Mail box delete but user retain in AD

Dear Experts,

In my organisation windows server 2012 is installed along with Ad & also exchange 2013. I want to delete a mail box but i need that user in the AD. I don't want to disable the mail box.
Option in the exchange showing as Disable & Delete.

Please advice me what I need to do to retain that user in the AD.


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MAS (MVE)EE Solution Guide - Technical Dept HeadCommented:
Hi jct_777,
-->I want to delete a mail box but i need that user in the AD. I don't want to disable the mail box.
Your question is a bit confusing.  Appreciate your clarify.

If you just want to disable and keep AD user just disable as below.


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jct_777Author Commented:
Hi ,

My question is can we retain that particular user after deleting his  mail id from the exchange server .


MAS (MVE)EE Solution Guide - Technical Dept HeadCommented:
Yes you can. Please check image in comment above.
Use this command
disable-mailbox jsmith

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jct_777Author Commented:

Ok. So if I delete the mail id from the exchange then that user will get deleted from AD also.


Andy MIT Systems ManagerCommented:
Delete = Remove mailbox and AD user account.

Disable = detach the mailbox from the AD user account (mailbox will remain disconnected and hidden from view/access) and auto-removed by Exchange depending on your setup (default - 30 days). You can still use the AD account.
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