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Exchange server API for distribution group management?

Hi all, exchange newbie here. I'm wondering if there's any API (whether 3rd party or MS) that works with Exchange 2010 to allow better distribution group management? We have a DG that serves as a mailing list (around 1400+ contacts) and often requires adding/removing subscribers. Most mailing list provides unsubscribe link of some sort to allow subscribers remove themselves from the list automatically. Just wondering if there's any API out there that does the job. Thanks for looking into my question!
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Jian An LimSolutions ArchitectCommented:
have you explore the powershell option? since it is so powerful nowadays. you can basically pipe command in.
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wesdeneoAuthor Commented:
Sure I can. However I  work for a small IT team that might not have the man-hour devoted to a project like this, esp if there's some API out there that might work.
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Jian An LimSolutions ArchitectCommented:
hmm..

first, you need to assign someone to look after the DL

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc164350%28EXCHG.80%29.aspx

you can change the membership of distribution groups so they can join the DL without any approval.


For API, I am not a developer so i cant help you much about it, but Exchange 2007 onwards and something call EWS API that able to interact with DG


Exchange Web Services Managed API 1.0
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd637749%28EXCHG.80%29.aspx


you want want to try from there.
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wesdeneoAuthor Commented:
Hi limjianan, thanks for responding to my Q. Do you know in Exchange 2010, can we assign a specific user to modify just ONE distribution list? I looked up all the exchange role-based groups and correctly me if i'm wrong, i can add the user to the "Exchange Recipient Administrators" security group, but that would allow him to edit ALL distribution lists instead of just one. Any way we can limit that?
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Jian An LimSolutions ArchitectCommented:
yes, you can.
you just need to assign a particular user to that particular ONE dsitribution list.


check the first link i gave you. it has the command to do it.



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wesdeneoAuthor Commented:
Sorry I wasn't making it clear. Yes I have already tried the add-adpermission command in powershell. The command went through, but when I log in as that user in OWA and go to Options, I still don't see the "Select what to manage..." list that I have with admin account.
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Jian An LimSolutions ArchitectCommented:
you cannot manage to DL list using OWA. i have gone through this, is a limitation of OWA.

try on outlook 2007 and/or above.

Procedure
 To use the Exchange Management Shell to delegate management of distribution group membership to a user

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      Run the following command:

      Add-ADPermission -Identity <name of distribution group> -User <name of user> -AccessRights WriteProperty -Properties "Member"

      For example, to grant John Smith the right to add members to the Marketing Department distribution group, run the following command:

      Add-ADPermission -Identity "Marketing Department" -User "John Smith" -AccessRights WriteProperty -Properties "Member"

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wesdeneoAuthor Commented:
Thanks limjianan! I first tried Outlook 2007/2010 and it still didn't work, then I came across this site:

http://sysadmin-talk.org/2010/06/omg-allowing-end-users-to-manage-distribution-group-membership-in-exchange-2010-2/

It turns out that I need to enable the option to allow members to manage their DLs first! Just throwing out there in case any other newbies came across this thread later.
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