Reconnecting a moved source mailbox in Exchange 2010

Posted on 2014-08-14
Last Modified: 2014-08-15
I have a pure exchange 2010 environment.  When 2010 performs a mailbox move the original source mailbox is left in the source database "disconnected".  This sticks for whatever retention period you have set.  I have a user that's complaining about missing emails after a mailbox move, so I'd like a peek into that original source mailbox to see if the missing messages are there.  Unfortunately when I try to run Connect-Mailbox I get an error that the mailbox doesn't exist in the database.  I'm think the DisconnectReason property which is set to SoftDelete is preventing the reconnect.

My question is does anyone know a way to force this through, preferable while reconnecting to an alternate user account?

Let me know.  Thanks.

Question by:nashiooka
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    Accepted Solution

    From Exchange 2010 help:

    If you don’t want to override the existing user mailbox, you can recover it to his archive or to a new dummy mailbox.

    SoftDelete means that the mailbox is marked for deletion but not yet deleted.
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    Author Closing Comment

    Yeah I arrived at the same conclusion. Ran recover and it worked. Thanks.

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