Exchange 2000: distribution groups not working (catchall address preferred)
Posted on 2006-11-26
- Small Business network (8 PCs + 2 servers)
- Domain server is Windows 2003 Server
- Mailserver is Exchange 2000 on a Windows 2000 Server.
I've installed Exchange 2000 and configured it (using a lot of guesswork!) to send/receive e-mail both internally and externally. This is tested and appears to work, though it may be flawed in ways I cannot see.
My problem now is setting up even relatively simple distribution groups of 2 users.
This is what I have done:
1) Opened "Active Directory Users and Computers" on the mailserver.
2) Right clicked on the server in the left pane of the window.
3) Selected New > Group from the pop up menu.
4) Entered a group name ("team"), left Group Scope as "Global", changed Group Type to "Distribution".
5) Next window, ticked the "Create an Exchange E-mail address" box, left the alias as "team" and clicked "finish" on the next page.
Oddly, in the "Active Directory Users and Computers" window, this now shows as a record but the column for e-mail address has no value for this item.
6) Open properties for "team"
7) Select "members" tab.
8) Add members - selected two local users with working e-mail addresses and okayed my way out of the windows.
I then tried to mail email@example.com from one of the client PCs in the domain, runnning MS Outlook 2000. (I am writing this bit from memory now) The response was a message item with an error icon. The message read something like "firstname.lastname@example.org is not a recognised mailbox". (I can check this tomorrow if it helps).
Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?
Incidentally, an alternate solution for me would be to have a catchall address in Exchange 2000 for any address other than those with mailboxes set up - and to forward all mail on this catchall to either one (or ideally two) current mailbox(es). Any ideas if this can be done within Exchange without resorting to buying/installing special add-ons?