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Free Training – What is Distribution Group in Exchange Server 2010?

A “Distribution Group” is a group of mailboxes and recipients. When a user sends a message to the Distribution Group, it automatically gets sent to the all members within the Distribution Group.

Distribution Groups are normally of three types:

  1. Mail-Enabled Distribution Group
  2. Mail-Enable Security Group
  3. Dynamic Distribution Group

Mail-Enabled Distribution Group: It is a normal group because it doesn’t have any security. We cannot use this group for security purposes.
Mail-Enable Security Group: It contains a security contact. This group is used to assign security on all the recipients.
Dynamic distribution groups: These are mail-enabled Active Directory group objects created to accelerate the mass sending of email messages and other information within a Microsoft Exchange Organization.

Since a Dynamic Distribution Group allows users to join and leave dynamically, it has dynamic features. A recipient filter is used to defend the dynamic group membership.

Here is how to create a Mail-Enabled Distribution Group with EMC and EMS both.

How to Create Mail-Enabled Distribution Groups in Exchange server 2010

Step 1: Open the Exchange Management Console and select the “Distribution Group” option in the “Recipient Configuration” tab. Click on the “New Distribution Groups” option on the right side of the EMC.

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Step 2: A wizard will start for creating a new Distribution Group. Select the “New group” option and click on the “Next” button.

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Step 3: Go to the “Distribution” tab, select the “Specify an Organizational Unit…” option, and then click on the “Browse” button.

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Step 4: Select any “Organization Unit” and click on the “OK” button.

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Step 5: Type the name of the group in the “Name” and “Alias” boxes. Now, click on the “Next” button.

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Step 6: Here, a new Distribution Group is going to be created with the following setting. Click on the “Next” button.

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Step 7: Click on the “Finish” button to close the wizard when you’ve successfully created the group.

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Step 8: Now, you can add members to this new Mail-Enabled Distribution Group. Open EMC and right-click on the Distribution Group. Click on the “Properties” option.

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Step 9: Select the “Members” tab and click on the “Add” button.

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Step 10: Select all the recipients that you want to be members of the Distribution Group. Now click on the “OK” button.

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Step 11: Click on the “Apply’’ and “OK” buttons.

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How to Create Mail-Enabled Distribution Groups by EMS

Step 1: We can also create Mail-Enabled Distribution Group in the EMS.

Type this command in the Exchange Management Shell:

>New-DistributionGroup -Name “DS1” –OrganizationalUnit “bks.local/IT-Hub” –SamAccountName “DS1”-Alias “DS1”

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At this point, we see a new Mail-Enabled Distribution Group created with help of CMDLET.

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If you still have doubts about creating Mail-Enabled Distribution Group in Exchange Server 2010, our experts can help. Write your queries in the comments section and we will post out the answers as soon as possible.


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