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Modifying Exchange Mailbox properties

By johnleonard ·
I have a question for all you exchange gurus out there - or at least those who got higher than i did on the exam! (666 - must try harder!)

I troubleshoot a lot of installs in schools. at one site the administrator uses 6 login accounts (y1-y6), but has 300+ exchange mailboxes. the idea is that the kids login to the network with a simple account, but then access their own mailbox through OWA.
To achieve a small form of security, the six login accounts each have access permissions to 50 mailboxes (6 x 50 = 300!), the idea being that the child has to use the correct year group login account to access their mailbox.
the admin. of this network has decided that it would be a lot easier if any child could use any login account (y1-y6) to access their exchange mailbox thru OWA. This means that I have to alter the permission properties of 300+ mailboxes to allow access to all six login accounts rather than just one.

What I can remember from my exam is that I have to export all the mailbox properties to a csv file, edit that file (to add the additional login accounts that require access to the mailbox), and then re-import to modify the mailbox properties.

Am I heading in the right direction? as per usual, Technet is about as useful as a chocolate teapot when it comes to finding meaningful answers, so I throw the question open to you guys...

p.s. the exchange server is on a LAN along with all the workstations, so why the admin decided to use OWA to access mailboxes rather than Outlook 97/98/2000 remains to be seen - personally I think it's an insane idea.

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by lazarus long In reply to Modifying Exchange Mailbo ...

I thought you were headed in the right direction, but I can't find the attribute that will allow you to alter the permissions.
You need to use the Header.exe utility (on the Exchange Server cd: \server\support\autorun\reskit\header\header.exe) to generate the .csv file, but you need to know which attribute to include for the mailbox object. You may be able to find out the attribute name by running the admin in raw mode. Once that header file is generated, use the admin program to export into the header file, make your edits, and import back in.
You may be able to run header.exe to generate the base .csv file, and then add the attribute name manually in the next available column.
I'll keep looking for the attribute name and let you know if I find it.
regards,lazarus.

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by lazarus long In reply to Modifying Exchange Mailbo ...

OK, better yet. Create a global group and put the necessary accounts into it. Assign the group as the Primary NT account for the mailbox. Done. If you need to nest groups, use standard local/global group strategy.
btw, I haven't had much opportunity to look for the attribute for the solution above.
regards, lazarus.

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by johnleonard In reply to Modifying Exchange Mailbo ...

I remain forever in your debt, sir. thanks very much for the help. I managed to do it (after a few tests) by using directory export and import, and adding the header that specifies add/delete/modify. I also acknowledge your tip about the groups... nice one. I hadn't thought of that! you deserve the points. apologies for the delay in assigning them.

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