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Exchange Server 2007Exchange Server 2010Description

The Category List Manager is a C# Visual Studio Solution that allows you to connect to a source mailbox which is either hosted on an on-premises Exchange Server or in Exchange Online using Exchange Web Services (EWS).

You can use AutoDiscover or a static Url to connect to the Exchange Server or Office 365. By default the solution uses the credentials of the user executing the program. These credentials are referred to as default credentials. You can use the Settings form to set dedicated credentials of an user with appropriate access rights to the mailbox(es).

Diagram of the Master Category List Manager

The program helps you to

  • Export the master category list from a mailbox to a Xml file
  • Import a master category list Xml file to into a mailbox
  • Copy a master category list from a source mailbox to a target mailbox

The supported target mailbox types are:

  • User Mailbox
  • Shared Mailbox
  • Microsoft Teams Mailbox

The GUI comes with an easy-to-use UI. The execuable works a command line tool as well and can be used for automation purposes.

Use CategoryManager.exe -help to get the most recent command line help information.

 

Example Screenshot

Master Category List Manager - Example Screenshot

 

Presentation

Watch the presentation held at the Exchange User Group Berlin Meetup on May 31st 2018.

 

Version History

  • 1.0, Initial community release

 

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Additional Credits

Additional credits go to Henning Krause

 

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Last updated: 2016-12-20

Exchange Server 2013Exchange Server 2016Description

This scripts creates a new shared mailbox (aka team mailbox) and security groups for full access and and send-as delegation. The security groups are created using a naming convention. If required by your Active Directory team, you can add group prefixes or department abbreviations as well.

The script uses a Xml configuration file to simplify changes for variables unique for your environment.

High level steps executes by the script:

  1. Create a new shared mailbox
  2. Create a new mail enabled security group for full access delegation
  3. Assign full access security group for full access to the shared mailbox
  4. Create a new mail enabled security group for send-as delegation
  5. Assign send-as permissions to send-as security group

 

Examples

Xml settings file

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<Settings>
	<GroupSettings>
		<Prefix>pre_</Prefix>
		<SendAsSuffix>_SA</SendAsSuffix>
		<FullAccessSuffix>_FA</FullAccessSuffix>
		<CalendarBookingSuffix>_CB</CalendarBookingSuffix>
		<TargetOU>mcsmemail.de/IT/Groups/Mail</TargetOU>
		<Domain>mcsmemail.de</Domain>
		<Seperator>-</Seperator>
	</GroupSettings>
	<AccountSettings>
		<TargetOU>mcsmemail.de/IT/SharedMailboxes</TargetOU>
	</AccountSettings>
	<GeneralSettings>
		<Sleep>10</Sleep>
	</GeneralSettings>
</Settings>

The following example creates an empty shared mailbox for an internal Exchange Admin team with empty security groups.

.\New-TeamMailbox.ps1 -TeamMailboxName "TM-Exchange Admins" ` 
  -TeamMailboxDisplayName "Exchange Admins" `
  -TeamMailboxAlias "TM-ExchangeAdmins" `
  -TeamMailboxSmtpAddress "ExchangeAdmins@mcsmemail.de" `
  -DepartmentPrefix "IT"

The following Create-TeamMailbox.ps1 script simplifies the process of creating a team mailbox even more.

$teamMailboxName = 'TM-Exchange Admin'
$teamMailboxDisplayName = 'Exchange Admins'
$teamMailboxAlias = 'TM-ExchangeAdmin'
$teamMailboxSmtpAddress = 'ExchangeAdmins@mcsmemails.de'
$departmentPrefix = 'IT'
$groupFullAccessMembers = @('exAdmin1','exAdmin2')
$groupSendAsMember = @('exAdmin1','exAdmin2')

.\New-TeamMailbox.ps1 -TeamMailboxName $teamMailboxName ` 
  -TeamMailboxDisplayName $teamMailboxDisplayName `
  -TeamMailboxAlias $teamMailboxAlias `
  -TeamMailboxSmtpAddress $teamMailboxSmtpAddress `
  -DepartmentPrefix $departmentPrefix `
  -GroupFullAccessMembers $groupFullAccessMembers `
  -GroupSendAsMember $groupSendAsMember -Verbose

Version History

  • 1.0, Initial community release
  • 1.1, Prefix seperator added, PowerShell hygiene

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