Move Arbitration Mailboxes in Exchange 2010

By |2017-12-11T16:19:17+00:00August 23rd, 2011|Exchange|0 Comments

Came across an issue recently where a customer was unable to delete the first mailbox database they created in their exchange environment due to the following error.

Error:
This mailbox database contains one or more mailboxes, mailbox plans, archive 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 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. 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>.

The issue was that the arbitration mailboxes get place in the first mailbox database you create. Quick way to resolve the problem is to move the arbitration mailboxes by running the following in the Exchange Management Shell.

“Get-Mailbox –Arbitration | New-MoveRequest –TargetDatabase DatabaseName”

Then you should be ok to remove the database now Smile

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