Working with Distribution Lists in Outlook 2003 / Exchange 2000

I don't know if this is more of an Outlook or Exchange question. I need to get import some contacts that this employee, Julie, currently has in a group in her Outlook Contacts folder into a new Distribution List that I created in their Global Address List.

The problem is this: when I go to Julie's Outlook and start a new email composition, and click [To] to bring up the [Select Names] dialog box, and then locate the [Contractors] distribution list I created and select it and then click [Properties] to open the Contractors list and then click [Modify Members] and then click [Add]... when this [Add Users] dialog box opens and I open the drop-down under [Show Names from the"], it doesn't list her Contacts folder nor any Public Folders.

Is there a way to have Public folders and her Contacts show up in this list?

We're trying to find an easy way for Julie to populate the new Contractors distribution list with a bunch of contacts she has in a list in her Contacts folder. Thanks.
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Do you REALLY want that in the GAL?  It is easier if you instead have it in a public folder.

In order to add contacts to a distribution list in active directory you need to create each of the contacts as mail enabled contacts first and then add those contacts to the DL.
WineGeekAuthor Commented:
I'm all for working with Public Folders if that's easier. I can already tell Public folders seem easier to work with for what I'm trying to accomplish here. Can I create a public folder that has a single email address that users can send to that will in turn send that email to all the recipients in that Public folder? I just don't know if Public Contact folders work the same as a distribution list. Thanks.
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No, but you can create distribution lists in the public folder itself
WineGeekAuthor Commented:
If I create a distribution list inside a "Contacts" Public Folder, can I then address an email to the email address of that Public Folder in order to have the email go out to all the recipients in the list that is in that folder, or would I have to address the email to the address of the distribution list itself? Thanks.
>>would I have to address the email to the address of the distribution list itself?

The list will not have an address, you would instead select it from the contacts (you can set a public folder to be the default contacts for your users)

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