Mailbox templates enable you to preconfigure properties that many mailboxes share (such as trust level, delivery restrictions, company name, and postal address) without typing the same information repeatedly. After you create a mailbox template, use the template to copy the specified properties to new mailboxes as they are created.
You can configure a template mailbox to be hidden in the Address Book so that it does not receive mail. For more information, see "Hiding a Mailbox Template in the Address Book" later in this chapter.
Note Mailboxes are not linked to templates. After a mailbox is created, it is not changed if the template is modified. To change default properties for multiple mailboxes after they are created, use the Directory Import command.
Use the following procedure to create a mailbox template.
After you create a mailbox template, you can use the template to preconfigure properties for new mailboxes as they are created. As you create new mailboxes (by using the Migration Wizard, the Directory Import command, or the Duplicate command), the template copies the mailbox configuration to the new mailboxes. All template mailbox properties except first name, last name, alias name, permissions, and e-mail addresses are copied.
The following procedure describes how to create a single mailbox with preconfigured properties by duplicating a mailbox template (using the Duplicate command).
You can hide a mailbox template in the Address Book so that users can't view it or send messages to it. Hidden mailboxes are also useful if you plan to create mailboxes, test them, and then make them visible in the Address Book.