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Posted on 2011-09-02
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In exchange 2007 when you mass created mailboxes it would by default set the alias to the username (samaccount) of the user.  In exchange 2010 it grabs FirstnameLastname as the alias.

Is there a shell command that you can run to make the mass change to username?  

And I cannot set an e-mail address policy as our usernames are the first 7 of the lastname and then the first two of the first name.  John Westington would have a username of westingjo.  
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by:Akhater
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$mbxs = get-mailbox -resultsize 1

$mbxs | set-mailbox -Alias $_.SamAccountName

that should do it for one user, if it works change the -resultsize 1 in the above command to -resultsize unlimited to apply it to all
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by:jruskey
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Is there any way to do this for a specific OU?  I want to test it on a single OU before I mass it out.  Please let me know.  Thanks.
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by:Akhater
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yea sure

change the first line to

$mbxs = Get-Mailbox -OrganizationalUnit domain.local/users (of corse change that to your ou)

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by:jruskey
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I get the attached error on the second line.
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by:Akhater
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the is something wrong please run the first line again and then run

$mbxs

what is the result ?

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by:Akhater
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sorry my bad !

the second line should be


$mbxs | set-mailbox $_.DistinguishedName -Alias $_.SamAccountName
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by:jruskey
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The first line works because it gives me the results of the students.  I have tried your new line and still get an error.  It is attached.
error2.png
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by:Akhater
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$mbxs | % { set-mailbox $_.DistinguishedName -Alias $_.SamAccountName}
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by:jruskey
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That seemed to have worked perfect.  Any way now to do a mass on that OU and take out the previous alias which was there FirstnameLastname@domain.com?
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by:Akhater
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I dot get it you just changed the akias what is the request?
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by:jruskey
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It changed it so that they now are correct in the sense that john smith email address is smithjo@domain.com.  However, it still has a second address in there that lists johnsmith@domain.com.
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Can you share a screen shot?
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oh wait you mean now the user has 2 email address and not 2 aliases right ?

if so then don't bother with it it won't show anywhere
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Thank you for your help
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