Remove an address book policy

Use this procedure to remove an address book policy (ABP).

What do you need to know before you begin?

  • Estimated time to complete: Less than 5 minutes.

  • You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure or procedures. To see what permissions you need, see the "Address book policies" entry in the Email Address and Address Book Permissions topic.

  • You can't remove an ABP if it's assigned to a user's mailbox or to a soft-deleted mailbox. To determine if an ABP is assigned to a user, run the following Shell command:

    Get-Mailbox | Where $._AddressBookPolicy -eq <AddressBookPolicyName>

    To determine if an ABP is assigned to a soft-deleted mailbox, run the following command:

    Get-Mailbox -SoftDeletedMailbox | Where $._AddressBookPolicy -eq <AddressBookPolicyName>

  • To remove an ABP from a user's mailbox, you can use the Mailbox features page of the mailbox's properties or the Set-Mailbox cmdlet.

  • You can't use the Exchange Administration Center (EAC) to remove an ABP. You must use the Shell.

  • For information about keyboard shortcuts that may apply to the procedures in this topic, see Keyboard shortcuts in the Exchange admin center.


Having problems? Ask for help in the Exchange forums. Visit the forums at Exchange Server,Exchange Online, or Exchange Online Protection.

Use the Shell to remove an ABP

This example removes the ABP ABP_TailspinToys.

Remove-AddressBookPolicy -Identity "ABP_TailspinToys"

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Remove-AddressBookPolicy.