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Mistake: removed in stead of disable Exchange 2010 mailboxes.

I am in the middle of uninstalling an Exchange 2010 sp3 server without the need to migrate or keep mailboxes.

I started the uninstall and it said that i could'n t uninstall. So i first disabled the mailboxes and as a stupid mistake i removed all mailboxes in stead.

They are still residing in the disconnected Mailbox. When i click on one of these mailboxes, i can only connect them to user. So that's why i think it really happend.

When it was disabled i could reconnect it.

But now: users are still active in Active Directory (They should!!) and the mailboxes are in the disconnected mailbox folder, waiting to be purged.

Before i use Hyena or another thirth party tool, what can i do here?

1) i need to remove the old Exchange 2010 server, but didn't finish because of errors
2) My mailboxes are removed, so the active directory users will also be removed, but when?
3) i have 1 backup of my Domain controller (not the Exchange server)
4) What can i do to keep my current active directory users and remove the Exchange 2010 server from my domain?







Stupid mistake: removed in stead of disabled exchange 2010 users. When will AD delete the user accounts?
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8/22/2022 - Mon
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Hi Qlema, i just connected the mailboxes to the right user in AD, after that, i did a disable of the all the Exchange users, just to be sure.

No i am in the middle of uninstall Exchange 2010. Do you think i will lose the active directory accounts?
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I unintalled exchange successfull. So no worries anymore?
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Hi Peter. Exchange is now already uninstalled, and my AD accounts are still there (the mailboxes were in disconnected mailboxes in Exchange). The purpose was to uninstall Exchange; that part succeeded.

Because my AD accounts are still there (and Exchange is already uninstalled) i think this is ok now?

Or will there still be a schedule (even if Exchange is uninstalled) that my AD acounts will be deleted? Or because of uninstall of Exchange i do not need to worry anymore?
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Thanks all for your helpful support