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When you run your Exchange Organization in hybrid mode with Office 365 and you migrate your on-premise Public Folders to Office 365, you are required to configure a remote Public Folder Mailbox in the Exchange Organization settings.

Organization Configs with Exchange 2013 Public Folders On-Premise

With Public Folders on-premise your Exchange Online Org looks like this:

Get-OrganizationConfig | fl *public*

DefaultPublicFolderAgeLimit             :
DefaultPublicFolderIssueWarningQuota    : 1.7 GB (1,825,361,920 bytes)
DefaultPublicFolderProhibitPostQuota    : 2 GB (2,147,483,648 bytes)
DefaultPublicFolderMaxItemSize          : Unlimited
DefaultPublicFolderDeletedItemRetention : 30.00:00:00
DefaultPublicFolderMovedItemRetention   : 7.00:00:00
PublicFoldersLockedForMigration         : False
PublicFolderMigrationComplete           : False
PublicFoldersEnabled                    : Remote
PublicComputersDetectionEnabled         : False
RootPublicFolderMailbox                 : 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000
RemotePublicFolderMailboxes             : {PublicFolder-Mailbox001}

With Public Folders on-premise your On-Premise Exchange Org looks like this:

Get-OrganizationConfig | fl *public*

DefaultPublicFolderAgeLimit             :
DefaultPublicFolderIssueWarningQuota    : Unlimited
DefaultPublicFolderProhibitPostQuota    : Unlimited
DefaultPublicFolderMaxItemSize          : Unlimited
DefaultPublicFolderDeletedItemRetention : 30.00:00:00
DefaultPublicFolderMovedItemRetention   : 7.00:00:00
PublicFoldersLockedForMigration         : True
PublicFolderMigrationComplete           : True
PublicFoldersEnabled                    : Local
PublicComputersDetectionEnabled         : False
RootPublicFolderMailbox                 : ae0ef819-90d2-45d0-92b6-8b2062cf71a3
RemotePublicFolderMailboxes             : {}

Organization Configs with Exchange 2013 Public Folders in Exchange Online

With Public Folders in Exchange Online your Exchange Online Org looks like this:

Get-OrganizationConfig | fl *public*

DefaultPublicFolderAgeLimit             :
DefaultPublicFolderIssueWarningQuota    : 1.7 GB (1,825,361,920 bytes)
DefaultPublicFolderProhibitPostQuota    : 2 GB (2,147,483,648 bytes)
DefaultPublicFolderMaxItemSize          : Unlimited
DefaultPublicFolderDeletedItemRetention : 30.00:00:00
DefaultPublicFolderMovedItemRetention   : 7.00:00:00
PublicFoldersLockedForMigration         : False
PublicFolderMigrationComplete           : False
PublicFoldersEnabled                    : Local
PublicComputersDetectionEnabled         : False
RootPublicFolderMailbox                 : 5810bb30-cdda-4287-85a4-8a2547bb9b01
RemotePublicFolderMailboxes             : {}

With Public Folders in Exchange Online your Exchange On-Premise Org looks like this:

Get-OrganizationConfig | fl *public*

DefaultPublicFolderAgeLimit             :
DefaultPublicFolderIssueWarningQuota    : Unlimited
DefaultPublicFolderProhibitPostQuota    : Unlimited
DefaultPublicFolderMaxItemSize          : Unlimited
DefaultPublicFolderDeletedItemRetention : 30.00:00:00
DefaultPublicFolderMovedItemRetention   : 7.00:00:00
PublicFoldersLockedForMigration         : True
PublicFolderMigrationComplete           : True
PublicFoldersEnabled                    : Remote
PublicComputersDetectionEnabled         : False
RootPublicFolderMailbox                 : 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000
RemotePublicFolderMailboxes             : {mcsmemail.de/Users/PF365-Mailbox-01-55e3d544-ed5a-4557-9008-d8c1b6f06d86}

The remote public folder mailbox has been added to the on-premise Exchange confguration by using:

Set-OrganizationConfig -RemotePublicFolderMailboxes PF365-Mailbox-001 -PublicFoldersEnabled Remote

To be able to add the remote public folder mailbox in a hybrid configuration you are required to add the public folder mailbox (or mailboxes, if you have more than one serving the hierarchy) as a mail user.

Microsoft provides a PowerShell script as part of a script collection here.

The issue with Import-PublicFolderMailboxes.ps1

When you run the Import-PublicFolderMailboxes.ps1 script you might run into the following error:

Cannot bind parameter 'Name' to the target. Exception setting "Name": "The length of the property is too long. The
maximum length is 64 and the length of the value provided is 65."
    + CategoryInfo          : WriteError: (:) [New-MailUser], ParameterBindingException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ParameterBindingFailed,Microsoft.Exchange.Management.RecipientTasks.NewMailUser
    + PSComputerName        : ex2013.mcsmemail.de

The name attribute for a mail user is limited to 64 characters. But why are you exceeding the length when the mailbox name is only 17 characters long?

It turns out that the PowerSheel script adds a prefix name "" and ther mailbox GUID as a suffix. And voilá, the name exceeds the allowed length for the mail user name attribute.

Recommendation

Don't use more than 16 characters when naming the Public Folder mailboxes in Office 365.

Or modify the Import-PublicFolderMailboxes.ps1 script to fit your needs.

$hasPublicFolderServingHierarchy = $true;
$displayName = $publicFolderMailbox.Name.ToString().Trim();
# ORIG: $name = "RemotePfMbx-" + $displayName + "-" + [guid]::NewGuid();
$name = $displayName + "-" + [guid]::NewGuid();
$externalEmailAddress = $publicFolderMailbox.PrimarySmtpAddress.ToString();

 

 

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Description

This script removes orphaned ActiveSync device partnerships from Exchange Server 2010 user mailboxes. Run the script as a scheduled job to maintain your Exchange Server environment properly.

Modifiy the script path variables to fit your requirements. The variables are configured in the ### BEGIN Variables section.

Steps being executed by the script:

  1. Fetch all user mailboxes
  2. Iterate through each user mailbox and determine the number of ActiveSync devices and the number of devices which have not synchronized since 150 days
  3. Delete ActiveSync device registration, if a user has more than 4 devices in total and a minimum of 1 device that has not synced within 150 days

Examples

Remove-ActiveSyncDevicePartnership

Version History

  • 1.0, Initial community release

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Additional Credits

Additional credits go to Sebastian Rubertus

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