Configuring Exchange 2007 Resource Mailbox Settings Using OWA…

Resource mailbox is a new feature in exchange 2007, by which you can create a room or equipment mailbox using the Shell or EMC. The resource mailboxes can be configured to deal with meeting requests automatically and exchange 2007 doesn’t need Auto Accept Agent for the same.

Most common command that we issue is to enable auto accepting of meeting requests for a resource mailbox. The command that we run is

Set-MailboxCalendarSettings -identity “resource mailbox” -AutomateProcessing AutoAccept

There are a number of other options that we can set like who can book meetings, whether to allow recurring meetings etc.

Get-MailboxCalendarSettings -identity “resource mailbox” | fl gives you all the options and you can set each one by one from the shell.

What if you are not comfortable with the shell?

You can set these options graphically by using OWA. Resource mailbox create an associated disabled user in AD. So, how can we use OWA without enabling the account?

Give yourself full access to the resource mailbox and then login to your OWA and open the resource mailbox from there. Go to Options -> Resource Settings. Configure all your options there.

To give yourself full access, run Add-MailboxPermission -identity “resource mailbox” -User youraccount -AccessRights FullAccess -Inheritancetype All You can give full access using the EMC as well. Right click the mailbox and click “Manage Full Access”

Login to your OWA. Go to top right hand corner and click on your account -> Open another mailbox and specify the resource mailbox.

A new window opens for resource mailbox. Go to Options -> Resource Settings. Configure all options you need.

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