error when attempting to set an email address for a mail enabled public folder RRS feed

  • Question

  • hi everyone I have a windows server enterprise x64 server running exchange 2007 sp3 rollup5 in my organization. I am seeing a problem when attempting to assign an email address to a mail enabled public folder.

    I can go to the exchange management console > toolbox > public folder management console > default public folder and right click on the public folder and select "mail enable" successfully. BUT when I right click on the mail enabled public folder > properties > E-Mail addresses I see the following error:

    "The Active Directory proxy object for the public folder '\ourpublicfoldername' is being generated. Please try again later. It was running command 'get-mailpublicfolder -Server '' - Identity '\ourpublicfoldername'.

    Thanks in advance  Any help is greatly appreciated.


    • Edited by Ethan12345 Monday, November 7, 2011 8:32 PM
    Monday, November 7, 2011 8:26 PM

All replies

  • Hi,


    Based on my experience, the issue is maybe due to “Microsoft Exchange System Attendant” service, which will not start at setup. So, my suggestion is:


    <1>Restart “Microsoft Exchange System Attendant” service

     <2>Disable public folder using Disable-MailPublicFolder –Identity “\yourpublicfolder”

     <3>Enable public folder again using Enable-MailPublicFolder –Identity “\yourpublicfolder”

    <4>Re-attempt to set an email address for a mail enabled public folder

    If the issue still occurs, please let us know.


    Sophia Xu
    Tuesday, November 8, 2011 8:40 AM
  • I followed your steps precisely as instructed, in order. The issue is still occurring.

    Also I have noticed the public folder object is not in the Microsoft Exchange System Objects folder in Active Directory Users and Computers. There are some other folders that are in AD that are able to be set up with no problems. I have searched for this missing object but was not able to find it.

    thanks again for your help. I am out of ideas at this point.

    • Edited by Ethan12345 Tuesday, November 8, 2011 5:26 PM
    Tuesday, November 8, 2011 5:23 PM
  • Still unable to set this up, any other suggestions?

    thanks in advance

    • Edited by Ethan12345 Thursday, November 10, 2011 5:57 PM
    Thursday, November 10, 2011 5:57 PM
  • same issue if you create a new PF rather than using an existing one?
    Thursday, November 10, 2011 6:02 PM
  •  yes unfortunately, the only ones that seem to work are the very old ones, creating a new one gives the same error....
    Thursday, November 10, 2011 10:25 PM
  • in addition, the only ones that work are in the Microsoft Exchange System Objects folder in Active Directory Users and Computers. The ones that dont work are not in that folder.
    Thursday, November 10, 2011 11:45 PM
  • anyone have any suggestions?
    Monday, November 14, 2011 5:44 PM
  • On Mon, 14 Nov 2011 17:44:48 +0000, Ethan12345 wrote:
    >anyone have any suggestions?
    Just a WAG, but what permissions are present in the Security tab of
    the "Microsoft Exchange System Objects"? Do you see "Exchange Public
    Folder Administrators"?
    There is a raft of permissions granted to PF admins on individual
    properties on that OU.
    The "Exchange Servers" group is granted the permission to
    Create/Delete PF objects on the OU. "Domain Exchanger Servers" and
    "Enterprise Servers" have "Full Control".
    Rich Matheisen
    MCSE+I, Exchange MVP

    --- Rich Matheisen MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
    Monday, November 14, 2011 11:09 PM
  • Hi,

    Do you have any update?


    Sophia Xu
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 1:33 AM
  • I checked the Microsoft Exchange system objects properties > security tab and found the following


    Exchange public folder administrators have only special permissions

    Exchange servers group have only read and special permissions

    Exchange Domain servers have everything except special permissions

    Exchange Enterprise servers have everything including special permissions

    not sure if thats how everything should be set
    Friday, November 18, 2011 5:06 PM
  • anyone?
    Monday, November 28, 2011 9:40 PM