Office 365 - cannot send as shared mailboxes from Outlook

Issue

Some users started having issues sending emails from newly created Office 365 shared mailboxes. Users were added as shared mailbox members as usual using Office 365 Admin centre. The shared mailbox would be automatically mapped in their MS Outlook 2016 as expected, but when tried to send any email from the shared mailbox email address they would immediately receive below NDR:

Your message did not reach some or all of the intended recipients.

       Subject:     Test
       Sent:  05/06/2018 19:47

 The following recipient(s) cannot be reached:
      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on 05/06/2018 19:47

            This message could not be sent. You do not have the permission to send the message on behalf of the specified user.

According to Exchange Admin Centre users had Full Access and Send As permissions to shared mailboxes. As a workaround users were able to send emails as shared mailboxes using Office 365 WebMail.

Resolution

The issue was resolved with Microsoft support help by re-applying Full Access permissions and removing shared mailbox Outlook auto-mapping for the affected users. Re-applying permission via Office 365 admin centre didn't have any effect.

  • Launch Windows Power Shell as administrator and connect to your Office 365 tenant.
  • Run: Remove-MailboxPermission -Identity This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -User This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -AccessRights FullAccess
    PowerShell response to the above command was user didn't have FullAccess permissions, which contradicted what Office 365 admin centre was telling...
  • Run: Add-MailboxPermission -Identity This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -User This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -AccessRights FullAccess -AutoMapping:$false
    -AutoMapping:$false disables shared mailbox auto-mapping to users' Outlook profiles.
  • Wait 30-60 minutes for changes to propagate.
  • Manually add shared mailbox to users' Outlook: File > Account Settings > Change > More Settings > Advanced > Open these additional mailboxes.
  • Try sending email as the shared mailbox by selecting From: address from Online Global Address List (to prevent caching issues).


June 2018
Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft Exchange Online
Microsoft Outlook 2016
 

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