SharePoint Creates Legacy Contacts in Active Directory

A few people have noticed that SharePoint is creating Legacy Contacts in Active Directory with Exchange 2007 or 2010. The reason is fairly simple… SharePoint doesn’t set the attribute msExchVersion.

When SharePoint creates a contact, the only properties it sets can be found in SetContactProperties:

private void SetContactProperties(DirectoryEntry contactEntry, string Alias, bool SetAlias, string FirstName, string LastName, string ForwardingEmail, ContactFlags Flags)
    contactEntry.Properties["givenName"].Value = FirstName;
    contactEntry.Properties["sn"].Value = LastName;
    contactEntry.Properties["displayName"].Value = FirstName + " " + LastName;
    contactEntry.Properties["TargetAddress"].Value = "SMTP:" + ForwardingEmail;
    contactEntry.Properties["MAPIRecipient"].Value = false;
    contactEntry.Properties["InternetEncoding"].Value = 0x140000;
    if (SetAlias)
        contactEntry.Properties["mailNickname"].Value = Alias;
    if (Flags == ContactFlags.OnlyAllowAuthenticatedEmail)
        contactEntry.Properties["msExchRequireAuthToSendTo"].Value = true;

By leaving msExchVersion blank, Exchange 2007 and 2010 interpret the contact to be Legacy, e.g. an Exchange 2003 contact.

Trevor Seward is a Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP who specializes in SharePoint Server administration, hybrid scenarios, and SharePoint Online. He has been working with SharePoint for 16 years from SharePoint 2003 on up, managing environments with terabytes of content for 150,000+ user organizations. Trevor is an author of Deploying SharePoint 2016 and Deploying SharePoint 2019. You can find him at /r/sharepoint.