17.13. Purging a Deleted Mailbox


You want to purge a deleted mailbox from the Exchange Store.


Using a graphical user interface

  1. Open the Exchange System Manager (ESM) snap-in.

  2. In the left pane, browse to the mailboxes container of the server, storage group, and database where you want to purge a mailbox.

  3. In the left pane, scroll down until you find the mailbox that you wish to purge. The mailbox should have a small red circle with a white X in it, indicating it is disconnected.

  4. Right-click the mailbox and select Purge.

  5. When prompted if you are sure you want to continue, click Yes.

Using VBScript

' This code purges a deleted mailbox.
strComputer = "<Exchange Server>" 'e.g., ExchServer2
strMailbox = "<Mailbox Alias>"    'e.g., jsmith
' ------ END CONFIGURATION ---------
set objWMI = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & _
set objDiscMbx = objWMI.ExecQuery("Select * from Exchange_Mailbox WHERE " _
                              & "MailboxDisplayName='" & strMailbox & "'",,48)
for each objMbx in objDiscMbx
Wscript.Echo "Successfully purged mailbox."


A mailbox that has been deleted still has physical presence in the Exchange store. This recipe wipes that mailbox completely from the store. Once a mailbox has been purged, the only way to retrieve it is through restoring from a backup, which could be a lengthy process given the need to recover the entire store. In other words, don't do this unless you are sure of the ...

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