How to Configure Mail Forwarding in Exchange Server 2007

Exchange 2007

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

Topic Last Modified: 2007-09-17

This topic explains how to use the Exchange Management Console or the Exchange Management Shell to configure mail forwarding on a mailbox.

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 Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, see Permission Considerations.

  1. Start the Exchange Management Console.

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

  3. In the result pane, right-click the mailbox for which you want to configure mail forwarding and click Properties.

  4. In <Mailbox> Properties, on the Mail Flow Settings tab, click Delivery Options, and then click Properties.

  5. Click the Forward to check box. This enables the Browse button.

  6. Click Browse to open the Select Recipient dialog box. Select the recipient to whom you want to forward messages, and then click OK.

    By default, the dialog box displays all recipients that are in the current recipient scope that is specified in the Recipient Configuration node. To learn more about the recipient scope and its impact on the recipient work center, see Understanding Recipient Scope.
  7. If you want incoming messages to be delivered to the mailbox as well as to the forwarding address configured, select the Deliver message to both forwarding address and mailbox check box. Clear this check box to forward all incoming messages without retaining copies in the mailbox.

  8. Click OK to return to <Mailbox> Properties.

  9. Click OK.

  • To forward all mail for John Smith's mailbox to Sara Davis, run the following command.

    Set-Mailbox -Identity "John Smith" -ForwardingAddress ""
  • To deliver mail to John Smith's mailbox and at the same time to forward all mail for John Smith's mailbox to Sara Davis, run the following command.

    Set-Mailbox -Identity "John Smith" -ForwardingAddress "" -DeliverToMailboxAndForward $true

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Set-Mailbox.

For more information about managing mailboxes, see Managing User Mailboxes.

To learn more about mailboxes, see Understanding Recipients.