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We had a user that got accidentally disabled in AD so their exchange 2007 account was removed. But when I look in disconnected mailboxes, I cannot find it. I guess this happened 4 days ago, so it should be in the disconnected mailboxes.

Where else can I look for it to restore it?

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by:Sandeshdubey
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You need to enable the account in AD and then you have to reconnect the mailboxes from Exchange Management Console-->select the Disconnected Mailbox option and reconnect it.
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by:rdefino
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that's the problem. The users mailbox doesn't show in the disconnected list.
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by:Sandeshdubey
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If you have backup then you can restore the same.
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by:rdefino
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That's my fallback, but why wouldn't it show in disconnected mailboxes
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Morasiva earned 250 total points
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Hi,

When mailboxes are deleted incorrectly the Exchange 2007/2010 mailbox server doesn’t process them correctly, and as a result they do not end up in the disconnected mailbox list.
However you can fix this problem with the Clean-MailboxDatabase command. Simply launch the Exchange Management Shell and run the command against the database that the user’s mailbox was on.

Clean-MailboxDatabase "EX2010MB\First Storage Group\Mailbox Database"

Refresh the disconnected mailboxes view for that mailbox server. The mailbox should now appear correctly and can be reconnected if necessary.

Reference Link:

http://exchangeserverpro.com/exchange-2007-2010-deleted-mailbox-appearing-disconnected-mailboxes
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by:rdefino
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any way to find out what DB the mailbox was on. We have many,many mail stores.
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by:Navdeep
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You can run message tracking against the old message tracking logs and find out to which database message was delivered

get-messagetrackinglog -Recipients:user@domain.com -EventID "DELIVER" -Start "05/02/2013 02:40:00" -End "06/02/2013 02:50:00" | FL Sender,Recipients,EventId,ServerHostName

You can get the server name and then you can run Clean-MailboxDatabase against that server. Yes you still need to run the command against all the database hosted on that server.

You can narrow down the search using
get-mailboxdatabase -server servername | clear-mailbox

hope that helps

Regards
Navdeep [v-2nas]
Infrastructure Sol. Architecture
[ExchangeADTech]
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by:Nagendra Pratap Singh
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This is not the exact command but will give you list of all disconnect mailboxes.

http://www.howexchangeworks.com/2009/10/task-get-list-of-disconnected-mailboxes.html

Then you can filter for your MB.
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So I ran the command:

get-messagetrackinglog -Recipients:user@domain.com -EventID "DELIVER" -Start "05/02/2013 02:40:00" -End "06/02/2013 02:50:00" | FL Sender,Recipients,EventId,ServerHostName

change the user@domain.com and adjusted the date to search for 01/22/2013 and end at 02/04/2013

and it found nothing.

Shouldn't it have found messages?
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Use Message tracking from EMC and increase the time frame.
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