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Exchange 2010 Move or Remove Arbitration mailbox

Arbitration
 
We have recently recovered from a disaster and in doing so we have created new datastores for our mailboxes.
 
I was struggling to remove one of the old databases and discovered that it had an Arbitration mailbox listed.
 
The server which the Arbitration mailbox listed no longer exists and it does not allow me to move the mailbox.
 
1) Is it safe to delete the Arbitration mailboxes?
 
2) Do I need to recreate Arbitration mailboxes? If so, how?
 
3) How would I move the Arbitration mailbox to another datastore if the server it is currently has association with no longer exists?
 
Thank you~!
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Exchange_GeekCommented:
All your answers my friend are in the links below, I'll leave you in safe hands of the author of the links :)

Ref: http://blog.chrislehr.com/2009/10/exchange-2010-what-is-arbitration.htm
http://msundis.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/show-and-move-hidden-arbitration-mailboxes-in-exchange-server-2010/

Regards,
Exchange_Geek
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S_K_SCommented:
You need to recreate them. This article should answer all your questions.
http://blog.chrislehr.com/2009/10/exchange-2010-what-is-arbitration.htm
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the_omnificAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys but I have Googled all this myself. I was hoping for a little more insight to what is going on and hopefully your experience.
 
I can see that; Setup.com /PrepareAD will recreate them but what if they already exist in AD but the mailboxes do not? Are there any risks?
 
If I removed the Arbitration mailboxes what impact would it make on my enviroment?
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the_omnificAuthor Commented:
Additionally, running; Setup.com /PrepareAD
 
Is it safe to run in a production enviroment?
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Exchange_GeekCommented:
/prepareAD can be run anytime - without any hassles, I was amused too - cause what a simple google search could have brought up link for something as simple as arbitration mailbox was asked.

Regards,
Exchange_Geek
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Exchange_GeekCommented:
Let us keep it simple,

arbitration mailbox is used for folks to allow them to approve/disprove of emails - this is a feature that is used when emails are sent to specific users or DLs.

That's it - this mailbx works with transport server and helps in moderation of emails.

Regards,
Exchange_Geek
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S_K_SCommented:
There should be no issues running the prepareAD command as it can be run anytime without any issues
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the_omnificAuthor Commented:
We have 4 Exchange servers in the DAG. Does it matter what server I run prepareAD on? Or does it need to be run on the Hub Tranport servers only?
 
So to confirm. I can run; Setup.com /PrepareAD at anytimeand it will not affect anything else?
 
Should I remove the existing Arbitration mailboxes before I run PrepareAD ? Or doesn't it matter?
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S_K_SCommented:
Removal of the existing ones is not needed. Simply move ahead with prepareAD and it can be on any server
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the_omnificAuthor Commented:
I have performed Setup.com /PrepareAD and it completed successfully however the arbitration SystemMailbox still exists on the old server?
 
No change, any ideas?
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the_omnificAuthor Commented:
I manually deleted the account and followed these instructions; http://msundis.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/recreate-and-enabled-missing-arbitration-user-accounts-and-mailboxes/
 
All perfect :)
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
1) Is it safe to delete the Arbitration mailboxes? - Move it

Move:
Get-Mailbox -Arbitration -Database db1 | New-MoveRequest -TargetDatabase db2

Disable:
Get-Mailbox -Arbitration -Database db1 | Disable-Mailbox -Arbitration

Remove:
Get-Mailbox -Arbitration -Database db1 | Remove-Mailbox -Arbitration -RemoveLastArbitrationMailboxAllowed

New Arbitration Mailbox:
New-Mailbox -Arbitration -Database db1

I saw one more command on the internet
Remove-Mailbox <Mailbox ID> -Arbitration -RemoveLastArbitrationMailboxAllowed


- Rancy
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the_omnificAuthor Commented:
Hi Rancy, I couldn't move it as it sat on a Exchange server that no longer exists. Removing it manually from AD worked.
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
Perfect just monitor that you dont get any errors ..... If so do let us know and surely we will fix it :)

Saw your post going ling without success so posted the commands or else i was planning to jump into AD\ADSIEDIT if need be :)

- Rancy
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Exchange_GeekCommented:
Glad that we were able to assist, sorry friend - I was knock'd out after being awake for almost 14-16 working .....so couldn't see you post, but I'm glad together we were able to provide you the solution that you wanted.

Regards,
Exchange_Geek
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