Distribution Group Question

Posted on 2007-08-02
Last Modified: 2010-03-06
Is it possible to create a distribution group that is only visible to certain people in the GAL and the members are hidden from users who have access to ADUC?

I am running Exchange Server 2003 SP2
Question by:pearlvision
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    Accepted Solution

    You could have the group visible to only specific people in the GAL, but you would have to build replacement GALs. The default GAL would have to be disabled and two new GALs built - one for those who should see the list and one for those who shouldn't. To hide a list for that one task though is a lot of hassle and not one I would bother with personally.

    The way that I usually do it is to create the list first, with no members. Then ask all of those who need to use the list to add it to their personal contacts list (right click on list and choose Add to Contacts). Then hide the list from the GAL. Wait 48 hours for the list to go from all cached mode users and then populate the list with the members.

    As for hiding the list from people with access to ADUC - no that is not possible. If I can see ADUC then I can see everything. If you have people who have access to the ADUC who shouldn't then remove their privileges.

    The only way that I think you will achieve what you want is via a personal distribution list, but every user who needs to use that list would have to build the distribution list personally - they cannot be shared easily.


    Author Comment

    what about hiding the group membership from user in outlook?
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    Expert Comment

    There is an option in AD to do that. Depends on how paranoid about the membership of the group you are.

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    Forced accept.

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