I would like to set up a recipient policy that provides both alias@ and username@:

alias@example.com    || %m@example.com
username@example.com || ?

I cannot seem to find any information about getting username@example.com into the policy. Does anyone know if this is possible to do?

  • Is it safe to assume your user names don't follow a standard that allows you to use one of the "first name"/"last name" formats? – Paul Kroon Jul 21 '10 at 17:16
  • Unfortunately not. I would like to change this but upper management are resisting and the current scheme works. – Littlejon Jul 21 '10 at 21:11

If you do it through the Microsoft console, you can see the difference when creating the rule under Organization / Hub Transport / Email address policies.


Alias is the username (SAMAccountName to be specific), but I'm unclear what you're calling the username in this case. Is that the display-name? The list of short-cuts is here:


%m is the name under "account" on the AD object
%d is the display-name, which might include spaces
%g.%s is the fairly normal FirstName.LastName@example.com formulation

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    This is incorrect (at least with 2010 it is). Alias is the alias set on the Mailbox at time of creation and is not the sAMAccountName). – Littlejon Jul 21 '10 at 6:21
  • True, but the default is sAMAccountName. We never change it, so I slipped my mind on that one. – sysadmin1138 Jul 21 '10 at 6:48
  • Unfortunatly I need to use both values individually and would like to be able to use Recipient policies rather then manually adding email addresses. – Littlejon Jul 21 '10 at 11:37

I haven't implemented 2010 yet but in our 2007 server I can just add an incoming smtp address to the mailbox account. If you email either address it goes to the same mailbox.

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