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Hello,

I have an Exchange 2007 server and want to make sure I have full control permissions on Public Folders.

Here is my test structure:

Public Folders
      Favorites
      All Public Folders
            Copied Data
            Information Services Documents

If I am in Outlook 2007, I noticed that if I right click on the primary store name called "Public Folders" then there are no choices to set permissions.

I am not sure how to use Favorites.

If I right click on All Public Folders and get a Summary, I see that I have "Custom" permissions but all the items are grayed out. The folder Contacts text box is empty, and I cannot press the Properties or Contacts button. How do I give myself full access to this folder?

The two folders under All Public Folders are onces I created while in Outlook. I am the owner of those folders.

Basically, I am trying to learn how to make sure I am the admin of the Public Folders and want to make sure I have full access at the root level, and I suppose that might mean that I want to make sure I have full control of the Public folders starting at the Public Folders level or at the All Public Folders level.

Do I have to use the EMC? If so, then how?

Thanks,
John
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by:Netflo
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Hi

Use PFDAVAdmin Tool, simple and will accomplish what you want. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyId=635BE792-D8AD-49E3-ADA4-E2422C0AB424&displaylang=en

Hope this helps.
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by:Netflo
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Here is a graphical guide run through which may be of help... http://www.msexchange.org/articles/PFDavAdmin-tool-Part1.html

I would suggest assigning permissions at the top level, then using Outlook for the remainder.
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by:jhieb
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How can I set permissions on the top level without using this tool? I have problems connecting to public folders with this tool and I don't want that to sidetrack me. How do I do this with the EMC?

By the way, when I connect with PFDAVAdmin, I can view mailboxes, but I cannot expand the mailboxes. I get an error, "could not expand..... the remote server returned an error: (403) Forbidden".
I have full receive-as permissions on the entire message store.

When I try to connect to public folders only, I get an error with establishing the connection and it tells me to be sure that port 443 or port 80 can be reached.

What is the manual and canned way to give myself full permission on the parent level of Public Folders?
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by:Netflo
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Are you running this tool on your server while logged on as domain admin. My solution is for setting Public Folder permissions, not to connect to users mailboxes which you will not be able to access by default.

Please advise.
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by:jhieb
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Yes, I am running it on the server. I might have problems with SSL and I cannot access OWA, which this tool  may need. So, how can I do this without the tool?
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Please follow this link which will show you another way of applying permissions to your Public Folders
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998834.aspx

You want to use the AddUsersToPFRecursive.ps1 script option.
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