Unwanted Automapping results occur when you add or remove mailbox permissions in Exchange Admin Center

Original KB number:   4487381


Consider the following scenario:

  • You're working in a Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 or Exchange Server 2013 organization.
  • You have a cross-Active Directory forest environment that contains linked mailboxes.
  • In the Exchange Admin Center (EAC), you remove the Full Access permission from a linked account to a mailbox.

In this scenario, Automapping may experience unwanted results. For example, the linked mailbox may still be displayed in Outlook.

Additionally, if the user had previously selected Download Shared Folders in Outlook, the user who no longer has permission to the linked mailbox still sees mail items for the mailbox that were previously synced while the user still had permission. However, the user can no longer do any work out of the linked mailbox.


The issue may occur because the server that is running Exchange Server doesn't correctly update the msExchDelegateListLink attribute. This attribute is used for Automapping from the Active Directory account when you add or remove the mailbox permission in EAC. The server that is running Exchange Server references the AD object of the account forest instead of the resource forest in which the server is deployed.


To work around this issue, add or remove the mailbox permissions within the Exchange Management Shell, and use the correct AD object.

In the following example, you grant the Full Access permission to mailbox MailboxTest1 for the LinkTest2 account forests. The resource forest (Exchange forest) domain is contoso.com, and the account forest domain is example.com.

Add-MailboxPermission -Identity 'Contoso\MailboxTest1' -User 'Contoso\LinkTest2' -AccessRights 'FullAccess'