I am running Exchange 2007, and have executive users that want server-side distribution lists of users not within my organization, so that everyone in the company can use the same lists to e-mail these outside users.
Currently, I am creating Mail Contacts through the Exchange Management Console, configuring the desired options (i.e.: unchecking update e-mail addresses via policy, show address in GAL, etc), then adding them to the distribution lists which are available through the GAL. Then I move the object in AD to another OU for organization purposes, etc... it's just becoming a tedious task to manage.
Now, I would like to delegate the task of doing this to a user, so that I don't have to manage this process. I know that I can grant access to the user to be able to edit the members of the distribution lists through Outlook, but they can only add "outside" addresses that are already created as Mail Contacts. This step saves me virtually no time, as creating the mail contact is the tedious part, adding them to the list once created only takes 5 seconds.
I guess what I would like to do is allow the user to copy and paste simple SMTP addresses to a distribution list through Outlook, and have this distribution list available through the GAL.
Is this possible? I am willing to purchase an exchange add-on if this is required.