Removing Orphaned Populated msExchangeDelegateLinkList and msExchangeDelegateLinkListBL Automapping Attributes

By Ace Fekay
Published 5/11/2017
Revamped 3/31/2018 – Added the option to selectively remove BLs without removing FullAccess permissions to the shared mailbox

Scope

How to remove a shared mailbox that keeps showing up in your Outlook profile that you’ve been removed as a delegate.

This shows how to remove the mailbox permissions and to re-add, and I just added how to simply just remove the backlinks WITHOUT removing FullAccess permissions. The users in this case, must re-add the mailbox in Outlook once it disappears from their profile.

Automapping

Automapping is an Autodiscover feature that was added to Exchange 2010 SP1 and newer, that allows Outlook to automatically add a delegated mailbox without additional tasks.

Autodiscover looks at the mailbox owner’s AD account for an attribute called the MSExchDelegateListLink attribute.

When you use the EAC or PowerShell to delegate permissions to a shared mailbox or to another user, Exchange will automatically set the Automapping feature to $True. In PowerShell you can disable this, but not in the EAC.

This feature populates the MSExchDelegateListLink attribute on the shared or delegated mailbox with the user accounts that will be Automapped, and vice-versa, it also populates the MSExchDelegateLinkListBL attribute on the user account. I look at this as the “back link” to the shared mailbox.

These two attributes are one of  nine (9) links and backlinks that exist. Here’s a list of all links and backlinks in AD and more specifics can be found at the following link:
http://www.neroblanco.co.uk/2015/07/links-and-backlinks-in-active-directory-for-exchange/

Outlook, Autodiscover, and those attributes

When Outlook fires up, and while running, part of what Autodiscover process performs is it will check these two attributes to determine if there are any shared mailboxes that must be automatically added to the Outlook profile. In some cases using a managed process for shared mailboxes, we may want this feature disabled so the shared mailbox does not get automatically added.

Orphaned Backlink is still populated and the mailbox still shows up in Outlook

If the user was previously delegated to a shared mailbox, then the delegated per,missions were removed, but for some reason, perhaps replication or corruption, or some other unforeseen factor (large environments fall under this category), the shared mailbox still shows up and you can’t get rid of it, and further, since you no longer have permissions, you can’t open it. This will cause the shared or delegated mailbox to still show up in Outlook. But you can clearly see in EAC or running a get-mailboxpermission that the user is no longer delegated.

Example of an account with the msExchDelegateLinkListBL still populated:

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How to remove it?

First, establish your PowerShell session to Exchange OnPrem or your Office 365 tenant. If unsure how, see this:
http://blogs.msmvps.com/acefekay/2017/05/11/establishing-a-powershell-session-to-your-office-365-tenant-or-onprem-exchange/

Determine, if any, links or backlinks exist on the shared mailbox:

Get-ADUser “SharedMailboxDisplayName” -Properties msExchDelegateListLink | Select-object -ExpandProperty msExchDelegateListLink

If any show up, you’ll see their sAMAccountNames. If you don’t know who the sAMAccountNames are and you want to see their displayNames, run the following (this command works for DNs, too):

For one account:
get-aduser sAMAccountName -Properties displayName,mail  | ft Name, DisplayName, mail -A

For a list of accounts in a text file:
get-content c:\temp\names.txt | get-aduser -Properties displayName,mail  | ft Name, DisplayName, mail –A

 

Then remove the msexchDelegateLinkListBL orphaned backlink and FullAccess permissions to the shared mailbox

Note: I’m using the shared mailbox’s displayName. This will also work using the sAMAaccountName or the primary email address.

For one account:
Remove-MailboxPermission “SharedMailboxDisplayName” -user $_ –AccessRights FullAccess -Confirm:$false

For a list of accounts in a text file:
get-content c:\temp\ace\userIDs\users.txt | foreach {Remove-MailboxPermission “SharedMailboxDisplayName”  -user $_ –AccessRights FullAccess -Confirm:$false}

Then if needed, delegate the shared mailbox again & disabling Automapping

Delegate Ace to a shared mailbox:
Add-MailboxPermission “Shared Mailbox Name or email address” -User AceFekay@contoso.com -AccessRights FullAccess -AutoMapping:$false

To just remove the backlink WITHOUT removing permissions

Note, using this method, the shared mailbox will automatically disappear from the Outlook profile. As soon as it does, you must manually re-add the shared mailbox either under the user account properties, where the permissions are proxied through the user account, which is the same as if it were Automapped, or as a separate account, which provides better features including sent and deleted items go into the shared mailbox itself instead of the mailbox owner under an automapped account or added under the user account.

