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Mail-Enable a Public Folder

 

Applies to: Exchange Server 2010 SP3, Exchange Server 2010 SP2

Topic Last Modified: 2012-07-23

This topic explains how to use the Exchange Management Shell or the Exchange Management Console (EMC) to mail-enable public folders.

Looking for other management tasks related to public folders? Check out Managing Public Folders.

importantImportant:
To ensure that users can send e-mail messages to a mail-enabled public folder, the public folder must have at least the CreateItems access right granted to the Anonymous account.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Public folders" entry in the Mailbox Permissions topic.

  1. In the console tree, click Toolbox.
  2. In the result pane, click Public Folder Management Console.
  3. In the action pane, click Open Tool. The Public Folder Management Console appears.
  4. In the public folder tree, click or expand Default Public Folders, and then if any public folders are displayed in the result pane, select the parent folder of the public folder that you want to mail-enable.
  5. In the result pane, select the public folder that you want to mail-enable.
  6. In the action pane, click Mail Enable.
  7. To indicate that this is a mail-enabled public folder, the icon for the public folder changes.
    Mail-enabled public folders are represented by the following icon.
    Mail-enabled public folder icon
    Public folders that aren't mail-enabled are represented by the following icon.
    mail-disabled public folder icon

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Public folders" entry in the Mailbox Permissions topic.

This example mail-enables the public folder My Public Folder.

Enable-MailPublicFolder -Identity "\My Public Folder"

This example mail-enables the public folder My Public Folder on the server Server01.

Enable-MailPublicFolder -Identity "\My Public Folder" -Server "Server01"
noteNote:
If you don't specify a server, the cmdlet checks whether the local server is an Exchange Mailbox server that contains a public folder database. If it is, the public folder is created locally. If it isn't, Exchange finds the closest (by site cost) Exchange Mailbox server that has a public folder database on which to create the public folder.

This example mail-enables the public folder My Public Folder, but hides the folder from address lists.

Enable-MailPublicFolder -Identity "\My Public Folder" -HiddenFromAddressListsEnabled $True

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Enable-MailPublicFolder.

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