Sending as shared group mailbox in Office365

Since it took me some time to figure out how to send eMail via SMTP as a shared mailbox in Office365 here some short notes how to do that. The special situation is that you first need to enable SMTP to allow sending mail. After enabling the setting even for the whole tenant or a single mailbox the user is allowed to send mail via SMTP in the name of the shared mailbox as O365 user with an assigned license.

The shared mailbox itself does not need to have a license assigned!

First of all check if SmtpClientAuthenticationDisabled is set to false either in the Tenant or for the user account you want to authenticate with.

You can use the cloud shell in your O365 admin panel if you want to

Connect-EXOPSSession PS /home/superadmin> Get-TransportConfig

SMTP sending disabled for whole tenant

Now check for the specific user:

Get-CASMailbox -Identity <user with license>

You see that SmtpClientAuthenticationDisabled is set to True

Now enable the setting

Set-CASMailbox -Identity <user with license> -SmtpClientAuthenticationDisabled $false

Check again:

Get-CASMailbox -Identity <user with license>

SMTP sending enabled per user

Now you are ready to go in sending mails with host

As you can see in the screenshots above we have enabled it on a per user setting.

There is one more special thing: You have to specify the username in the following format to send as the shared mailbox

User: <user with license>\<name of shared mailbox>
Password: <Password of user with license>

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