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Exchange, GAL, AD, disabled users, several questions

Last Modified: 2015-09-22
Our environment is Windows Server 2012 R2 domain @ 2008 DFL/FFL with Exchange 2013.

When we disable a user in AD, email does not bounce and I would expect it to.  I think it's because we are at 2008 DFL/FFL.  To test this, I logged into another domain I manage that is 2012 R2 DFL/FFL and tested.  When I disable users there, the mail bounces.

In my 2008 DFL/FFL I have to manually disable the mailbox before mail bounces.  

So, my question is, is something broken?  In a 2008 DFL/FFL domain with Exchange 2013, should mail bounce when a user is disabled in AD?  Must I manually disable the mailbox as well?  Why?  This seems counter intuitive as I clearly recall disabling a user in AD killed access to everything in earlier versions of Windows.



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