Send on behalf of for a distribution group

Posted on 2007-12-04
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I have a distribution group setup in Exchange 2007 having any email that hits it go to 3 users that I added on the members tab and it works fine.  Now the users want to send emails out on behalf of the distribution group can that we accomplished or do I need to set it up as a mailbox to do that?
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Jeff Perry earned 250 total points
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You would need to create a mail enabled user that has a name like your distribution group. You would then have to give each member of the distribution group permission to send on behalf of the new mail user.
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You can only grant Send on behalf permissions from the shell using : -

Set-DistributionGroup -Identity "DLName" -GrantSendOnBehalfTo USERNAME
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DO you want Send on Behalf of or Send As?

You need to use PowerShell.
For Send on Behalf of, you need Set-DistributionGroup. It is outlined here:

For Send as, you need Add-AddPermission, which is here:

Or you can use PowerGUI:


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This is related but a bitt off and will help you with your questions about permissions
info on set-distrobutiongroup command


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Add-ADPermission -Identity 'CN=DLName,OU=OU,DC=contoso, DC=com' -User 'contoso\username' -ExtendedRights 'Send-as'

will grant username Send AS on DLName.


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I don't agree with the solution here:  Here is how you do it.
"Open Active Directory Users & Computers
"Activate "Advanced Features" in the View menu
"Find the distribution list you want to send as
"Open the properties and go to the Security tab
"Add the user or group in question
"Check the "Send As" permission
"OK your way out
Now on that users Outlook click New Message, in the options drop down choose From: and add the email for the distro group.


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I can't beleive they chose the top solution as appose the the ADUC

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That's because the ADUC solution doesn't work in all environments. The PowerShell one does.

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This should have been closed a long time ago.  We went with send as permissions.  No need to create a new mailbox.  Either way ADUC or Powershell get you to the same solution just different tools modify the AD object.  


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I have just been tackling this same request.

Can anyone confirm that granting the Send As permissions to the default security group SELF will allow all users who are a member of the distribution group to send email as the distribution group?

If this works it would require much less maintenance of the permissions if the members of the group change regularly, like my case does.

Or have I misunderstoof the purpose of the SELF security group?

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