To remove all BLs all at once:

#########################################################
#Remove the MSExchDelegateListBL from an account

$userToClean = “I061859”
  $userDN = Get-ADUser $userToClean | select -ExpandProperty DistinguishedName
  $delegates = Get-ADUser $userToClean -Properties msExchDelegateListBL |  select -ExpandProperty msExchDelegateListBL
  Write-Host “======================================================”
  write-host “List of Delegated accounts that are backlinked:” $Delegates
  Write-Host “======================================================”
  foreach ($delegate in $delegates) {
  Set-ADUser $delegate -Remove @{msExchDelegateListLink = “$UserDN”}
  }
  Write-Host “======================================================”
  Write-Host “If the following get-aduser cmdlet searching for backlinds is empty, then all delegated backlinks have been removed”
  Get-ADUser $user -Properties msExchDelegateListBL |  select -ExpandProperty msExchDelegateListBL
  Write-Host “======================================================”

To remove specific BLs one at a time:

# 1. Find the list of users in a shared mailbox that have been backlinked.
#    Note, as said, this is only for removing users that have requested it, unless you are working on removing all, which use the above

$SharedMailboxOrUserDisplayName = “Shared Mailbox Display Name”
$SharedMailboxOrUser = (get-recipient “$SharedMailboxOrUserDisplayName”).name
Write-Host “======================================================”
Write-host “Shared Mailbox sAMAccountName:” $sharedMailboxorUser
Write-host “List of Users (or ‘Delegates’) that currently have Backlinks on Shared mailbox ‘$sharedMailboxorUser’ :”
Get-ADUser $SharedMailboxOrUser  -Properties msExchDelegateListLink | Select-object -ExpandProperty msExchDelegateListLink | get-aduser -Properties displayName,mail  | ft Name,DisplayName,mail -A
write-host “======================================================”

# 2. Then enter the user account name from the above list that you want to remove, and then find the user’s DN:
  $UserToClean = “User sAMAccountName”
  $userToCleanDisplayName = (get-recipient $UserToClean).displayName
  $userDN = Get-ADUser $UserToClean | select -ExpandProperty DistinguishedName
  Write-Host “The DN of ‘$userToCleanDisplayName’ ($UserToClean) that you want to clean is: ” $userDN
  Write-Host “======================================================”
  write-host “List of Backlink DNs that you want to remove from $UsertoClean :”
  Write-Host
  Get-ADUser  $UserToClean -Properties msExchDelegateListbl |  select -ExpandProperty msExchDelegateListBL

  Write-Host  “======================================================”

# 3. Remove the MSExchDelegateListBL from my account or an account that was migrated to the cloud that previously had a MSExchDelegateListBL
#    Just have to run this, the BL gets removed after you run it
#    This does not remove any AccessRights to the Mailbox, it just removes the automapping

Set-ADUser  $UserToClean -Remove @{msExchDelegateListLink = (Copy and Paste the Backlink DN of the specific shared mailbox from the previous list that you want to remove) }

# 4. Then check to see if it worked:
   Get-ADUser  $UserToClean -Properties msExchDelegateListBL |  select -ExpandProperty msExchDelegateListBL
   Get-ADUser  $UserToClean -Properties msExchDelegateListLink |  select -ExpandProperty msExchDelegateListBL

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Summary

I hope this helps!

Published 5/18/2017

Ace Fekay
MVP, MCT, MCSE 2012, MCITP EA & MCTS Windows 2008/R2, Exchange 2013, 2010 EA & 2007, MCSE & MCSA 2003/2000, MCSA Messaging 2003
Microsoft Certified Trainer
Microsoft MVP – Directory Services

As many know, I work with Active Directory, Exchange server, and Office 365 engineer/architect, and an MVP in Active Directory and Identity Management, and I’m an MCT as well. I try to strive to perform my job with the best of my ability and efficiency, even when presented with a challenge, and then help others with my findings in case a similar issue arises to help ease their jobs. Share the knowledge, is what I’ve always learned.

