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Arbitration mailbox not getting removed RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am trying to remove the arbitration mailbox and can not. 

    How do I find the full name of the mailbox?  I get a ... at the end of the mailbox name like in:

    [PS] C:\Windows\System32>get-mailbox -arbitration

    Name                      Alias                ServerName       ProhibitSendQuo
                                                                    ta
    ----                      -----                ----------       ---------------
    SystemMailbox{1f05a927... SystemMailbox{1f0... sk2              unlimited
    SystemMailbox{e0dc1c29... SystemMailbox{e0d... sk2              unlimited



    If I try to remove using wildcards as in

    [PS] C:\Windows\System32>remove-mailbox *1f05* -arbitration

    Confirm
    Are you sure you want to perform this action?
    Removing the Mailbox "*1f05*" will remove the Windows user object and mark the
    mailbox in the database for removal.
    [Y] Yes  [A] Yes to All  [N] No  [L] No to All  [?] Help (default is "Y"): y
    Invoke-Command : Active Directory operation failed on sk2003.sk4.cc.stonybrook.
    edu. This error is not retriable. Additional information: Access is denied.
    Active directory response: 00000005: SecErr: DSID-03151D12, problem 4003 (INSUF
    F_ACCESS_RIGHTS), data 0
    At C:\Users\administrator.SK4\AppData\Local\Temp\tmp_84dd0a39-ae56-442c-9ddd-68
    3333eb150a_lddaac3y.txf\tmp_84dd0a39-ae56-442c-9ddd-683333eb150a_lddaac3y.txf.p
    sm1:19026 char:25
    +         $scriptCmd = { & <<<<  $script:InvokeCommand `
        + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (0:Int32) [Remove-Mailbox], ADOper
       ationException
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : 974A3CFF,Microsoft.Exchange.Management.Recipient
       Tasks.RemoveMailbox


    I get the error above
    Saturday, April 18, 2009 4:11 PM

Answers

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  • Hi Sanjay,

    Try this...

    get-mailbox -arbitration | fl name, identity

    remove-mailbox -identity "<identity from above>" -arbitration  (-name might work for -identity here too, I forget.)


    I think you get bit by the { and } in the names, so you have to use quotes or else the cmdlet can't process them correctly.

    If you try to remove the last arbitration mailbox there is another parameter, I think it is -removelastarbitrationmailboxok or something like that. I should be in the "get-help remove-mailbox -full" somewhere. It looks like you were trying to delete them both at once, so that parameter would be required.
    Brian Day / MCSA / CCNA, Exchange/AD geek.
    Saturday, April 18, 2009 4:18 PM
  • It did not help

    [PS] C:\Windows\System32>get-mailbox -arbitration | fl name, identity


    Name     : SystemMailbox{1f05a927-3be2-4fb9-aa03-b59fe3b56f4c}
    Identity : sk4.cc.stonybrook.edu/Users/SystemMailbox{1f05a927-3be2-4fb9-aa03-b5
               9fe3b56f4c}

    Name     : SystemMailbox{e0dc1c29-89c3-4034-b678-e6c29d823ed9}
    Identity : sk4.cc.stonybrook.edu/Users/SystemMailbox{e0dc1c29-89c3-4034-b678-e6
               c29d823ed9}



    [PS] C:\Windows\System32>remove-mailbox "SystemMailbox{1f05a927-3be2-4fb9-aa03-b
    59fe3b56f4c}" -arbitration

    Confirm
    Are you sure you want to perform this action?
    Removing the Mailbox "SystemMailbox{1f05a927-3be2-4fb9-aa03-b59fe3b56f4c}" will
     remove the Windows user object and mark the mailbox in the database for
    removal.
    [Y] Yes  [A] Yes to All  [N] No  [L] No to All  [?] Help (default is "Y"):
    Invoke-Command : Active Directory operation failed on sk2003.sk4.cc.stonybrook.
    edu. This error is not retriable. Additional information: Access is denied.
    Active directory response: 00000005: SecErr: DSID-03151D12, problem 4003 (INSUF
    F_ACCESS_RIGHTS), data 0
    At C:\Users\administrator.SK4\AppData\Local\Temp\tmp_84dd0a39-ae56-442c-9ddd-68
    3333eb150a_lddaac3y.txf\tmp_84dd0a39-ae56-442c-9ddd-683333eb150a_lddaac3y.txf.p
    sm1:19026 char:25
    +         $scriptCmd = { & <<<<  $script:InvokeCommand `
        + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (0:Int32) [Remove-Mailbox], ADOper
       ationException
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : 974A3CFF,Microsoft.Exchange.Management.Recipient
       Tasks.RemoveMailbox
    Saturday, April 18, 2009 8:44 PM
  • First check it actually did get removed. I've seen a few false Access Denied here and there. It says it, but does complete the command in the background. Assuming it didn't though, the account you're running the command from is an Org Admin?

