17.20. Creating a Mail-Enabled Distribution List

Problem

You want to create a mail-enabled distribution list.

Solution

Using a graphical user interface

  1. Open the ADUC snap-in.

    Tip

    This needs to be run on a workstation or server that has the Exchange Management Tools loaded (see Recipe 17.6)

  2. If you need to change domains, right click on Active Directory Users and Computers in the left pane, select Connect to Domain, enter the domain name, and click OK.

  3. In the left pane, browse to the parent container of the new DL, right-click on it, and select New Group.

  4. Enter group name, select group scope, select group type, and click Next.

  5. Verify that Create an Exchange e-mail address is selected and click Next.

  6. Click Finish.

Using a command-line interface

The following command creates a group:

> dsadd group "<GroupDN>" -scope <Group Scope> -secgrp yes|no

The following command mail-enables a group:

> exchmbx -b "<GroupDN>" -me 

Replace <GroupDN> with the group's distinguished name, <Group Scope> with l, g, or u for local group, global group, or universal group, respectively. -secgrp should be set to yes if this is to be a security group, no otherwise.

To create and mail-enable a distribution universal group named UniDL, execute the following commands:

> dsadd group "cn=UniDL,ou=grps,dc=rallencorp,dc=com" -scope u -secgrp no
> exchmbx -b "cn=UniDL,ou=grps,dc=rallencorp,dc=com" -me

For an alternative method, create an LDIF file called create_dl.ldf with the following contents:

dn: CN=<group name>,<Parent DN> changetype: ...

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