Sunday, January 3, 2010

ExFolders - PFDavAdmin's Replacement

In Exchange 2010 WebDAV is gone from Exchange. PFDAVAdmin was named as it is because it used WebDAV to access and make changes to public folders. With WebDAV gone from Exchange PFDAVAdmin can now no longer be used with Exchange 2010.

So what now?

Well many of the public folder administration functionality can be done using powershell with Get-PublicFolder and Set-PublicFolder commands.

However what if you need a GUI?

Microsoft has developed a new tool called ExFolders to replace PFDAVAdmin. ExFolders still has the same user interface as PFDAVAdmin, so things will look very familiar. There are a few changes as well as additional features incorporated into ExFolders that I will point out below:

Changes from PFDAVAdmin:
  • ExFolders must be run from an Exchange 2010 server - it cannot be run from a workstation as PFDAVAdmin could. It can connect to Exchange 2010 or 2007, but not older versions!
  • Remove Item-Level Permissions is gone, because these are no item-level permissions in Exchange 2007 or 2010.
  • DACL fix functinoality is gone. With no WebDav and no M: drive, non-canonical DACLs should be practically unheard of.
  • Permissions export format between PFDavAdmin and ExFolders are compatible.

New Features in ExFolders:

  • Folder property imports are now supported. You were able to do folder property exports with PFDAVAdmin but not imports.
  • Item property exports are supported - that is, you can export a set of properties from all items in a folder. This feature has been added for troubleshooting purposes - you can not do item property imports!
  • ExFolders support the new free/busy permissions that were introduced in Exchang 2007 and Outlook 2010.
  • You can now connect to multiple mailbox stores at the same time, so you can run a batch operation against several mailbox setores or all mailboxes in the org!
Where can I get ExFolders?

1 comment:

  1. Is there a limitation on the size of the mailbox it can handle