How to Mail-Enable an Existing Contact


Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP3, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007

Topic Last Modified: 2007-03-20

This topic explains how to use the Exchange Management Console or the Exchange Management Shell to mail-enable an existing contact in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. This procedure mail-enables an existing contact object in the Active Directory directory service by populating its Exchange attributes (such as the contact's alias and external e-mail address).

This procedure does not create a new mail contact in Active Directory.

To perform this procedure, the account you use must be delegated the following:

  • Exchange Recipient Administrator role

For more information about permissions, delegating roles, and the rights that are required to administer Exchange Server 2007, see Permission Considerations.

If you want to mail-enable an existing contact in a domain that is different than the one in which your Exchange servers reside, you must first prepare that domain for Exchange 2007. To learn more about preparing a domain for Exchange 2007, see How to Prepare Active Directory and Domains.

  1. Start the Exchange Management Console.

  2. In the console tree, expand Recipient Configuration, and then click Mail Contact.

  3. In the action pane, click New Mail Contact. The New Mail Contact wizard appears.

  4. On the Introduction page, click Existing contact, and then click Browse.

  5. In Select Contact, select the contact that you want to mail-enable, click OK, and then click Next.

  6. On the Contact Information page, complete the following fields:

    • Organizational unit   By default, the New Mail Contact Wizard displays the Users container in Active Directory. To modify this field, click Browse, and then select the organizational unit (OU) that you want.

    • First name   Type the first name of the contact. This field is optional.

    • Initials   Type the initials of the contact. This field is optional.

    • Last name   Type the last name of the contact. This field is optional.

    • Name   By default, the name is the first name, initials, and last name of the contact. You can modify this field.

    • Alias   By default, the alias is the first name, initials, and last name of the contact, separated by underscore characters (_). You can modify this field.

    • External e-mail address   To specify the external e-mail address, perform one of the following tasks:

      To specify a Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) e-mail address, click Edit, and then in E-mail address, type the SMTP e-mail address.

      To specify a custom e-mail address, click the arrow next to Edit, click Custom Address, and then in E-mail address, type the e-mail address and the e-mail type. For example, you can specify an X.400, GroupWise or Lotus Notes address.

  7. Click Next.

  8. On the New Mail Contact page, review the configuration summary, which contains information about the options that you selected for the mail contact. To make changes, click Back. To create the mail-enabled contact, click New.

  9. On the Completion page, the summary states whether the contact was successfully mail-enabled. The summary also displays the Exchange Management Shell command that was used to mail-enable the contact.

  10. Click Finish to complete the task.

  • Run the following command:

    Enable-MailContact -Identity TedBremer -ExternalEmailAddress

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see the Enable-MailContact reference topic.

For more information about the Exchange Management Shell, see Using the Exchange Management Shell.


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