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Delete and re-create the default discovery mailbox in Exchange

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Applies to: Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Online

Topic Last Modified: 2014-05-23

You can use the Exchange Management Shell to delete the default discovery mailbox, re-create it, and then assign permissions to it.

In Exchange Server 2013 and Exchange Online, the maximum size of the default discovery mailbox is 50 GB. It’s used to store In-Place eDiscovery search results. Before the size limit was changed, organizations could increase the storage quota to more than 50 GB. As a result, discovery mailboxes could grow to more than 50 GB. There are three issues with a default discovery mailbox that is larger than 50 GB:

  • It’s not supported.

  • It can’t be migrated to Office 365.

  • If it’s the default discovery mailbox in Exchange Server 2010, it can’t be upgraded to Exchange Server 2013.

How you resolve this depends on whether you want to save the search results from a default discovery mailbox that’s exceeded 50 GB.

 

Do you want to save the search results? Do this

No

Follow the steps in this topic to delete, and then re-create the default discovery mailbox.

Yes

Follow the steps in Reduce the size of a discovery mailbox in Exchange.

NoteNote:
You can’t use the Exchange admin center (EAC) because discovery mailboxes aren’t displayed in the EAC.
  1. Run the following command to delete the default discovery mailbox.

    Remove-Mailbox "DiscoverySearchMailbox{D919BA05-46A6-415f-80AD-7E09334BB852}"
    
  2. In the message asking you to confirm that you want to delete the mailbox and the corresponding Active Directory user object, type Y, and then press Enter.

    A new user object is created in Active Directory when you create the discovery mailbox in the next step.

  3. Run the following command to re-create the default discovery mailbox.

    New-Mailbox -Name "DiscoverySearchMailbox{D919BA05-46A6-415f-80AD-7E09334BB852}" -Alias "DiscoverySearchMailbox{D919BA05-46A6-415f-80AD-7E09334BB852}" -DisplayName "Discovery Search Mailbox" -Discovery
    
  4. Run the following command to assign the Discovery Management role group permissions to open the default discovery mailbox and view search results.

    Add-MailboxPermission "DiscoverySearchMailbox{D919BA05-46A6-415f-80AD-7E09334BB852}" -User "Discovery Management" -AccessRights FullAccess -InheritanceType all
    
 
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