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Grant Admin Full Access to all mailboxes

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Hi,
There are many websites speak about how to grant permission on all mailboxes on Exchange 2010 for admin user, but a lot of those websites have many differences with the explaination, so I would like to know what are the correct steps to grant full permissions on all existing mailboxes and FUTURE mailboxes on Exchange 2010.

Thank you in advance
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by:arefone
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Hi,
There are many websites speak about how to grant permission on all mailboxes on Exchange 2010 for admin user, but a lot of those websites have many differences with the explaination, so I would like to know what are the correct steps to grant full permissions on all existing mailboxes and FUTURE mailboxes for the admin user on Exchange 2010.

Thank you in advance
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by:Suliman Abu Kharroub
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From exchange power shell:

Get-Mailbox | Add-MailboxPermission  -User 'Mark Steele' -AccessRight FullAccess

Consider users privacy before doing that, if you have a privacy policy on your org/country.
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by:arefone
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I'll consider the privacy policies.

Does that command grant the full access also to the new mailboxes that will be added in the future?
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by:Suliman Abu Kharroub
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No, it will only be applied on the current mailboxes.
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by:arefone
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You should answer according to the question I posted.
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by:Suliman Abu Kharroub
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Sorry, I did't read the question carefully.

You can run below cmdlet after mailbox creation:

Add-MailboxPermission -Identity UserName -User 'User_how_needs_the_access' -AccessRight FullAccess

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb124097(v=exchg.141).aspx


I don't know an automated way to do that.
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Get-MailboxDatabase | Add-ADPermission -user [username] -AccessRights GenericAll

this will give access to all mailboxes current and future as long as you don't create a new DB.

you will need to add permission for every new DB however
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by:arefone
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> Akhater: do I need to add/modify admin user security settings in somewhere or its enough to apply the command you mentioned?
Is there any need to restart any exchange service to make changes take effect immediately?
Can I do it with GUI instead of PowerShell?
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by:Akhater
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Applying the command is enough

You have to wait 2 hours or restart you active directory topology service

No can't be done with GUI sorry
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by:arefone
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Can you mention the name of the Active Directory Topology service?
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by:Akhater
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Microsoft Exchange active directory topology
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by:arefone
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Akhater, may I ask you what do you think about this link instructions:
http://msundis.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/manage-full-access-permissions-on-mailboxes-in-exchange-2010/
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by:Akhater
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Well I am on mobile but it seems the blog post give many options to achieve what you are looking for. Some per mailbox and some per database as I did.

He is just picking some permissions when I have genericall

Did you try mine? It should work
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by:arefone
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Not yet, I will try and let you know!
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