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How to run a Non-owner mailbox access report in Exchange server/Office365 for audit purposes.

First select the mailboxes you want to enable auditing.

Note: To run non-owner Mailbox access report . Auditing has to be enabled in advance to capture the behaviour of the user mailboxes.

Get-Mailbox *careexchange.in | Set-Mailbox -AuditEnabled:$true

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Logging into EAC (Exchange Admin Center) – Compliance Management – Auditing

Click on Run a owner mailbox access report.

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Choose the mailboxes you want to audit –

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Click on Search. Now you can see if any unauthorised access has been made. it will be showing up .

In my case – Archiving server is using a impersonated account to pull all the email items from the mailboxes.

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Now to export the same report you need to do few changes in attachment settings as report is generated in the form of XML which is blocked by default.

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To see the Allowed Files list –

Get-OwaMailboxPolicy | Select-Object -ExpandProperty AllowedFileTypes | export-csv C:\Extensions.txt

To see the Blocked Files list –

Get-OwaMailboxPolicy | Select-Object -ExpandProperty BlockedFileTypes | export-csv C:\BlockedExtensions.txt

If export-csv doesn’t work After Allowedfiletypes use >C:\Extensions.txt

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Opening the Blockedextensions.txt i could see the .xml

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Checking Which is the OWA maibox policy assigned on the mailboxes where it needs to receive the report.

Get-CASMailbox Testuser* | Fl *owa*

Now i got the owamailboxpolicy name.

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Adding the .xml in the allowed file types –

Set-OwaMailboxPolicy -Identity OwaMailboxPolicy-Default -AllowedFileTypes @{add='.xml'}

Removing the .xml from the allowed file types –

Set-OwaMailboxPolicy -Identity OwaMailboxPolicy-Default -BlockedFileTypes @{remove='.xml'}

Now you can receive the Auditing report as below –

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These logs are stored in the dumpster of the mailbox itself. so it will be archived after 90 days as a default retention limit.

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Mailbox Audit Log Search ‘Search20150817{68bc4b0a-a58d-47b9-a289-3bf198fd4024}’ Requested by Satheshwaran Manoharan Completed Successfully Search Criteria: StartDate Utc: 7/31/2015 8:00:00 PM EndDate Utc: 8/17/2015 8:00:00 PM Mailboxes: LogonTypes: Admin, Delegate ShowDetails: True  ExternalAccess: Search request was submitted around 8/17/2015 1:54:44 PM Utc. Don’t reply to this email message. It was sent from an unmonitored account.

Satheshwaran Manoharan
Satheshwaran Manoharanhttps://www.azure365pro.com
Specialized in Microsoft Azure - Office 365 / Microsoft Exchange; conducted numerous projects worldwide in designing, supporting, and implementing messaging and virtualization infrastructure for medium-sized and large enterprises. Further, I am a Cloud Architect and Technical Advisor for various start-ups.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Hi Sathesh,

    I am performing run a non-owner mailbox access report on Office 365 portal.
    However, no results found yet.
    User had stated, one of the folder is missing from his Outlook and second user has access on first user mailbox.
    Auditing is already enabled for both the mailbox.

    Does it takes any time to replicate in portal as I cannot find any logs.

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