How to have Office 365 Shared Mailbox with Multiple Domains

If you’re hosting your email with Microsoft’s Office 365 service, you may be using shared mailboxes. You should if you aren’t, they’re a great way to create email addresses that don’t consume a license. Shared mailboxes can also be shared.

The Problem

I have a quite a few domains added to my Office 365 account and I wanted to create unique shared mailboxes for a couple of my domains. So I logged into Office365 and go to create the 2 shared mailboxes.

I wanted the following

[email protected]
[email protected]

I created the first shared mailbox without any issue, then when trying to create the second shared mailbox I came across this error.

Microsoft 365 Admin Center – Error message

The Solution

You can’t do this through the admin center because it tries to enforce uniqueness of the alias but does not take into account the domain name. Which I think is kind of crazy, there has to be literally thousands of users that would need this functionality.

You have to use PowerShell to achieve this. First, you’ll need to connect your local session to your office365 account. You can do this following the steps outlined in the following Microsoft help document. I’ll outline the steps below incase the document moves or disappears.

Step One.

$UserCredential = Get-Credential
You will be prompted to enter your admin console admin credentials

Step Two – Connect to Office365

$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection

Step Three – Connect the session

Import-PSSession $Session -DisableNameChecking

If you don’t see any errors, you can move onto the next step. If you see the following error:

Import-PSSession : Files cannot be loaded because running scripts is disabled on this system.

You will need to change your PowerShell Execution Policy

Step Four – Create the shared mailboxes

New-Mailbox -Name "Social Mailbox" -Shared -PrimarySmtpAddress [email protected]

Step Five – Remove the session

Remove-PSSession $Session

PowerShell Execution Policy

I found this information over on thanks Paulie!

Open PowerShell as the administrator

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

Select ‘Y’ when prompted and you’ll be able to connect.