How to Disable a Mailbox

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: 2006-12-18

This topic explains how to use the Exchange Management Console and the Exchange Management Shell to disable the mailbox of an existing Active Directory directory service user object in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. This task removes all the Exchange attributes from the user object in Active Directory. Based on the deleted items retention policy, the Exchange store will retain mailbox data for the user object.

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 Mailbox.

  3. In the result pane, select the mailbox that you want to disable.

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

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

  • Run the following command:


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


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