'Add a New User' wizard fails to create a user mailbox on Windows Small Business Server 2011

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On Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011, the 'Add a New User' wizard may fail to create a user mailbox.

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On examining the C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Logs\adduser.log, you would see something similar:

[600] 110124.182639.8611: Messaging: Executed management shell command: get-MailboxDatabase
[600] 110124.182639.8954: Messaging: End Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.Messaging.Management.MessagingRunspace.StaticExecute
[600] 110124.182639.9013: Messaging: MessagingTaskException: Unable to find default mailbox database with name [] - Check access and verify if mailbox database exists - Error# (80004)
[600] 110124.182639.9170: AdminTME: Status: TaskId = MessagingTasks.TaskCreateMailbox, RootTaskId = TaskCreateUser, Success: True, Warning: True, Continue: True, Message: Unable to find default mailbox database. Make sure mailbox database exists and you have access to view the database.


This issue can occur if the 'Add a New User' wizard is unable to retrieve the mailbox database name. For this purpose, it looks for the registry key MailboxDatabaseName under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SmallBusinessServer\Messaging.


To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

1.) Launch Exchange Management Shell from an elevated prompt and execute the following command:


2.) Make a note of the database name listed under the Name column as shown in the example below. You would require this information in the later steps.

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3.) Open Registry Editor

4.) Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SmallBusinessServer\Messaging\

5.) Create a new String value as follows:

Type: REG_SZ
Name: MailboxDatabaseName
Value: The database name you obtained from Step 2 above

6.) Close Registry Editor

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Article ID: 2500559 - Last Review: March 18, 2011 - Revision: 5.0
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

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