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Configure message delivery restrictions for a mailbox

 

Applies to: Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Online

Topic Last Modified: 2012-11-29

You can use the EAC or the Shell to place restrictions on whether messages are delivered to individual recipients. Message delivery restrictions are useful to control who can send messages to users in your organization. For example, you can configure a mailbox to accept or reject messages sent by specific users or to accept messages only from users in your Exchange organization.

The message delivery restrictions covered in this topic apply to all recipient types. To learn more about the different recipient types, see Recipients.

For additional management tasks related to recipients, see the following topics:

  • Estimated time to complete: 5 minutes.

  • You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure or procedures. To see what permissions you need, see the "Recipient Provisioning Permissions" section in the Recipients Permissions topic.

  • For information about keyboard shortcuts that may apply to the procedures in this topic, see Keyboard shortcuts in the Exchange admin center.

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  1. In the EAC, navigate to Recipients > Mailboxes.

  2. In the list of user mailboxes, click the mailbox that you want to configure message delivery restrictions for, and then click Edit Edit icon.

  3. On the mailbox properties page, click Mailbox Features.

  4. Under Message Delivery Restrictions, click View details to view and change the following delivery restrictions:

    • Accept messages from   Use this section to specify who can send messages to this user.

      • All senders   This option specifies that the user can accept messages from all senders. This includes both senders in your Exchange organization and external senders. This is the default option. It includes external users only if you clear the Require that all senders are authenticated check box. If you select this check box, messages from external users will be rejected.

      • Only senders in the following list   This option specifies that the user can accept messages only from a specified set of senders in your Exchange organization. Click Add Add Icon to display a list of all recipients in your Exchange organization. Select the recipients you want, add them to the list, and then click OK. You can also search for a specific recipient by typing the recipient’s name in the search box and then clicking Search Search icon.

      • Require that all senders are authenticated   This option prevents anonymous users from sending messages to the user. This includes external users that are outside of your Exchange organization.

    • Reject messages from   Use this section to block people from sending messages to this user.

      • No senders   This option specifies that the mailbox won’t reject messages from any senders in the Exchange organization. This is the default option.

      • Senders in the following list   This option specifies that the mailbox will reject messages from a specified set of senders in your Exchange organization. Click Add Add Icon to display a list of all recipients in your Exchange organization. Select the recipients you want, add them to the list, and then click OK. You can also search for a specific recipient by typing the recipient’s name in the search box and then clicking Search Search icon.

  5. Click OK to close the Message Delivery Restrictions page, and then click Save to save your changes.

The following examples show how to use the Shell to configure message delivery restrictions for a mailbox. For other recipient types, use the corresponding Set- cmdlet with the same parameters.

This example configures the mailbox of Robin Wood to accept messages only from the users Lori Penor, Jeff Phillips, and members of the distribution group Legal Team 1.

Set-Mailbox -Identity "Robin Wood" -AcceptMessagesOnlyFrom "Lori Penor","Jeff Phillips" -AcceptMessagesOnlyFromDLMembers "Legal Team 1"
NoteNote:
If you're configuring a mailbox to accept messages only from individual senders, you have to use the AcceptMessagesOnlyFrom parameter. If you're configuring a mailbox to accept messages only from senders that are members of a specific distribution group, use the AcceptMessagesOnlyFromDLMembers parameter.

This example adds the user named David Pelton to the list of users whose messages will be accepted by the mailbox of Robin Wood.

Set-Mailbox -Identity "Robin Wood" -AcceptMessagesOnlyFrom @{add="David Pelton"}

This example configures the mailbox of Robin Wood to require all senders to be authenticated. This means the mailbox will only accept messages sent by other users in your Exchange organization.

Set-Mailbox -Identity "Robin Wood" -RequireSenderAuthenticationEnabled $true

This example configures the mailbox of Robin Wood to reject messages from the users Joe Healy, Terry Adams, and members of the distribution group Legal Team 2.

Set-Mailbox -Identity "Robin Wood" -RejectMessagesFrom "Joe Healy","Terry Adams" -RejectMessagesFromDLMembers "Legal Team 2"

This example configures the mailbox of Robin Wood to also reject messages sent by members of the group Legal Team 3.

Set-Mailbox -Identity "Robin Wood" -RejectMessagesFromDLMembers @{add="Legal Team 3"}
NoteNote:
If you're configuring a mailbox to reject messages from individual senders, you have to use the RejectMessagesFrom parameter. If you're configuring a mailbox to reject messages from senders that are members of a specific distribution group, use the RejectMessagesFromDLMembers parameter.

For detailed syntax and parameter information related to configuring delivery restrictions for different types of recipients, see the following topics:

To verify that you've successfully configured message delivery restrictions for a user mailbox, do one the following:

  1. In the EAC, navigate to Recipients > Mailboxes.

  2. In the list of user mailboxes, click the mailbox that you want to verify the message delivery restrictions for, and then click Edit Edit icon.

  3. On the mailbox properties page, click Mailbox Features.

  4. Under Message Delivery Restrictions, click View details to verify the delivery restrictions for the mailbox.

Or

Run the following command in the Shell.

Get-Mailbox <identity> | fl AcceptMessagesOnlyFrom,AcceptMessagesOnlyFromDLMembers,RejectMessagesFrom,RejectMessagesFromDLMembers,RequireSenderAuthenticationEnabled
 
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