Sunday , May 31 2020

How to Give Permission to a Client to Create Top Level Public Folder (Root Public Folder Tree) in Exchange 2010

If you want to give a Permission for a  User to Create a Root PF folder

RBAC doesn’t have that option , so we got to give that manually in Active Directory

Lets say am using OWA to Create Public Folder (PF)

Create New Folder – > Mail folder


You will end up with this Error while Creating Public Folders

Error : You don’t have permission to Perform this action


Logon to Adsiedit.msc

  • Click Start, Run, Type ADSIEdit.msc
  • Expand the following items:Configuration Container
    CN=Configuration, DC=Domain_Name,DC=com
    CN=Microsoft Exchange
    CN=Administrative Groups
  • CN=Folder Hierarchies
  • Right Click on CN=Public Folders – Properties


Click on ADD – Type the User you want to add – Click ok

Create Public Folder “Allow”

Create Top level Public Folder “Allow”

Apply & ok


Now User able to Create Top Level Public Folder (Root Public Folder Tree)


Great !!


About Satheshwaran Manoharan

Satheshwaran Manoharan is an Microsoft Office Server and Services MVP , Publisher of Specialized in Office365 / Microsoft Exchange / Virtualization , Sathesh is an Messaging Expert supporting/Designing/Deploying many medium size businesses to large enterprises when it comes to Corporate messaging and Virtualization Infrastructure

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  1. Gabriel Martinez

    Hi! Great post.

    I’m facing a different problem with public folders, and i hope you could help me. I would like users to be able to see a public folders and list contents (Reviewer), but disable the option to “Copy Folder” that appears in OWA. Through Outlook this option is disabled, but in OWA is permitted.

    Have you ever encountered this problem?

    Thank you in advance,
    Gabriel Martínez

  2. Thanks for this great helping acrticle i used it with Exchange 2003.

    Thanks again sharing knowledge with other and making life easire.


  3. Hi,
    I tried the settings suggested by you, it works as a charm, but my question is once this setting is in place what about mail enabled public folder does mail enabled public folder will accept messages from my domain as well as external domain.
    how this setting will be affected for mail enalbled public folder mail flow.

    Thank you

    • Satheshwaran Manoharan

      Hi Hemant,

      Its not going to affect any function of Mail Enabled Public Folders.

      It will work without any issues. It should accept messages from internal and External.

  4. Tks very much

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