Removing or disabling mailboxes

Mailboxes don’t last forever and eventually you will want to remove some from Exchange, usually after users leave the company. You’ll probably want to keep a mailbox for some time after a user leaves so that its contents are not immediately lost and they remain accessible to other users or for legal purposes. EMC provides two options for mailbox removal: You can either disable or remove a mailbox. The words “disable” and “remove” seem similar, but there’s a huge difference in what happens behind the scenes in each of these operations.

When you disable a mailbox, Exchange removes all of the properties from the underlying Windows user account in Active Directory that associates the user with the mailbox. The contents ...

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