How to Disable Mail for a Mail-Enabled User

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will reach end of support on April 11, 2017. To stay supported, you will need to upgrade. For more information, see Resources to help you upgrade your Office 2007 servers and clients.


Applies to: Exchange Server 2007, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP3

Topic Last Modified: 2006-12-20

This topic explains how to use the Exchange Management Console and the Exchange Management Shell to disable mail for a mail-enabled user in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. This task removes all the Exchange attributes from the user object in the Active Directory directory service. However, it does not remove the user from Active Directory.

To perform this procedure, the account you use must be delegated the following:

  • Exchange Recipient Administrator role

For more information about permissions, delegating roles, and the rights that are required to administer Exchange Server 2007, see Permission Considerations.

  1. Start the Exchange Management Console.

  2. In the console tree, expand Recipient Configuration, and then click Mail Contact.

  3. In the result pane, select the mail user for which you want to disable mail.

  4. In the action pane, under the name of the mail user, click Disable.

  5. A warning appears asking, Are you sure you want to disable 'mail user name'. Click Yes to disable the mail user.

  • Run the following command:


    When prompted, type Y to confirm the disabling of the mail user.

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see the Disable-MailUser reference topic.

For more information about the Exchange Management Shell, see Using the Exchange Management Shell.