I’ve found there are many qualified and very informative websites that provide how-to blogs, and I’m glad they exists and give due credit to the pros that put them together. In some cases when I must research an issue, I just needed something or specific that I couldn’t find or had to piece together from more than one site, such as a simple one-liner or a simple multiline script to perform day to day stuff.

I hope you’ve found this blog post helpful, along with my future scripts blog posts, especially with AD, Exchange, and Office 365.

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Removing Orphaned Populated msExchangeDelegateLinkList and msExchangeDelegateLinkListBL Automapping Attributes

By Ace Fekay
Published 5/11/2017

Scope

How to remove a shared mailbox that keeps showing up in your Outlook profile that you’ve been removed as a delegate.

To add, this is a big stickler especially with migrating from on-premises to Office 365, where the SendAs permission is now changed, because the permission must be re-assigned to the EXO object, the entity actually sending-As the email as another, and not the on-premises AD object. This also discusses how to remove the original Automapped BL (backlink).

Automapping

Automapping is an Autodiscover feature that was added to Exchange 2010 SP1 and newer, that allows Outlook to automatically add a delegated mailbox without additional tasks.

Autodiscover looks at the mailbox owner’s AD account for an attribute called the MSExchDelegateListLink attribute.

When you use the EAC or PowerShell to delegate permissions to a shared mailbox or to another user, Exchange will automatically set the Automapping feature to $True. In PowerShell you can disable this, but not in the EAC.

This feature populates the MSExchDelegateListLink attribute on the shared or delegated mailbox with the user accounts that will be Automapped, and vice-versa, it also populates the MSExchDelegateLinkListBL attribute on the user account. I look at this as the “back link” to the shared mailbox.

These two attributes are one of  nine (9) links and backlinks that exist. Here’s a list of all links and backlinks in AD and more specifics can be found at the following link:
http://www.neroblanco.co.uk/2015/07/links-and-backlinks-in-active-directory-for-exchange/

Outlook, Autodiscover, and those attributes

When Outlook fires up, and while running, part of what Autodiscover process performs is it will check these two attributes to determine if there are any shared mailboxes that must be automatically added to the Outlook profile. In some cases using a managed process for shared mailboxes, we may want this feature disabled so the shared mailbox does not get automatically added.

Orphaned backlink is still populated and the mailbox still shows up in Outlook

If the user was previously delegated to a shared mailbox, then the delegated per,missions were removed, but for some reason, perhaps replication or corruption, or some other unforeseen factor (large environments fall under this category), the shared mailbox still shows up and you can’t get rid of it, and further, since you no longer have permissions, you can’t open it. This will cause the shared or delegated mailbox to still show up in Outlook. But you can clearly see in EAC or running a get-mailboxpermission that the user is no longer delegated.

Example of an account with the msExchDelegateLinkListBL still populated:

image

 

How to remove it?

First, establish your PowerShell session to Exchange onprem or your Office 365 tenant. If unsure how, see this:
https://blogs.msmvps.com/acefekay/2017/05/11/establishing-a-powershell-session-to-your-office-365-tenant-or-onprem-exchange/

Determine, if any, links or backlinks exist on the shared mailbox:

Get-ADUser “SharedMailboxDisplayName” -Properties msExchDelegateListLink | Select-object -ExpandProperty msExchDelegateListLink

If any show up, you’ll see their sAMAccountNames. If you don’t know who the sAMAccountNames are and you want to see their displayNames, run the following (this command works for DNs, too):

For one account:
get-aduser sAMAccountName -Properties displayName,mail  | ft Name, DisplayName, mail -A

For a list of accounts in a text file:
get-content c:\temp\names.txt | get-aduser -Properties displayName,mail  | ft Name, DisplayName, mail –A

 

Then remove the msexchDelegateLinkListBL orphaned backlink:

Note: I’m using the shared mailbox’s displayName. This will also work using the sAMAaccountName or the primary email address.

