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Directory Objects

Choosing the plus button (+) or the minus button (-) next to an object in the directory expands or collapses it to show additional objects. An object that contains other objects is called a container. For example, choosing Recipients expands that container and displays its contents.

Use the Administrator program to manage your organization or site by manipulating the structure of the directory or changing the properties of individual objects. Objects are the building blocks of your information system. How you link them together and define their properties determines the structure of your organization. The following table shows the objects you can use to build an organization and includes a brief description of each object. An organization may or may not have all of the objects, depending on the configuration.

Icon Represents Description

Organization The root or starting point of Microsoft Exchange Server directory objects. This is the name of your entire organization.

Address Book Views Container Contains Address Book views that can be used to group recipients.

Folders Contain the public folder hierarchy.

Public Folder A receptacle for information that can be shared among many users. You can send messages to public folders.

Global Address List Contains all recipients in the organization.

Site A group of one or more Microsoft Exchange Server computers connected to the same local area network (LAN).

Site Configuration Container Contains configuration objects, such as the directory replication connector.

Add-ins Contain add-in products from other companies.

Addressing Contains site-wide addressing information, such as details and one-off templates.

Details Templates Contain localized templates that can be used to define how details of objects are displayed in the Address Book.

E-mail Address Generators Contain tools for installed connectors and gateways that automatically generate e-mail addresses (addresses by which Microsoft Exchange Server recipients are known to foreign systems).

Custom Recipient Recipients residing on a foreign messaging system.

Distribution List A group of recipients addressed as a single recipient.

Mailbox A private repository for e-mail and other information. You must have a mailbox to send and receive e-mail.

Mailbox Agent An application written to operate from data sent to a specific mailbox. It is used to build a messaging-enabled server application.

One-off Address Templates Contain localized templates that can be used to determine what information users need to specify when they create a new e-mail address for Microsoft Outlook.

Connections Container Contains all connectivity objects for the system.

Site Connector Connects a Microsoft Exchange Server site to another site that has direct LAN connectivity.

X.400 Connector Connects a Microsoft Exchange Server site to another site or to other X.400 systems using Transport Class 4 (TP4), Transport Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), or X.25 transports.

Other Connectors Provide connectivity to MS Mail for PC Networks, MS Mail for AppleTalk Networks (also known as Quarterdeck Mail), the Internet, and other messaging systems, depending on your configuration.

Directory Synchronization Enables MS Mail (PC) to exchange directory information with the Microsoft Exchange Server computer directory.

Remote Dirsync Requestor An internal representation of an MS Mail directory exchange requestor that uses a Microsoft Exchange Server computer as its directory synchronization server.

Directory Replication Connector Describes a directory replication relationship between two sites.

Protocols Container Contains configuration information about Internet protocols.

Certification Authority (CA) Represents the Microsoft Exchange Server Key Manager service.

Directory Site (DS) Configuration Site-wide directory configuration properties.

Encryption Represents advanced security for the site.

Information Store Site Configuration Contains site-wide information store configuration properties.

Message Transfer Agent Delivers messages to their destination by moving them from one server to another.

MTA Site Configuration Contains properties for site-wide MTA configuration.

Link Monitor Monitors the status of connections between Microsoft Exchange Server computers and servers in other systems.

Server Container A container for Microsoft Exchange Server computers.

Server A Windows NT Server computer running Microsoft Exchange Server.

Server Monitor Monitors the status of Microsoft Exchange Server and/or other Windows NT services running on one or more servers.

Private Information Store Contains all mailboxes that have this Microsoft Exchange Server computer as their home server.

System Attendant A general maintenance service that must be running for Microsoft Exchange Server processes to run.

Public Information Store Contains all public folders (and their contents) that have this Microsoft Exchange Server computer as their home server or that have been replicated to this server.

Recipients Container Contains recipients (mailboxes, custom recipients, distribution lists, and public folders). A site can have multiple recipient containers.