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Populate Global Distribution List from Excel

This is probably stupid simple, but I'm being lazy.

I have a list of email addresses, that I would like to create a new Global Dist list in Exchange. From Active Directory I open our OU, add new global dist, but how do I populate the members? I can only select from existing domain objects. Am I going to have to create a Contacts user for each one of these then create the list? I know it is pretty easy to import the list to Outlook, but I would like this group visible to anyone not just individual outlook accounts.

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8/22/2022 - Mon


You can easily add internal users to a distribution list  If you want to add the external users, then you should've contact created for them in the AD.  Also, could you please ellaborate your issue.


That is the issue. I don't want to have to add all of them as contacts, then add them to a dist list. No one will ever send to just one of them. I can easily create a group in Outlook that has a bunch of external addresses without adding each address as a contact as well. I just wanted to do it at the exchange level instead so it would show up under the GAL. But again I don't want a bunch of contacts no one will ever send to.

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