Tip: Special-Purpose Mailboxes in Exchange Server 2010

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Exchange Server 2010 makes it easy to create several types of special-purpose mailbox. Here’s an overview of common special-purpose mailboxes and what they are used for.

Room mailbox
A room mailbox is a mailbox for room scheduling.

Equipment mailbox
An equipment mailbox is a mailbox for equipment scheduling.

Linked mailbox
A linked mailbox is a mailbox for a user from a separate, trusted forest.

Forwarding mailbox
A forwarding mailbox is a mailbox that can receive mail and forward it off-site.

Archive mailbox
An archive mailbox is used to store a user’s messages, such as might be required for executives and needed by some managers.

Arbitration mailbox
An arbitration mailbox is used to manage approval requests, such as may be required for handling moderated recipients and distribution group membership approval.

Discovery mailbox
A discovery mailbox is the target for Discovery searches and can’t be converted to another mailbox type once it’s created.

Shared mailbox
A shared mailbox is a mailbox that is shared by multiple users, such as a general mailbox for customer inquiries.

From the Microsoft Press book Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant by William R. Stanek.