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How do I create Exchange mail boxes without adding users to Domain?

Posted on 2011-03-04
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I work for a medium sized business with Window 2003\Exchange 2003 server.  We're in the process of adding email accounts to 35-40 remote users (CALs have been purchased).  These users DO NOT need access to any files\applications\printers but DO need an exchange email account within our domain.  

Can I create exchange email accounts for each of these users without creating them a domain account?  

Thanks in advance.
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Mailboxes are tied entirely to Active Directory user accounts, so there is no way to create a mailbox without creating a user account for them. An AD account is required to access email in all situations as well, so a user cannot send or receive email without an account.

If the users do not need access to anything on the network, you can either remove them from the Domain Users Group or create a security group for the users and deny access to resources to that group.
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The solution pointed me in the direction of creating a security group which I have not done before.
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