Applies to: Exchange Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2012-07-12

Use the Remove-AddressBookPolicy cmdlet to delete an address book policy. You can't remove the address book policy if it's still assigned to a user's mailbox.

For information about the parameter sets in the Syntax section below, see Syntax.


Remove-AddressBookPolicy -Identity <MailboxPolicyIdParameter> [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]



This example deletes the address book policy Murchison's Class.

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Remove-AddressBookPolicy -Identity "Murchison's Class"

Detailed Description

You can't delete an address book policy if it's assigned to a user. To determine if an address book policy is assigned to a user, run the following command:

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Get-Mailbox | where $._AddressBookPolicy -eq "Murchison's Class"}

You need to be assigned permissions before you can run this cmdlet. Although all parameters for this cmdlet are listed in this topic, you may not have access to some parameters if they're not included in the permissions assigned to you. To see what permissions you need, see the "Address book policies" entry in the Email Address and Address Book Permissions topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




The Identity parameter specifies the identity of the address book policy that you want to remove.




The Confirm switch can be used to suppress the confirmation prompt that appears by default when this cmdlet is run. To suppress the confirmation prompt, use the syntax -Confirm:$False. You must include a colon ( : ) in the syntax.




The DomainController parameter specifies the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the domain controller that writes this configuration change to Active Directory.




The WhatIf switch instructs the command to simulate the actions that it would take on the object. By using the WhatIf switch, you can view what changes would occur without having to apply any of those changes. You don't have to specify a value with the WhatIf switch.

Input Types

To see the input types that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Input Type field for a cmdlet is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t accept input data.

Return Types

To see the return types, which are also known as output types, that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Output Type field is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t return data.