creating distribution lists on exchange

i am having to create a distribution list of about 1000users on the exchange server - is there any way of importing the list of email addresses and names than putting them in manually one by one. its a windows 2003 server running AD but the users that need to go on the distribution list are not in the domain. what are my options? any ideas will be appreciated.
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czcdctConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You can type about 1000 contacts into Active Directory and make a distribution group from there. No?
OK, will show you CSVDE where you can get a nice excel spreadsheet of all the email addresses you have and then mass import them into AD. Then you can make the DG quickly from there.

There are a number of other methods but most people who ask this kind of question have a flat file with a load of addresses and want to send it an email.

Of course, you don't actually need to do anything in AD. If you are sending out a weekly flyer from your marketing dept or whatever then doing a simple mail merge is a good idea, that saves you from doing anything.
SembeeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Are these external contacts?
If so, importing them in to AD is not a clever idea.
I have been asked to do it in the past and every time without fail I have been asked to remove those contacts within 48 hours. The users don't like seeing the GAL cluttered up with external people they don't know and don't care about.

If this is for some kind of marketing exercise, put them in a public folder. You can then delegate management of the contacts to someone else. In the AD either you have to do it, or you have to give someone privileges to do it for you. In the AD the contact information will become stale very quickly as users cannot update it on the fly.

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