For one account:
Remove-MailboxPermission “SharedMailboxDisplayName” -user $_ –AccessRights FullAccess -Confirm:$false

For a list of accounts in a text file:
get-content c:\temp\ace\userIDs\users.txt | foreach {Remove-MailboxPermission “SharedMailboxDisplayName”  -user $_ –AccessRights FullAccess -Confirm:$false}

Then if needed, delegate the shared mailbox again & disabling Automapping

Delegate Ace to a shared mailbox:
Add-MailboxPermission “Shared Mailbox Name or email address” -User AceFekay@contoso.com -AccessRights FullAccess -AutoMapping:$false

 

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Summary

I hope this helps!

Published 5/18/2017

Ace Fekay
MVP, MCT, MCSE 2012, MCITP EA & MCTS Windows 2008/R2, Exchange 2013, 2010 EA & 2007, MCSE & MCSA 2003/2000, MCSA Messaging 2003
Microsoft Certified Trainer
Microsoft MVP – Directory Services

As many know, I work with Active Directory, Exchange server, and Office 365 engineer/architect, and an MVP in Active Directory and Identity Management, and I’m an MCT as well. I try to strive to perform my job with the best of my ability and efficiency, even when presented with a challenge, and then help others with my findings in case a similar issue arises to help ease their jobs. Share the knowledge, is what I’ve always learned.

I’ve found there are many qualified and very informative websites that provide how-to blogs, and I’m glad they exists and give due credit to the pros that put them together. In some cases when I must research an issue, I just needed something or specific that I couldn’t find or had to piece together from more than one site, such as a simple one-liner or a simple multiline script to perform day to day stuff.

I hope you’ve found this blog post helpful, along with my future scripts blog posts, especially with AD, Exchange, and Office 365.

 

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Establishing a PowerShell Session to Your Office 365 Tenant or OnPrem Exchange

By Ace Fekay
Published 5/11/2017

Prelude

I’m working on posting more scripting blogs managing Active Directory, Office 365, and Exchange OnPrem, or On Premises.

And I stress the phrase, “On Premises,” and NOT “On Premise!”

Scope

Instead of repeating this procedure in each blog I write that has something to do about scripting where you must connect a PowerShell or an ISE session (I’d rather use ISE) to the tenant or OnPrem box, I thought to just put this together and reference the URL to connect. It’s easier and takes up less space on the blog with the actuals PS commands and scripts.

Office 365 tenant without ADFS

If you are not using multifactor auth or ADFS, open a PowerShell window and the run the following:

$MySession = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://ps.outlook.com/powershell/ -Credential $YourCred -Authentication Basic –AllowRedirection

This will prompt you for your credentials. Then import the session you just created:
import-pssession $MySession

If using a Proxy:

$MySession = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange –ConnectionUri https://ps.outlook.com/powershell/ -Credential $YourCred -Authentication Basic –AllowRedirection (New-PSSessionOption -ProxyAccessType IE)

This will prompt you for your credentials. Then import the session you just created:
import-pssession $MySession

Import AD Module:

I always import the Active Directory module so I can run AD tools. Of course, you will need AD permissions to modify, but anyone can read properties:

Import-module ActiveDirectory

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Office 365 ADFS and/or Multifactor Auth

Go to http://aka.ms/exopspreview. It will open and create a PowerShell session specifically to assist with establishing a session with Office 365. Then run the following:

Connect-EXOPSSession -UserPrincipalName YourEmail@contoso.com -PSSessionOption

If using a Proxy:

Connect-EXOPSSession -UserPrincipalName YourUserNamea@contoso.com -PSSessionOption (New-PSSessionOption -ProxyAccessType IE)

Import the AD Module:

I always import the Active Directory module so I can run AD tools. Of course, you will need AD permissions to modify, but anyone can read properties:

Import-module ActiveDirectory

.

Exchange OnPrem

$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri http://Exchange02.contoso.local/PowerShell/ -Authentication Kerberos
Import-PSSession $Session
Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.Exchange.Management.Powershell.Support

Import the AD Module:

I always import the Active Directory module so I can run AD tools. Of course, you will need AD permissions to modify, but anyone can read properties:

Import-module ActiveDirectory

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Summary

I hope this helps!

