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Inherited Permissions and Exchange 2003

Posted on 2003-11-26
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We upgraded from Win2k Domain Exch5.5 to Win2k3 Domain Exch2003.  Now I understand that the security and stuff is controlled from Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) now.  But I am experiencing a problem.

With Exch5.5 we could (locally on the mail server) open any users mailbox by changing the mailbox properties on the local outlook icon.  However with our new stuff we get 'access denied you do not have permission' even though we are logged in as a domain admin (=exchange admin).  

Looking in ADUC Exchange Advanced tab Mailbox Rights, advanced settings there is a deny line for 'Full Mailbox Access' for Domain admins, enterprise admins, Exchange domain servers  and Administrator.  IT's inheriting from someplace but I cannot figure out where.  There is no 'allow inheritance' checkbox to remove the inheritance like there is on file and folder permissions.

What gives?

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by:Vahik
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If u go to ur ESM mailbox store properties psge\security can u give urself or admins full control including send as ans recieve as?
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Well I *could* give send as and recieve as if i remove the inherititence from the mailbox store.  Will this allow 'Full Control' for admins to be applied for all mailboxes?  I don't want to be able to send as, I want to be able to open the mailbox in outlook from the server like I used to be able to in Exch5.5

Thanks for your suggestion.
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Vahik earned 150 total points
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Listen what the heck i am talking about.There should be an allow permission box so just check it.In 2000 and later that is by design and u should either enable it on individual basis or u go and give urself
full permission on the mailbox store.I misstook allow inheritance with allow permision box.
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Just go to the specific users properties page \mailbox right and give urself allow full mailbox permission and u will be able to do what u want to do.
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Bingo!  You are my hero.
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wokwon in order for u to have full mailbox right to any mailbox store
u must give urself send as and recive as permission on that store.In certain situations u may need to have that right like when u want to use exmerge to export all the users from a certain mailbox store.anyways thanks and goodluck.
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"Just go to the specific users properties page \mailbox right and give urself allow full mailbox permission and u will be able to do what u want to do. " 

My problem was that the specific users properties page was inheriting from somewhere and I didn't know where.  As you said, it inherits from the information store.  In hindsight, that seems perfectly logical but previously had me stumped.
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