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Make "Username" "owner" of all groups in Exchange Admin Center for Exchange 2013?

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We have a large number of groups, both distribution and security, we'd like to make a certain admin account the owner of all the groups so that any and all changes can be made without error.  Is there a way to do this at once in EAC?
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Owner?  There is no "owner" assigned to groups in Exchange.

As long as the "certain admin account" is a member of Organization Management they are able to make changes to all groups.
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by:Daniel Checksum
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OK, I guess I should go ahead and clarify here.  Logging in to EAC as "Administrator" (THE domain administrator) and attempting to add a user, getting "You don't have sufficient permissions.  This operation can only be performed by a manager of the group." -- We were going to make Administrator the owner of every single group so if/when we log on as Administrator we're not given this error.

The current workaround is to add the user in the ADUC group AND THEN add in EAC.
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What AD groups is the "administrator" a member of?  The only one that matters for Exchange to be able to do most all things in Exchange is Organization Management.
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It's a member in quite a few groups, not to list them all, but, at least:  "Exchange Organization Administrators, Exchange Recipient Administrators, Exchange Servers, Exchange View-Only Administrators"
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I would recommend adding the administrator as a member of Organization Management.  Try it out, make sure AD replication completes, and then perform the same task.

Let me know.
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It's actually already there, showed up when I tried to add it with the error "this user is already a member..."

I actually just tried to add Administrator as the owner of the group and got the same exact error about not having permission.
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Hmmm.  Okay.  This should do it...

Take an accounting of your current permissions.  This command will export a list of all distros and their existing managers to a CSV file...

Get-DistributionGroup | Select-Object Name,ManagedBy | Export-Csv C:\DistroManagers.csv -NoType

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This command will set Administrator as the manager of an individual distro...

Set-DistributionGroup -Identity "GrouName" -ManagedBy "Administrator" -BypassSecurityGroupManagerCheck

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This command will set Administrator as the manager of all distros...

Get-DistributionGroup | Set-DistributionGroup -ManagedBy "Administrator" -BypassSecurityGroupManagerCheck

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Hope that helps.
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by:Daniel Checksum
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Update:  Just got back from the weekend and have a few more pressing projects now.  Will get back to you with results when I have more time.
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Thanks, Todd.  Coworker applied the commands and all appears to be working.  Fantastic job, sir.
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You are most welcome.
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