Published 5/11/2017

Ace Fekay
MVP, MCT, MCSE 2012, MCITP EA & MCTS Windows 2008/R2, Exchange 2013, 2010 EA & 2007, MCSE & MCSA 2003/2000, MCSA Messaging 2003
Microsoft Certified Trainer
Microsoft MVP – Directory Services

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Script to Search Netlogon logon scripts and Replace Drive Mappings

Prologue

Ace Fekay here again!

Once again, As many of you know, I’m an avid Active Directory and Exchange server engineer/architect, and an MVP in Active Directory. And why am I posting simple stuff, you ask. Well, because we need to use this stuff day to day, that’s why.

Yea, this may be simple, but you’d be surprised who may struggle with it, like I did. I had to get help from a colleague who put the bulk of this together. I first had an idea with my beginner’s mentality to do it a little differently, but when I saw what he suggested, I said, hmm, I still have lots to learn.

I hope this, and my future scripts, especially with Office 365, help you out.

Scope

After migrating shares from one server to another server using a Robocopy script (that I’ll post later), we needed to change the drive mappings in the logon scripts in the Netlogon share.

Keep in mind, we already have a robust DFS in place. The new sharename has targets to the old server. However, we needed to change any logon scripts still referencing the old server by either NetBIOS or by FQDN (OldServer.domain.com).Well, with 28,000 scripts, that’s something we’re not going to do manually.

This script replaces any mappings using the old server name, “OldServer” such as either \\olderserver\sharename or \\oldserver.contoso.com\sharename, to the new DFS name, \\contoso.com\NewShareName.

Code

This works fine. Watch the word-wrap in the blog.

# First run the robocopy script to copy all data
# Then run the netlogon report script to see how many bat files in netlogon reference OldServer
# Then run this script to replace any reference to “OldServer” to the new DFS sharename in the batch files for each share.
# By Ace Fekay and a colleague, who put together the bulk of this together.
# I added counters and report to the screen.
 
# If you need to run it as a different users, un-remark the following
# get-credential

$Path = “\\contoso.com\NETLOGON\”
$FilesAltered = 0
$FilesProcessed = 0
 
# This code snippet gets all the files in $Path that end in “.bat”.
cd $Path

Get-ChildItem -Filter “*.bat” | foreach{
$file = Get-Content $_
 
    #only modify files that contain the string “OldServer”
    if (Select-String -InputObject $file “OldServer”){
 
    $file = Get-Content $_
    $file = $file -replace “\\\\OldServer\\Users”,”\\contoso.com\\OldServer-Users”
    $file = $file -replace “\\\\OldServer.contoso.com\\users”,”\\contoso.com\OldServer-User”
    $file = $file -replace “\\\\OldServer\\Department”,”\\contoso.com\\OldServer-Department”
    $file = $file -replace “\\\\OldServer.contoso.com\\Department”,”\\contoso.com\OldServer-Departmentt”
    $file = $file -replace “\\\\OldServer\\GDrive”,”\\contoso.com\OldServer-GDrive”
    $file = $file -replace “\\\\OldServer\\FDrive”,”\\contoso.com\OldServer-FDrive”
    $file = $file -replace “\\\\OldServer\\HDrive”,”\\contoso.com\OldServer-HDrive”
    $file = $file -replace “\\\\OldServer\\Share2\$”,”\\contoso.com\OldServer-Share2$”
    
#comment out any net time statements, if they exist
    $file = $file -replace “^net time”,”REM net time”
    
#write out the changes
    Set-Content -Value $file -Path $_;
    Write-Host $_.Name
    write-host $file
    Write-Host “”
    $FilesAltered++
   }
$FilesProcessed++
}
Write-Host $FilesAltered ” altered out of a total of” $FilesProcessed “files processed.” 
 

Comments are welcomed.

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Summary

I hope this helps!

Published 9/9/2015

Ace Fekay
MVP, MCT, MCSE 2012, MCITP EA & MCTS Windows 2008/R2, Exchange 2013, 2010 EA & 2007, MCSE & MCSA 2003/2000, MCSA Messaging 2003
Microsoft Certified Trainer
Microsoft MVP – Directory Services

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