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We have a site with messed up recepient polices and want to clear out old ones and start fresh. We have 3 mailbox servers in the ORG and each one has users with specific smtp domains set as primary (FIRSTNAME_SURNAME@DOMAIN.COM).

We want recpient polices as follows for SMTP .:
MAILBOXSERVER1 = smtp primary %g_%s@happy.com
MAILBOXSERVER2 = smtp primary %g_%s@happy.com
MAILBOXSERVER3 = smtp primary %g_%s@smile.com (and also have %g_%s@happy.com as secondary)

What is best way to achieve this with an by adding an LDAP filter in the policy?
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by:Pat Pribel
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Yes. Basically two policies would be needed. Since Server1 and Server2 users will use the same formatted email address you can have one policy for them. The LDAP Filter for that policy should be written so it only includes those users on those two servers. Make sure you test the filters. The second policy is needed for the users on Server3 since they require a different email address than the others. Again the LDAP filter should be written to ensure it only includes users from that server3. On this policy you'd have two SMTP address types, %g_%s@smile.com as the primary, and %g_%s@happy.com as the secondary.
Speaking from experience, use extreme caution with recipient policies. If you plan to "apply" these policies to all of the existing users (versus just changing the policy so new users fall under these rules) make certain you understand all of the ramifications. If you have the means you should test the changes in a test environment first.
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by:ericdaly
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Thanks for the prompt repsone Wiredawg. I agree with you on the testing part. Would you or anyone have an example of such an ldap query?
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Pat Pribel earned 1500 total points
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:-) had a feeling that was coming.. Take a look at these and manipulate accordingly for your environment. Look at the msexchangehomeservername value on one of your users as you'll need it for the syntax below. Replace the <yourinfohere> sections below with the exact info from your environment. Again, make sure you test these filters in ADUC before you put them on the policies.

For the policy for Mailboxserver1 and Mailboxserver2
(&(objectClass=User)(mailNickname=*)(|(msExchHomeServerName=/O=<yourinfohere>/OU=<yourinfohere>/cn=Configuration/cn=Servers/cn=MailboxServer1)(msExchHomeServerName=/O=<yourinfohere>/OU=<yourinfohere>/cn=Configuration/cn=Servers/cn=MailboxServer2)))

For the policy for MailboxServer3
(&(objectClass=User)(mailNickname=*)(msExchHomeServerName=/O=<yourinfohere>/OU=<yourinfohere>/cn=Configuration/cn=Servers/cn=Mailboxserver3))
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Thanks for the guidance wiredawg. New policies applied to users and all looks good.
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