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Impact of removing a partly moved mailbox in E2K10

Posted on 2013-11-06
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We started a mailbox move from an E2K10 box to a E2K7 but have suspended it mid move as it was 15Gb and taking forever.

Can somebody please confirm that the 'remove move' command is safe to run and that the original mailbox wont be impacted (as I expect it to be but just want to be 100%)

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by:Will Szymkowski
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When the mailbox is moved to another database it does a soft delete on the source database. This mailbox would then then accessible via powershell using the MailboxRestoreRequest cmdlet. If you use the Remove command the mailbox should still reside on the source mailbox database.

Take a look at the link below for reference...
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd298174(v=exchg.141).aspx

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by:RMDOps
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Hi
in the above you mention 'should still reside on the source mailbox database' .... I was looking for definitive confirmation if possible
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If you reference the link in the first post under "Soft Deleted Mailboxes" you will see that it will still reside on the source mailbox server until you have removed it manually or the mailbox retention policy has expired...


When mailboxes are moved from an Exchange 2010 SP1 database to any other database, Exchange doesn't fully delete the mailbox from the source database immediately upon completion of the move. Instead, the mailbox in the source mailbox database is switched to a soft-deleted state. Mailbox data can be accessed during a mailbox restore operation using the MailboxRestoreRequest cmdlet set. The soft-deleted mailboxes are retained in the source database until either the deleted mailbox retention period expires or you use the Remove-StoreMailbox cmdlet to purge the mailbox.

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