how long does it take for a deleted mailbox to get removed from recycle bin in Exchange 2010

J.R. Sitman
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I have several mailboxes that were deleted over a week ago and they are still showing up in the Global Address book and the are listed in the Recycle Bin.

When do they get completely removed?  Can this process be sped up?
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems Administrator

Commented:
recycle bin?  how were they deleted?
deleted mailboxes will appear in disconnected mailboxes 30 days then purged
J.R. SitmanIT Director

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Commented:
Yes, Recycle bin.  See attached.  I use Advanced Toolware UMA forms for managing user accounts.  That's how it was deleted.
deleted-mailbox.png
Sr. Systems Administrator
Commented:
what is your AD functional level?  if 2008, and recycle bin enabled, the recycle bin doesn't appear in any gui tool as it's powershell-only.   if 2012, it will appear as 'deleted objects' container.  that 3rd party tool or another user must have created that container

if the mailbox was deleted, it would not show in the list of mailboxes but only appear in the disconnected mailboxes folder since it isn't associated with an AD object.  from what i see in the screenshot, the mailbox was not deleted - especially since it's still in the GAL; either that or someone since reconnected it to the AD object
Md. MojahidExchange server admin

Commented:
You have to remove from AD attribute.
J.R. SitmanIT Director

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Commented:
It seems that you are correct, it was not deleted.  I did a "remove" and now it's gone.

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