Propagating Permissions in Exchange 2007 Public Folders

by Chris Sanders [Published on 27 Jan. 2010 / Last Updated on 31 May 2009]

This tip will explain how to propagate permissions through an Exchange 2007 public folder structure.

The Exchange 2007 public folder management interface is quite an improvement over that of previous versions of Exchange. One shortcoming however, is the ability to propagate permissions to subfolders within a public folder. By default, you simply can’t do this in Exchange 2007. In order to accomplish this you must first download the PFDavAdmin tool from Microsoft.

Once downloaded and installed, PFDavAdmin will become your best friend when configuring public folder permissions. Within this utility, simply right click the top level folder whose permissions you which to propagate, choose the Propagate ACE’s option, select the ACE’s you wish to propagate, and click OK.

PFDavAdmin has a few other useful features and should be in the toolkit of any Exchange administrator. You can download this tool here:

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The Author — Chris Sanders

Chris Sanders is a network security analyst for EWA Government Systems Inc. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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