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Exchange 2013 – Removing a database and deleting folders but they still reappear

I created new database and moved all the mailboxes as well as discovery mailbox and all went well. I then unmounted old database and deleted it from ECP and also deleted its database files and folders from C: Noticed that under program files/microsoft/exchange server/v15/mailbox the old Database folder still exists containing sub folders ‘indexmeta’, ‘journal’ and ‘ms’, I delete these folders everytime but they get recreated


Ans: This is fixed in CU1 which can be downloaded from the following:



Also the issue is that even though the database has been removed the search/index files are still locked by the noderunner.exe process and can’t be deleted.

To clear the file lock you can restart the HostControllerService service using PowerShell.

Restart-Service HostControllerService

You should now be able to delete the files and folders successfully.

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