Uninstalling Exchange Server 2010 RC, Mailbox role prerequisites error:

Tried to uninstall Exchange 2010 RC and encountered this error:
"Uninstall cannot continue. Database 'Mailbox Database 0186314254': This mailbox database contains one or more mailboxes or arbitration mailboxes. To get a list of all mailboxes in this database, run the command Get-Mailbox -Database . To get a list of all arbitration mailboxes in this database, run the command Get-Mailbox -Database -Arbitration. Before you can remove this mailbox database, you must disable, move, or remove user mailboxes and move arbitration mailboxes.

So I removed the user maibloxes, but had no idea how to remove arbitration mailboxes, after some googling here is what I did:
in Exchange Management Shell
Get-Mailbox -Arbitration | Remove-Mailbox -Arbitration -RemoveLastArbitrationMailboxAllowed
this should remove all arbitration mailboxes.

Or you can do the following
get-mailbox -arbitration | fl name, identity

After you get the ID of those mailboxes you can remove them one by one with the following command:
remove-mailbox -identity "domain.com/Users/SystemMailbox{1f05a927-563f-4671-8a1b-487764400889}" -arbitration -RemoveLastArbitrationMailboxAllowed

If all went smooth you can try uninstalling Exchange Server.

Links: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/exchange2010/thread/d058717e-bf70-4449-91c2-fa00b47d415f


  1. Anonymous5.12.09

    DANGEROUS !!! After this procedure you can't be able install mailbox role again.

    Get-Mailbox -Arbitration | Disable-Mailbox -Arbitration -RemoveLastArbitrationMailboxAllowed

  2. Anonymous5.3.10

    Not entirely true.

    Check out this link:


  3. Saved me many hours. Thanks for the use of your knowledge. Worked perfectly!

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  5. Anonymous28.9.12

    the best is to move the three abritration mailbox to another DB on another Exchange Mailbox Server 2010.

    New-MoveRequest -Identity ´'....' -TargetDatabase "..."

    then uninstall without any problem your exchange mbx 2010...