Active Directory Distribution Group

Posted on 2006-06-08
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I don't know much about AD so I have one question, I am running 2003 AD environment and my exchange is also 2003, I have a few distribution groups and inside some local employees.  What I need to do is also add one email address to the distribution list that's not part of my domain, the user is in a different domain different company exc. but to add in distribution group I guess they have to be part of your domain.  So how could I add an email address to the distribution group so If I send an email to that distribution group not only will the local domain users get the email but also the one that's not in our domain?

Question by:bbarac
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    Accepted Solution

    Have you added the external recipients as contacts in Active Directory? If
    this has been done, they should show up in the GAL. Once you add them in as
    contacts, you should be able to create distribution lists containing only
    those constacts, or add those contacts to distribution lists that contain
    internal recipients as well.

    Author Comment

    No I did not add anything.  Is this user added also under the users part of the AD? I was looking at this article and I don't see where or how you would create a user to distinguish between a user object and contact object.  I don't want to be adding anyone under users if they don't work here.

    Author Comment

    Computer, Group, Printer, User, Shared Folder, those are the 5 options that I have when I try to create an object in any part of the AD, I guess not being domain admins and only site admins is preventing me to have access to this.  I changed to advanced view just to make sure it's not something that is hidden but still nothing.

    Author Comment

    Ahh never mind I found it.

    LVL 33

    Expert Comment

    In addition to user objects, you can create contact objects. Typically you create a user object for each employee of your organization and a contact object for each person outside your organization whose contact information you want to store. A contact object can contain a subset of the properties that a user object can contain, as you can see in Figure 3.8 and Table 3.7.

    A contact object (actually, the person who corresponds to the object) can never log on to the network. Also, a contact object is not a security principal, so it cannot have any permissions. Of course, even if a contact object had permissions, no one would be able to use them, because a contact object cannot be used to log on.

    Creating Contacts

    To create a contact, you use the contact creation wizard in the Users and Computers snap-in. The wizard has only one page, which is shown in Figure 3.11. A contact object is like an address book entry for e-mail and other applications, and it contains only informational properties. It usually represents a person who is not working for your company, and a contact cannot log on to your network. Therefore, you don’t specify a logon name for a contact object. The "Full name" entry becomes the common name of the object in the OU tree.

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