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Exchange 2010 remove a mailbox but leave AD account active

jkirman
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Greetings,

In Exchange 2003 it was possible to remove/disconnect a mailbox from an Active Directory account but not delete the AD account.  That way you could restore a backup of the mailbox and reattach it to the original AD account.  In Exchange 2010, when in the Exchange Management Console and working with the Recipient list, if I remove a mailbox, it will also delete the associated AD account.  I can not find any option to remove the mailbox but leave the AD account still active.  Any thoughts on how to di this would be appreciated.  Many thanks in advance.
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To remove the Exchange mailbox and leave the AD account active, all you have to do is right click on the mailbox in the Exchange Management ConsoleRecipient ConfigurationMailbox > then select Disable.

A message will then appear to confirm that you are removing the Exchange mailbox from their user account.
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Thanks VP ITS this was exactly what I was looking for!  Tested it and it did the trick exactly as needed.  Awarding points.

Cheers!
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