One of my users left the company. The user's mailbox was used to send & receive correspondance from customers and employees at in the field. Instead of creating a new mailbox or public folder to serve the purpose this user's mailbox is currently serving , management has asked that I keep this mailbox in production however I change the name of it to something more generic. They also want me to keep the user's email address associated to this mailbox so that any new email coming to that user will still continue to flow into this mailbox.
My plan is to access the EMC>Recipient Configuration>Mailbox>User's Mailbox>Properties on the general tab change the display name and Alias to this new generic name. Which should change the name of the mailbox as well as make the new generic name the primary email address for the mailbox. I will leave the existing "User" email address under the Email Addresses tab > SMTP. Which should continue to allow email to that address to flow into this mailbox.
The question/concern that I have is that managament wishes to continue to use the AD account to login to systems as the user but how does changing the name/alias of the mailbox affect the AD account? Does making the change affect the AD account and the username/password used to login to our network in any way?