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Exchange 2010 SP3 - "Remove-Mailbox" and personal archives

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Greetings.  After a set period of time, we export users' e-mail to a .PST, then remove them from Exchange/AD with the remove-mailbox command in ps.

We just started using personal archives ("online" archiving, as MS describes it).

Question:  does the remove-mailbox command also delete/remove the archive mailbox for the user ?

Thanks much.
-Stephen
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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Short answer - yes.

Obviously, if you have the archive mailbox in a different database with different retention times, then the archive can be available to be reattached in a different window to the primary.

Simon.
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by:lapavoni
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Hmmm. The archive is in a different database. So "remove-mailbox" will remove the user's regular mailbox in one database in additional to his/her archive mailbox in a different database ?
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Simon Butler (Sembee) earned 500 total points
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Correct.
It is an AD action you are doing, against the user's AD account. As the AD account has gone, Exchange will remove the archive mailbox as well, because they are linked.

Simon.
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by:lapavoni
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Excellent. Thank you, Simon, as always.
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by:lapavoni
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Appreciate confirmation from the expert. Thanks, Simon.
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