Managing Terminated Users Windows Server 2003

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Active Directory
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Microsoft Exchange
Microsoft Exchange 2007
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
I am kinda new to multiple account user management, so bare with me please. Is there a way to remove users from both AD and exchange after a certain lenght of time? We disable their account on termination day but do not delete them. Just wondering what some other admin phylosiphies are?  Thanks so much !

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Server 2003 2 , Exchange 2007

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Deleting user accounts in both AD/Exchange is relatively simple.
Most places typically leave the account on the server for about a month – so they can clear/check files and whatnot – before removing them completely…

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  • saturno
    I think leaving the account disabled for a certain time (~1/2 month(s)) is a good practice, When you're comfortable to delete them, just open Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC), locate the account, right click and choose Delete - you'll be asked if you also want to delete the corresponding email account (if existent) HTH
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  • Labnuke99
    The challenge with this though is that once the user object is deleted there could be orphaned files/folders that user created/owned. Those orphans would need to be addressed to retain ownership and possible accessibility.
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  • Rlove1067
    I appreciate all the input !! I understand how to delete them but I did thinks there was a way to set a deletion date in AD ?? Could be wrong here. And yes, The orphaned files can be troublesome. We use a file server to store user files on and it is attached to their user profile in AD by group policy, so they get deleted as well. I think I have a handle on it now. I really appreciate all the input!! If someone knows anymore about setting a deletion date, please let me know ! Thanks
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  • jinteik
    last time what we did is we move all resign / terminated staff in 1 OU..then after a while we will just delete them manually. as for auto deletion, i have not tried this program, but you can check it from here, but its not free... http://www.dodownload.com/antivir+security/guards/jiji+active+directory+cleaner.html
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