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How can you find out what Exchange recipient mail policies have been applied and what does the priority order do?

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Question: I have just started at a new company and notice a number of recipient policies have been created.
My question is, is there an easy way to find out which of these recipient policies have been applied and which have not?
My understanding is that only the system policies that have been applied will be listed under the policies tag. You know.....when you right click the mailbox store and see the tags there.
But I want to see what recipient policies have been applied.

Also does the recipient and system policies work in principle the same way as they do in AD?
i.e. you can have multiple policies but as long as there is no conflict in them they will all apply?
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by:tigermatt
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Recipient Policies do not work on a basis that they all apply.

Recipient Policies have an Active Directory filter property. This defines the users/groups/objects which that policy can apply to. Exchange searches the policies starting with the highest priority, working down. If it finds a filter on a policy which registers true for the user it is processing, it stops and applies that particular policy. It then does not continue further.

So, to answer your question, no - only 1 Recipient Policy will EVER apply to a user at one time.

It sounds like you are running Exchange 2000 with the notorious 'System Policies' container. I believe this is located inside the Server object in Exchange System Manager; from there you can see each policy and the settings it is applying.

-Matt
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by:MichaelK2
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Ok, thanks.
Does the same apply for system policies.i.e. only 1 System policy will ever apply to a mailbox store?
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I believe so, yes.

-Matt
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