Disable-RemoteMailbox

This cmdlet is available only in on-premises Exchange. Use the Disable-RemoteMailbox cmdlet to remove mailboxes from the cloud-based service but keepthe associated user objects in the on-premises Active Directory. For information about the parameter sets in the Syntax section below, see Exchange cmdlet syntax (https://technet.microsoft.com/library/bb123552.aspx).

Syntax

Disable-RemoteMailbox
       [-Identity] <RemoteMailboxIdParameter>
       [-Archive]
       [-Confirm]
       [-DomainController <Fqdn>]
       [-IgnoreDefaultScope]
       [-IgnoreLegalHold]
       [-WhatIf]
       [<CommonParameters>]

Description

Use the Disable-RemoteMailbox cmdlet to perform the following actions:

  • Remove a cloud-based mailbox but keep the associated on-premises user account. To do this, you first need to remove the Exchange Online license for the mailbox. Otherwise, the mailbox won't be removed. The on-premises mail user is automatically converted to a regular user object. You can mail-enable the on-premises user object using the Enable-MailUser cmdlet.

  • Disconnect a cloud-based archive mailbox from a cloud-based mailbox. The cloud-based mailbox and the associated on-premises mail user are preserved.

If you want to remove both the cloud-based mailbox and the associated on-premises mail user, use the Remove-RemoteMailbox cmdlet.

Directory synchronization must be configured correctly for a mailbox to be removed from the cloud. Removal of the cloud-based mailbox isn't immediate and depends on the directory synchronization schedule.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can run this cmdlet. Although this topic lists all parameters for the cmdlet, you may not have access to some parameters if they're not included in the permissions assigned to you. To find the permissions required to run any cmdlet or parameter in your organization, see Find the permissions required to run any Exchange cmdlet (https://technet.microsoft.com/library/mt432940.aspx).

Examples

-------------------------- Example 1 --------------------------

Disable-RemoteMailbox "Kim Akers"

This example removes the cloud-based mailbox that's associated with the on-premises mail usernamed Kim Akers. The mail user is automatically converted to a regular user. This example assumes that you've already removed the Exchange Online license for the mailbox, and that directory synchronization has been configured.

-------------------------- Example 2 --------------------------

Disable-RemoteMailbox "David Strome" -Archive

This example removes thecloud-based archive mailbox but keeps the cloud-based mailbox that's associated with the on-premises mail usernamed David Strome. This example assumes directory synchronization has been configured.

Required Parameters

-Identity

The Identity parameter specifies the cloud-based mailbox. Valid values are:

  • ADObjectID

  • GUID

  • Distinguished name (DN)

  • Domain\SamAccountName

  • User principal name (UPN)

  • LegacyExchangeDN

  • Email address

  • User alias

Type:RemoteMailboxIdParameter
Position:1
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Server 2016

Optional Parameters

-Archive

The Archive switch specifies whether to disconnect the cloud-based archive mailbox from the associated cloud-based mailbox.

The on-premises mail user and its associated cloud-based mailbox aren't removed if you use this switch.

Type:SwitchParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Server 2016
-Confirm

The Confirm switch specifies whether to show or hide the confirmation prompt. How this switch affects the cmdlet depends on if the cmdlet requires confirmation before proceeding.

  • Destructive cmdlets (for example, Remove-* cmdlets) have a built-in pause that forces you to acknowledge the command before proceeding. For these cmdlets, you can skip the confirmation prompt by using this exact syntax: -Confirm:$false.

  • Most other cmdlets (for example, New-* and Set-* cmdlets) don't have a built-in pause. For these cmdlets, specifying the Confirm switch without a value introduces a pause that forces you acknowledge the command before proceeding.

Type:SwitchParameter
Aliases:cf
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Server 2016
-DomainController

The DomainController parameter specifies the domain controller that's used by this cmdlet to read data from or write data to Active Directory. You identify the domain controller by its fully qualified domain name (FQDN). For example, dc01.contoso.com.

Type:Fqdn
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Server 2016
-IgnoreDefaultScope

The IgnoreDefaultScope switch tells the command to ignore the default recipient scope setting for the Exchange Management Shell session, and to use the entire forest as the scope. This allows the command to access Active Directory objects that aren't currently available in the default scope.

Using the IgnoreDefaultScope switch introduces the following restrictions:

  • You can't use the DomainController parameter. The command uses an appropriate global catalog server automatically.

  • You can only use the DN for the Identity parameter. Other forms of identification, such as alias or GUID, aren't accepted.

Type:SwitchParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Server 2016
-IgnoreLegalHold

The IgnoreLegalHold switch ignores the legal hold status of the mailbox user and allows you to disable a cloud-based mailbox that's on legal hold.

When you disable a mailbox, the mailbox is disconnected from the user account. After you disable a mailbox, you can't include it in a discovery search. Disconnected mailboxes are permanently deleted from the mailbox database after the deleted mailbox retention period expires. Check with your organization's legal or Human Resources department before disabling a mailbox that's on legal hold.

Type:SwitchParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Server 2016
-WhatIf

The WhatIf switch simulates the actions of the command. You can use this switch to view the changes that would occur without actually applying those changes. You don't need to specify a value with this switch.

Type:SwitchParameter
Aliases:wi
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Server 2016

Inputs

To see the input types that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types (https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=616387). If the Input Type field for a cmdlet is blank, the cmdlet doesn't accept input data.

Outputs

To see the return types, which are also known as output types, that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types (https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=616387). If the Output Type field is blank, the cmdlet doesn't return data.