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    Hi all

    I have a Windows 2003 domain (brand new) with Exchange 2003 Standard.

    I am in the process of adding in 40ish users, just wanted to clarify a quick question to make my life a little easier.

    When adding in users and creating their new mailboxes, AD is giving the new users a default SMTP mail address of [email protected]l and [email protected].

    How can I change this so I have:

    [email protected]
    [email protected] (set as primary)

    I am having to add these in by hand for each user at the moment, would like this set to eliminate room for typing error etc. (and make it quicker)

    Many Thanks

  • #2
    Re: Default AD email format

    Default email address is set within the Exchange recipient policies.
    %g.%[email protected] will give firstname.surname for example
    I think %g1.%[email protected] will give 1st letter of [email protected]

    Please read this before you post:

    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?


    • #3
      Re: Default AD email format


      You need to change this in the recipient policies, you can find in the system manager of exchange below the recipients item. There you need to change the current policy for or add a new one which you then set a primary. To adjust the current one open the properties and go to the tab emailaddresses and change the value to:

      %1g.%s this will take the first letter of the firstname and the complete lastname

      For more info see the following page:
      Best regards,

      Johan Veldhuis


      • #4
        Re: Default AD email format

        Thanks guys.

        Will this also change for existing users?


        • #5
          Re: Default AD email format

          Never mind, it does. Thanks guys.