Mail-enabled groups whose name contains the '#' character have it replaced with the '?' character in (NETIQKB53142)

  • 7753142
  • 02-Feb-2007
  • 19-Jun-2007

Resolution

fact
Directory and Resource Administrator 6.x

fact
Directory and Resource Administrator 7.x

symptom
Mail-enabled groups whose name contains the '#' character have it replaced with the '?' character in the surname of their X400 (X.400) address.

symptom
Mail-enabled contacts whose name contains a pound sign have it replaced with the '?' character in the last name of their X400 (X.400) address.

symptom
Mail-enabled or mailbox-enabled users whose name contains an octothorp have it replaced with the '?' character in the surname of their X400 (X.400) address.

cause
The '#' character is not a valid character in an X.400 address.

fix

DRA and native tools such as ADU&C only allow certain printable string type characters as valid characters for an X.400 address.  The following table lists the allowable X.400 address characters:

 Character Designation
 A,B,...,Z Capital letters
 a,b,...,z Small letters
 0,1,....,9 Digits (Numbers)
 (space) Space
  ' Apostrophe
  ( Left parenthesis
  ) Right parenthesis
  + Plus sign
  , Comma
  - Hyphen
  . Full Stop (Period)
  / Solidus (Forward slash)
  : Colon
  = Equal sign
  ? Question Mark

Though you can manually edit and change the ? to the #, the X.400 address will not recognize the # character and email sent to this X400 address will receive Non-Deliverable Receipts (NDRs).  To correct the X400 address so that it can receive email, the Group/Contact/User must be renamed without the # character.  

SMTP addresses allow the # character and are not affected.



note

For more information about X400 addresses and allowable characters, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sbs/45/reskit/part2/sbrk0215.mspx?mfr=true .



Additional Information

Formerly known as NETIQKB53142

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