Skip to main content
Intronis Partner Toolkit

Using ExFolders to Modify Exchange Permissions

The EXFolders utility is used by us to adjust permissions on public folders or mailboxes within Exchange.  ExFolders is a Microsoft port of the PFDavAdmin utility to Exchange 2010.  Things you can do with ExFolders:
  • Adjust permissions on public folders and mailboxes in case Intronis is unable to backup those entities.  This may resolve issues with permissions if applying the Exchange Powershell commands do not work.
  • Connect to stores on Exchange 2010 or 2007 only, both mailbox and public stores. Connections to Exchange 2003 and earlier is not possible (use PFDAVAdmin for that).
  • Connect to more than one mailbox store at a time – just ctrl-click or shift-click to select multiple stores.  This allows you to operate against multiple servers or every single mailbox in the organization all at once if you need to do so.

 

Installing ExFolders

  1. Download ExFolder here.  The (.zip) file contains three files:

    • ExFolders.exe

    • Readme file

    • TurnOffSNVerificationForExFolders.reg

  2. Unzip the content, open an elevated command prompt, then navigate (through command prompt) to the folder you extracted the files to.

  3. From that command prompt, install the reg file into the registry using the following command:

    regedit.exe "TurnOffSNVerificationForExFolders.reg"

  4. Determine where the Exchange "\bin" folder is and move the executable file there.  ExFolders MUST be run from that folder.

  5. Run "ExFolders.exe"

 

Using ExFolders

After opening it up, go to Files > Connect and select the server/database we need to connect to.  ExFolders then allows you to drill into either "Public Folders" or "Mailboxes."  To adjust permissions for the user Intronis is running as, right-click one of the public folders and click on "Folder Permissions."  The screen that opens may remind you of the screen in "Services.msc" when we are changing the Log On user account.  It can discover the username from AD and provide the exact username to use. Make that user an "Owner."