    Is this in Remote or Local powershell? If remote, try the Exchange Management Shell (Local) shortcut and try again. There are some commands still not quite working in remote powershell.
    Brian Day / MCSA / CCNA, Exchange/AD geek.
    Saturday, April 18, 2009 9:14 PM
  • Hiya,

    Try the following command and do let me know.

    Remove-Mailbox <Mailbox ID> -Arbitration -RemoveLastArbitrationMailboxAllowed

    Regards,
    -A
    • Proposed as answer by garyc007 Sunday, April 19, 2009 11:17 PM
    Sunday, April 19, 2009 7:32 PM
  • Hi,
    I'm having the same problem removing arbitration mailboxes so that I can uninstall the Mailbox Server role. Any update on solving this issue?

    Thanks.
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 8:32 PM
  • Is removing those mailboxes through ADUC a really bad idea?
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 8:38 PM
  • Carl,

    did you tried my suggestion earlier?

    Remove-Mailbox <Mailbox ID> -Arbitration -RemoveLastArbitrationMailboxAllowed

    Regards,
    -A
    Arun Kumar | MCSE - 2K3 + Messaging | ITIL-F V3
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 9:23 PM
  • Carl,

    did you tried my suggestion earlier?

    Remove-Mailbox <Mailbox ID> -Arbitration -RemoveLastArbitrationMailboxAllowed

    Regards,
    -A
    Arun Kumar | MCSE - 2K3 + Messaging | ITIL-F V3
    I'm OK Arun, I don't have this problem.. I was just wondering if removing them with ADUC is a bad thing to do, just out of curiosity.

    Akshai is having difficulties though apparently.

    cheers,
    Carl
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 9:32 PM
  • This is a known issue... for now, please use tools like ldp.exe or ADSIEDIT to find and remove the mailbox directly from AD.
    -Greg
    Thursday, April 23, 2009 5:32 AM
  • Hi Gregory,

    I had the same problem and using ADSIEDIT I deleted that database.

    It worked fine for me.

    Thanks.

    Regards.


    Luiz
    Thursday, May 7, 2009 8:43 PM
  • BINGO !!!!! -RemoveLastArbitrationMailboxAllowed did the trick

     

    Whoopeeee


    Lee
    Friday, June 25, 2010 6:26 PM
  • Dear All

     

    We reached here after having the issue where Exchange 2010 installation went wrong and had to remove Mailbox role completely.
    While removing the mailbox role we were facing the issue of Arbitration mailbox , we removed 2 mailboxes without problem but last System mailbox we were in two minds, whether it will give some problem for us because exchange 2003 was still in forest with mailboxes in it.

    So we took a chance by having exchange 2003 information store full backup and used the command 

    Remove-Mailbox <Mailbox ID> -Arbitration -RemoveLastArbitrationMailboxAllowed 

    And we never faced any problem with 2003 Exchange database.The database of exchange 2003 was up and running .

    After that we removed out database and the mailbox role .

    Hope it helps everyone who were trying to find whether removal through Remove-Mailbox <Mailbox ID> -Arbitration -RemoveLastArbitrationMailboxAllowed is good or bad

     

    Regards

     

    Nitin & Sutherson

     


    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 8:34 AM
  • Where would you find the mailbox using ADSIEDIT?
    Sunday, December 26, 2010 7:23 PM
  • If you don't realy Need use ADSIEDIT as realy last Option.

    You can also use

    Disable-Mailbox <Mailbox ID> -Arbitration -DisableLastArbitrationMailboxAllowed

    Greetings

    Friday, November 18, 2016 2:02 PM