Exchange 2010 – Purge Disconnected (Soft Deleted) Mailboxes

When a mail-enabled user account is deleted from Active Directory or a mailbox is deleted using the Exchange Management Console, the mailbox is retained as a disconnected mailbox according to the mailbox retention setting.

To manually remove the mailboxes you will need to use the ‘Remove-StoreMailbox’ commandlet in the Exchange Management Shel.

  1. MSExchange2010-PurgeDisconnected1

How to manually remove disconnected (soft deleted) mailboxes

  1. Open the Exchange Management Shell
  2. Run the following command
  3. $mailboxes = Get-ExchangeServer | Where-Object {$_.IsMailboxServer