You cannot create a mailbox or mail-enable a mailbox for a disabled user account in an Exchange Server 2010 environment

Symptoms

Consider the following scenario:
  • You have a disabled user account in a Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 environment.
  • You try to create a mailbox or to mail-enable a mailbox for the user account.
In this scenario, you encounter the following issues:
  • If you use Exchange Management Console to check the user account, the user account does not appear.
  • If you use Exchange Management Shell to check the user account, the operation fails, and you receive the following error message:
    Active Directory account must be logon-enabled for the user's mailbox.

Resolution

To resolve this issue, install the update rollup that is described in the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:  
2685289 Description of Update Rollup 3 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2

Workaround

To work around this issue, temporarily enable the user account to create a mailbox, and then disable the user account.

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information

For more information about how to create a mailbox in an Exchange organization, go to the following Microsoft website:For more information about how to mail-enable a mailbox by using the Enable-Mailbox cmdlet, go to the following Microsoft website:For more information about how to disable or enable a user account in Active Directory, go to the following Microsoft website:
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Article ID: 2706523 - Last Review: May 29, 2012 - Revision: 1

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