How can I disable and archive a mailbox without deleting it?

Posted on 2014-07-14
Last Modified: 2014-07-28
Running Exchange 2010, I'm a little lost as to how to disable a mailbox but never delete its contents?  I'd also like to move it to an archive store, if possible.  I already have a retention policy in place that moves mail from the regular store to the archive - I assume the process is similar?
Question by:sbumpas
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    Those look great, thanks!  For moving those mailboxes to an archival store, is it just a matter of applying a different retention policy?

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    Digging through the reply you gave, I applied a Transport Rule that rejects (and sends an appropriate reply) to members of a "disabled mailboxes" group.  I then manually moved the mailbox to an archive database, but I'm a little stuck on when the migrated mailbox is deleted from the original store?  

    I believe it to be a default retention policy of 30 days - I'd like to change this to 7 days.  is this the appropriate location to make that change?
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    by:Jamie McKillop

    Right now, you have it set to zero, which means deleted mailboxes are not being retained. If you set it to seven days, deleted mailboxes will be retained for 7 days going forward. This will not have a impact of mailboxes you have already deleted as they have already been purged.


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    Thanks - I thought setting it to '0' would retain them indefinitely.  Glad you pointed that out!

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