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Add individual to dynamic distribution list ?

We have a dynamic distribution list set up to include everyone from a specific organisational unit in active directory (external contacts). This is done by providing the OU in the filter section of the dynamic distribution list.

I need to add an additional user to the dynamic list who does not belong to the OU, and, because they have requirements to remain in their existing work OU, I cannot move them to the filtered OU. Is there a way of including an additional user by name to a dynamic distribution list?

What I think I am looking for is a way of combining 2 different criteria into the one list.

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8/22/2022 - Mon

Why not add an additional requirement to the QBDL?

Make it "All users in this OU" and "all users with this attribute: x" then give attribute X to this other user

That sounds exactly like what I want, but the conditional filters are only working inside the scope of the filtered OU. There doesn't look like an ability to select an additional filter area for the second constraint.

I could do it by giving all existing user inside the OU the same custom attribute and take the filter off, but that defeats the purpose of having them in a structured OU and I would have to manually add the custom attribute to each new member.

If you don't get that going, you could use either a nested group in the OU - then have the other user as the only member.

I have broken my 2k7 server, so unfortunately can't test this now
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It doesn't even have to be the company field - there are stacks of unused fields in AD.  Still, it would be nice to know why we can't specify a filter with an "OR" operator...

you can include multiple values in your Query - just not multiple fields

We are already using the Company field and department field for other distribution lists in the main organisation. This list is a P&F mailing list for the school full of external email accounts. So far it has been easy to just dump any parent's email into the OU as a contact and the distribution list picks it up.

I had a look for any custom attributes on the contacts but couldn't find any, but since they aren't in the main distribution lists I could give them all a company name 'P&F', then link in the moderator who belongs on other lists using a custom attribute.

I'll go through and update the contacts tomorrow and see how it goes ...
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contacts were the only thing i was thinking would give you greif when i was looking at my setup - surprised they dont have a few more attributes to play with these days as they are such a heavily used object now

You actually use contacts Jay?  I would be using a public folder and get the management of it pushed to the office staff.

yah i use them heavily - public folders in exchange 2007 arent exactly something i wanna push out to staff at this stage - plus we use contacts for control of who and what certain people can send and receive to and from - on top of that, we have one branch who isnt on my exchange box yet, so we need to manage them via contacts for distribution groups etc - i have a stack of contacts that i have to manage :)
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Finally had time to review this and couldn't use my expected technique because you can't filter by company OR custom value. Eventually got it done by using the state / province field.
Grrr ...

hmmm not so much fun - thanks :)