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add a Distribution List to Public Folder Calendar using cmdlets

    Question

  • In Exchange 2007 can I add a distribution list to a Public Folder Calendar?  I need to give rights to a specific calendar and there are several users.  I'd like to only have to enter this once instead of 40+ times.  Is there a way?

    Friday, March 20, 2009 9:36 PM

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  • That’s right, we need to mail-enable the groups at first. And yes, PFDavAdmin is a very easy tool for granting permissions on public folder. But, we must know some points before using it:

    ·         It would be preferred to launch the tool on workstation [Install NET Framework 1.1 at first]

    ·         When we try to connect the exchange server via (“File” menu>Connect), please select “Specified Mailbox” button and change the URL to https://ExchangeServerName/Public

    Notes: Also, per my test, we can grant public folder calendar permissions to a Distribution Group.

    Lab: Windows Server 2008 + Exchange Server 2007 SP1 + Outlook 2007 SP1

    PFDAVAdmin Guide [Part 1, Part 2]

    • Proposed as answer by Alan.Gim Tuesday, March 24, 2009 12:58 AM
    • Marked as answer by Amit Tank Thursday, March 26, 2009 2:57 PM
    Monday, March 23, 2009 3:06 AM
  • Yes, that's true James...

    Suggestion is to use security group but in case, there isn't any other options and we have to use DL somehow in that circumstance, we may need to follow the way given in below KB to stop automatic conversation. Just for the reference...

    How to stop automatic conversion of universal distribution groups to universal security groups in Exchange 2000 and in Exchange 2003

    Amit Tank | MVP - Exchange | MCITP:EMA MCSA:M | http://ExchangeShare.WordPress.com
    • Marked as answer by Alan.Gim Thursday, March 26, 2009 1:28 AM
    Wednesday, March 25, 2009 10:02 AM

All replies

  • No, you can not use Distribution Groups to give permission on Public Folder Calendar. You need to use Mail-enabled Security Groups to give permission on PFs.

    You can use PFDavAdmin utility on Exchange 2007 to do so graphically but make sure that you have a mail enabled security groups which is not hidden in GAL.

    Amit Tank | MVP - Exchange | MCITP:EMA MCSA:M | http://ExchangeShare.WordPress.com
    • Proposed as answer by Amit Tank Sunday, March 22, 2009 2:46 PM
    Saturday, March 21, 2009 7:19 AM
  • That’s right, we need to mail-enable the groups at first. And yes, PFDavAdmin is a very easy tool for granting permissions on public folder. But, we must know some points before using it:

    ·         It would be preferred to launch the tool on workstation [Install NET Framework 1.1 at first]

    ·         When we try to connect the exchange server via (“File” menu>Connect), please select “Specified Mailbox” button and change the URL to https://ExchangeServerName/Public

    Notes: Also, per my test, we can grant public folder calendar permissions to a Distribution Group.

    Lab: Windows Server 2008 + Exchange Server 2007 SP1 + Outlook 2007 SP1

    PFDAVAdmin Guide [Part 1, Part 2]

    • Proposed as answer by Alan.Gim Tuesday, March 24, 2009 12:58 AM
    • Marked as answer by Amit Tank Thursday, March 26, 2009 2:57 PM
    Monday, March 23, 2009 3:06 AM
  • Notes: I found an additional impact if we add DG into the calendar, which is that the add task will cause the DG to convert automatically into a Security Group. So, please follow Amit’s suggestions

    Wednesday, March 25, 2009 9:43 AM
  • Yes, that's true James...

    Suggestion is to use security group but in case, there isn't any other options and we have to use DL somehow in that circumstance, we may need to follow the way given in below KB to stop automatic conversation. Just for the reference...

    How to stop automatic conversion of universal distribution groups to universal security groups in Exchange 2000 and in Exchange 2003

    Amit Tank | MVP - Exchange | MCITP:EMA MCSA:M | http://ExchangeShare.WordPress.com
    • Marked as answer by Alan.Gim Thursday, March 26, 2009 1:28 AM
    Wednesday, March 25, 2009 10:02 AM
  • Thanks everyone!  I used Amit's first suggestion to make sure my Distribution Groups were Mail-enabled Security Groups.  As I had several DG's within DG's I made sure to make them all Mail-enabled Security Groups, after that the users that needed to see a specific calendar were able to!
    Thursday, March 26, 2009 1:52 PM