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How to Remove Exchange 2013 Default Databases–Recommended way

Note : Its Preferred to Move the Database Path and Rename the Databases instead of removing it. Still you will come across some situations you had to remove them. https://www.azure365pro.com/how-to-move-database-path-and-log-folder-path-in-exchange-2013/

  • Move your Mailboxes
  • Move your Public Folder Mailboxes
  • Do Not Move you Monitoring Mailboxes
  • Move your Arbitration Mailboxes

Then you are good to Delete the Default Database

$olddb = Get-MailboxDatabase "Mailbox Database 2009099270"
$newdb = Get-MailboxDatabase "Database-001"

 To Check for Mailboxes –

Get-mailbox –Database $olddb

To move Mailboxes to Different Database

Get-mailbox –Database $olddb | New-moverequest –TargetDatabase $newdb

 To Check for Public Folder Mailboxes –

Get-Mailbox -Database $olddb –PublicFolder

To move Mailboxes to Different Database

Get-Mailbox -Database $olddb –PublicFolder | New-moverequest –TargetDatabase $newdb

 To Check for monitoring mailboxes –

Get-Mailbox -Database $olddb –Monitoring

It has to be removed by Exchange Server itself . But it wont have access to remove them. keep a copy of it and remove it from Active Directory.

  • Don’t move the Health Mailbox from one database to another.

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 To Check for arbitration mailboxes –

Get-Mailbox -Database $olddb –Arbitration

To move Mailboxes to Different Database

Get-Mailbox -Database $olddb –Arbitration | New-moverequest –TargetDatabase $newdb

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Now Check all move request status

Get-MoveRequest | Get-MoveRequestStatistics

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Now Remove all Move requests once completed.

Get-moverequest | remove-moverequest

Now remove the Database

Get-MailboxDatabase $olddb | Remove-MailboxDatabase 

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Smile

 

Error –

This mailbox database contains one or more mailboxes, mailbox plans, archive mailboxes, public folder mailboxes or arbitration mailboxes. To get a list of all mailboxes in this database, run the command Get-Mailbox -Database <Database ID>. To get a list of all mailbox plans in this database, run the command Get-MailboxPlan. To get a list of archive mailboxes in this database, run the command Get-Mailbox -Database <Database ID> -Archive. To get a list of all public folder mailboxes in this database, run the command Get-Mailbox -Database <Database ID> -PublicFolder. To get a list of all arbitration mailboxes in this database, run the command Get-Mailbox -Database <Database ID> -Arbitration. To disable a non-arbitration mailbox so that you can delete the mailbox database, run the command Disable-Mailbox <Mailbox ID>. To disable an archive mailbox so you can delete the mailbox database, run the command Disable-Mailbox <Mailbox ID> -Archive. To disable a public folder mailbox so that you can delete the mailbox database, run the command Disable-Mailbox <Mailbox ID> -PublicFolder. Arbitration mailboxes should be moved to another server; to do this, run the command New-MoveRequest <parameters>. If this is the last server in the organization, run the command Disable-Mailbox <Mailbox ID> -Arbitration -DisableLastArbitrationMailboxAllowed to disable the arbitration mailbox. Mailbox plans should be moved to another server; to do this, run the command Set-MailboxPlan <MailboxPlan ID> -Database <Database ID>.

Satheshwaran Manoharan
Satheshwaran Manoharanhttps://www.azure365pro.com
Award-winning Technology Leader with a wealth of experience running large teams and diversified industry exposure in cloud computing. From shipping lines to rolling stocks.In-depth expertise in driving cloud adoption strategies and modernizing systems to cloud native. Specialized in Microsoft Cloud, DevOps, and Microsoft 365 Stack and conducted numerous successful projects worldwide. Also, Acting as a Technical Advisor for various start-ups.

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