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Configuring Transport Rules from OWA/ECP

Alexander Zammit

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Alexander Zammit has been developing server applications for over 15 years. Most of his works involve Exchange integrated applications, including a FAX server, a mail security product and anti-spam products.

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Exchange 2010 SP1 is further extending the web based administrative interface. When it comes to day-to-day administration, more than ever the Exchange Control Panel is providing an effective alternative to the Management Console and Shell interfaces.

In Exchange 2010, Microsoft introduced the Exchange Control Panel web based administrative interface. Pegged to OWA, remote Exchange administration was never this easy. We had our first look at this interface in Exchange 2010 OWA - Exchange Control Panel. As predicted the ECP was certain to become richer in functionality and SP1 duly confirmed this.

In An Overview of Exchange 2010 SP1 we skimmed through the service pack goodies. Today we take a closer look at the new Transport Rules configuration interface SP1 has introduced.

Exchange Control Panel Transport Rules

Without further ado let's logon to the Exchange Control Panel using:
https://<Exchange Client Access Server>/ecp

As in Exchange 2010 OWA - Exchange Control Panel, I will use an Administrative account member of the Exchange Organization Management Universal Security Group.

Once logged in, we make sure we are managing 'My Organization' and select the 'Mail Control' category.

Exchange Control Panel

Here we find sub-categories from where we can configure Transport and Journaling Rules.

ECP Rules

Clicking New we are greeted with a simple rules interface. Don't worry all the functionality you are used to from the Exchange Management Console is available, we just have to select More Options. Before doing that, here is what the simple interface looks like:

ECP New Rule

Here we can specify one condition for identifying emails and the action to be applied. In this case I will configure a rule for emails sent by User1 to be BCCed to Administrator.

Rule Condition

Rule Action

To specify multiple conditions, multiple actions and exceptions, we have to hit the More Options button and switch to the full blown rules interface. Here I will add another condition so that only emails containing the text '[DESIGN]' in the subject are BCCed to the Administrator.

ECP More Options

And set the rule name.

Completed Rule

Once the rule is saved, we move to the Exchange Management Console. Here we can see and edit the Rule just created.

Exchange Management Console

EMC Rule

Final Tips

In Exchange 2010 RTM the ECP functionality mostly focused on user configuration options. With the addition of transport and journaling rule configuration amongst others, the ECP scope is being broadened. Will the Exchange Management Console be replaced entirely by the ECP at some point?

References

Exchange 2010 OWA - Exchange Control Panel

An Overview of Exchange 2010 SP1

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