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Getting list of AlternateMailboxes in Exchange by using Powershell

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Hi,

I'm trying to write a powershell script to list (and remove) the AlternateMailboxes from an Exchange account.  I found a few examples to get this list by querying all users in Exchange and matching those user's mailboxpermissions with the account I want to check, but with an Exchange Organization with more than 50.000 mailboxes, it takes forever to get this list of permissions.

I know Outlook 2010 can get this list in just a second, by querying the Autodiscover webservice, which returns an xml with all the AlternateMailboxes listed for a user.  I wonder where this autodiscover service gets this information.  I searched the AD and Exchange properties of a user/mailbox, but I cannot find a property containing this list of AlternateMailboxes.  Where can I find this list (without using special functions to query the Autodiscover webservice)?

Kind regards,
Bertin
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You're looking for the msExchDelegateListBL property, which lists the mailboxes a user has AlternateMailbox rights to (the msExchDelegateListLink goes the other way and lists the mailboxes that have rights to the mailbox).  I use the Quest ActiveShell tools and use

(get-qaduser <user> -includeallproperties).msExchDelegateListBL

for all users, you'd want to use

get-qaduser -sizelimit 0 -includeallproperties | select name, @{n='AlternateMailboxes';e={$_.msExchDelegateListBL}} | export-csv <filename>

http://www.itworkedinthelab.com/2012/04/exchange-2010-mailbox-auto-mapping-confusion/ has a good description.
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