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Create an Organization Relationship

Applies to: Exchange Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2011-03-19

You can create a relationship with an external Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 organization for the purpose of sharing availability (free/busy) information.

Looking for other management tasks related to federated sharing? Check out Managing Federated Sharing.

Before you can create an organization relationship, you must first set up federation. For more information, see Understanding Federation.

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

  1. In the console tree, click Organization Configuration.
  2. In the action pane, click New Organization Relationship.
  3. On the Introduction page, complete the following fields:
    • Name   Type a name for the organization relationship.
    • Enable this organization relationship   Select this check box to enable this organization relationship.
    • Enable free/busy information access   Select this check box to specify whether this organization relationship should be used for retrieving free/busy information from the external organization.
    • Specify free/busy data access level   If you selected the Enable free/busy information access check box, you can select one of the following options from this list to specify what type of free/busy information should be retrieved from the external organization:
      No free/busy access
      Free/busy access with time only
      Free/busy access with time, plus subject and location
    • Specify a security distribution group that indicates what internal users free/busy data is accessible   Select this check box if you want to specify a distribution group to list your users who can have their free/busy information accessed by the external Exchange organization. Use the corresponding box to type the SMTP address of a security distribution group within your organization, or click Browse to search for the group.
    • Enable Federated Delivery   This feature isn't available in this release.
    • Specify the SMTP address of the remote federated delivery mailbox   This feature isn't available in this release.
  4. On the External Organization page, complete the following fields:
    • Automatically discover configuration information   Click this button to have Exchange find the configuration information of the external organization.
    • Specify a federated domain of the external Exchange organization   If you clicked Automatically discover configuration information, use this box to specify a federated domain of the external organization (for example, contoso.com).
    • Manually enter the configuration information   Click this button if you want to manually provide the configuration information for the external organization.
    • Federated domains of the external Exchange organization   Use this box to type the federated domain names of the external organization. After you type each name, click Add to add the name to the list of domains.
    • Edit   Select a federated domain name from the list, and then click Edit to modify the domain name.
    • Remove icon   Select a federated domain name from the list, and then click this button to remove the domain.
    • Application URI of the external Exchange organization   Use this box to type the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) of the external organization's application server (for example, mail.contoso.com). A URI is a string of characters used to identify or name a resource. In this case, the application URI is used when requesting a delegated token for the external organization to retrieve free/busy information.
    • Autodiscover endpoint of the external Exchange organization   Use this box to type the Autodiscover URL of the external organization's Exchange Web Services (for example, https://contoso.com/autodiscover.svc/wssecurity). Exchange uses the Autodiscover service to automatically detect the correct Client Access server endpoint.
  5. On the New Organizational Relationship page, review your configuration settings. Click New to create the organization relationship. Click Back to make changes.
  6. On the Completion page, review the following, and then click Finish to close the wizard:
    • A status of Completed indicates that the wizard completed the task successfully.
    • A status of Failed indicates that the task wasn't completed. If the task fails, review the summary for an explanation, and then click Back to make any configuration changes.

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

This example creates an organization relationship with Contoso, Ltd with the following conditions:

  • The organization relationship is enabled for contoso.com, northamerica.contoso.com, and europe.contoso.
  • Free/busy access is enabled.
  • The requesting organization receives free/busy time, subject, and location information from the target organization.
New-OrganizationRelationship -Name "Contoso" -Domainnames "contoso.com","northamerica.contoso.com"," europe.contoso" -FreeBusyAccessEnabled $true -FreeBusyAccessLevel LimitedDetails

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see New-OrganizationRelationship.

This example attempts to automatically discover configuration information from the external organization Contoso.com by using the domain names provided in the Get-FederationInformation cmdlet. If you use this method to create your organization relationship, you must first make sure that you've created an organization identifier by using the Set-FederationOrganizationIdentifier cmdlet.

Get-FederationInformation -DomainName Contoso.com | New-OrganizationRelationship -Name "Contoso" -FreeBusyAccessEnabled $true -FreeBusyAccessLevel -LimitedDetails

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Get-FederationInformation.

This example creates an organization relationship with Fourth Coffee. In this example, the connection settings with the external organization are provided. The following conditions apply:

  • The organization relationship is established with the domain fourthcoffee.com, a domain set up as a federated domain by Fourth Coffee.
  • The Exchange Web Services application URL is mail.fourthcoffee.com.
  • The Autodiscover URL is https://mail.fourthcoffee.com/autodiscover/autodiscover.svc/wssecurity.
  • Free/busy access is enabled.
  • The requesting organization only receives free/busy information with the time.
New-OrganizationRelationship -Name "Fourth Coffee" -DomainNames " fourthcoffee.com" -FreeBusyAccessEnabled $true -FreeBusyAccessLevel -AvailabilityOnly -TargetAutodiscoverEpr "https://mail.fourthcoffee.com/autodiscover/autodiscover.svc/wssecurity" -TargetApplicationUri "mail.fourthcofee.com"

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see New-OrganizationRelationship.

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