Exchange CALS for deleted mailboxes?

david olson 1 Reputation point

Hey folks, we're considering changing our deleted mailbox retention policy in on-premises Exchange 2016 to 6 months. We seem to have a significant increase in former employees returning after any given period of time.

Are CALs for user mailboxes required, or off the books (off the hook financially), when mailboxes are deleted/disabled? Don't want to run into licensing issues with this change.

If anyone knows the answer and can add confirmation/documentation of that, it would be very helpful.

Also, any other concerns you may know of in making this change?

Thanks much.

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  1. david olson 1 Reputation point

    Great, thanks Kyle. I agree, from all the vague info out there, I am confident that you only require a CAL if there's a live person actually using the system. Appreciate the comment.

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