Exchange infrastructure and PowerShell permissions

Summary: Learn about permissions that are required to perform tasks to configure various components of Microsoft Exchange Server 2016.

The permissions required to perform tasks to configure various components of Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 depend on the procedure being performed or the cmdlet you want to run. See each of the sections in this topic for more information about their respective features.

To find out what permissions you need to perform the procedure or run the cmdlet, do the following:

  1. In the table below, find the feature that is most related to the procedure you want to perform or the cmdlet you want to run.

  2. Next, look at the permissions required for the feature. You must be assigned one of those role groups, an equivalent custom role group, or an equivalent management role. You can also click on a role group to see its management roles. If a feature lists more than one role group, you only need to be assigned one of the role groups to use the feature. For more information about role groups and management roles, see Understanding Role Based Access Control.

  3. Now, run the Get-ManagementRoleAssignment cmdlet to look at the role groups or management roles assigned to you to see if you have the permissions that are necessary to manage the feature.

    Note

    You must be assigned the Role Management management role to run the Get-ManagementRoleAssignment cmdlet. If you don't have permissions to run the Get-ManagementRoleAssignment cmdlet, ask your Exchange administrator to retrieve the role groups or management roles assigned to you.

If you want to delegate the ability to manage a feature to another user, see Delegate role assignments.

Note

Some features may require that you have local administrator permissions on the server you want to manage. To manage these features, you must be a member of the Local Administrators group on that server.

Exchange infrastructure permissions

The following table lists the permissions required to perform tasks that configure general Exchange 2016 settings.

Users who are assigned the View-Only Management role group can view the configuration of the features in the following table. For more information, see View-only Organization Management.

Feature Permissions required
Administrator audit logging
Organization Management
Records Management
Exchange admin center configuration settings
View-Only Organization Management
Exchange admin center connectivity
Organization Management
Server Management
Exchange server configuration settings
Organization Management
Server Management
Exchange Help settings
Organization Management
Message categories
Organization Management
Hygiene Management
Recipient Management
Help Desk
Product key
Organization Management
Test system health
Organization Management
Server Management
View-only administrator audit logging
Organization Management
Records Management
Note: You can also manually assign the View-Only Audit Logs management role to a management role group. For more information, see View-Only Audit Logs.
Write to audit log
Users that are members of any role group or assigned any management role can write to the administrator audit log.

Exchange PowerShell infrastructure permissions

The following table lists the permissions required to perform tasks that configure features that control how the Exchange Management Shell runs.

Users who are assigned the View-Only Management role group can view the configuration of the features in the following table. For more information, see View-only Organization Management.

Feature Permissions required
Active Directory Domain Services server settings
Organization Management
Server Management
Recipient Management
UM Management
Cmdlet extension agents
Organization Management
PowerShell virtual directories
Organization Management
Server Management
PowerShell and WinRM installation
Local Server Administrator
Remote PowerShell
Organization Management

Federation and certificates permissions

The following table lists permissions required for performing tasks related to federation trusts, OAuth configuration, certificate management, and hybrid deployment configuration.

Users who are assigned the View-Only Management role group can view the configuration of the features in the following table. For more information, see View-only Organization Management.

Feature Permissions required
Certificate management
Organization Management
Server Management
Federation trusts, OAuth
Organization Management
Test federation trusts, OAuth
Organization Management
View-Only Organization Management
Server Management
Hybrid deployment configuration
Organization Management
Intra-Organization connectors
Organization Management
Recipient Management
Records Management