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How do I add people from outside our domain to our distribution lists?

Posted on 2008-06-17
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I am trying to add people from outside our domain to a couple of distrobution groups (using sbs2k3).  I found that I can accomplish this by adding the outside users as new contacts in Active Directory (I couldn't find a way using Server Management).  I then added the contacts to the distrobution group, and everything seemed to be working fine.

I have two questions, however.  

First, is this the 'proper' way to accomplish my goal in an SBS environment?  I know that using the wizards is recommended, if not required, but I couldn't find a way to do it using Server Management.

Second, and more important, is does creating a 'contact' in active directory count towards our available CAL's?  I wouldn't think so, but since creating the new distrobution group, we are getting some 'out of licenses warnings'.  I am unaware of any other admins adding users.  In the licensing section of server management, I now see 30 installed licenses with a maximum of 33.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Scott
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ormerodrutter earned 125 total points
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Yes Contacts is the way to do this. Its not using up any CALs because the outsider doesn't need to login and/or use any resource in your domain. He/she won't even have a mailbox.

If you have X number of CALs SBS will always "allow" you to have 10% extra - before you go and buy the necessary numbers of CALs.
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Tht's right, create contact objets on Active Directory. They will not use CALs as they are not users
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thanks for the info!
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