A recipient policy is applied to a set of recipients. For example, you can create a policy for a specific set of users, and specify that Lotus cc:Mail, GroupWise, MS Mail, Lotus Notes, SMTP, and X.400 addresses be created for those users. Once the required connectors are in place, your Exchange users can communicate with users on other messaging systems.
When you create a recipient policy, you select the set of recipients to which the policy will be applied. You can choose recipient categories or you can create custom recipient categories based on attributes. An LDAP query engine searches Active Directory based on the recipient settings you select or customize.
New recipient policies and modifications made to existing recipient policies do not take effect immediately. Instead, they are implemented by the recipient update service during the next interval of the update schedule. You set an update schedule for a recipient update service by either selecting pre-set update intervals or customizing an update schedule.
Exchange 2000 includes a default recipient policy. If other recipient policies do not exist, e-mail addresses are created for recipients based on the e-mail addresses selected on the default policy. For reverse compatibility, recipient policies are created for each site that is running Exchange 5.5. You can neither modify nor delete the default recipient policy or the recipient policies created for each site that is running Exchange 5.5. The default policy is set to the lowest priority to ensure that it will always be processed last.
All recipient policies are given a priority in relation to the default priority which has a priority of 'Lowest'. The first custom recipient policy you create has a priority of '1', the second has a priority of '2', and so on. If a recipient is included in the membership of more than one recipient policy, you can change priority of a recipient policy. This enables you to select the recipient policy that applies to the recipient.
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