delete AD user account without mailbox?

Posted on 2011-10-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-12

delete AD user account without mailbox?
when trying to delete a mail enabled user account I got following warning:
Are you sure you want to delete this object?
the selected object has other associated objects. Select those associated
objects that you also want to delete.
Mark each selected Exchange mailbox for deletion (checked)

But I can not uncheck "mark each selected ...".  I know the real mailbox
doesn't get deleted.  But wondering why gave me such message since I can not
do anything?  I guess you can select associated obejcts other than mailbox.
Is that right?
Question by:tbartim
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    by:Brian B (TBone2K)
    Are you running this operation from the Exchange server? Without the Exchange extension installed, it might not be able to perform the other functions.

    Having said that, you are right that the option is still there becuase there could be other associated objects.

    Author Comment

    Not running  MMC and ESM on Exchanhge server

    OK I had to delete the AD account and the mailbox was not deleted. REcreated the AD accoung and mailbox (pointed it to the same store Everything looks it OK it did create a duplicate mailbox in teh store
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    Accepted Solution

    Yes, if the AD account is deleted and the mailbox is left behind, it will become an "orphan". If you create a new AD account without a mailbox, you can go to the Exchange manager and associate the orphan account with the new AD account.

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