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  • Question

  • I have several users who I've deleted from Active Directory. Their mailboxes apparently do not automatically get deleted from Exchange when you delete the user. When I rt. click the user's mailbox in Exchange, everything is grayed out. How can I delete the mailbox after the user has been deleted?

    Thanks,
    Scott

    Thursday, September 30, 2010 5:51 PM

Answers

  • See the article Mark linked.

    Run the Cleanup Agent, then select Purge for the mailbox.

     

    • Proposed as answer by Serena Li Monday, October 4, 2010 8:13 AM
    • Marked as answer by scottyp55 Thursday, October 7, 2010 2:52 PM
    Thursday, September 30, 2010 8:59 PM

All replies

  • Don't. Just leave it all alone. There is "Deleted Mailbox Retention" which is there to protect you from yourself. After a certain number of days the mailboxes will automatically purge. http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/MF022.html explains a little more.
     
    "scottyp55" wrote in message news:331b46ac-fd1c-47c6-bc71-5ae8b21ac9dc...

    I have several users who I've deleted from Active Directory. Their mailboxes apparently do not automatically get deleted from Exchange when you delete the user. When I rt. click the user's mailbox in Exchange, everything is grayed out. How can I delete the mailbox after the user has been deleted?

    Thanks,
    Scott


    Mark Arnold, Exchange MVP.
    • Proposed as answer by Serena Li Monday, October 4, 2010 8:13 AM
    Thursday, September 30, 2010 6:36 PM
  • You can also change the deletion count retention to 1 /2 days and wait for the scheduled maintenance to complete which would purge the mailboxes

    • Proposed as answer by Serena Li Monday, October 4, 2010 8:13 AM
    Thursday, September 30, 2010 6:48 PM
  • Good to know. Thanks.

    If I did want to manually delete the mailbox, is there a way to do it?

    Thanks,
    Scott

    Thursday, September 30, 2010 7:58 PM
  • See the article Mark linked.

    Run the Cleanup Agent, then select Purge for the mailbox.

     

    • Proposed as answer by Serena Li Monday, October 4, 2010 8:13 AM
    • Marked as answer by scottyp55 Thursday, October 7, 2010 2:52 PM
    Thursday, September 30, 2010 8:59 PM
  • Thanks.

    Also, where is the setting for how often deleted mailboxes get removed?

    Thursday, October 7, 2010 2:50 PM
  • Nevermind. Found it. Thanks for your help.
    Thursday, October 7, 2010 2:52 PM