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Adding contacts to DL using DSMOD

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I am trying to add a long list of contact objects to a DL with DSMOD, but it fails with the error "dsmod failed:The parameter is incorrect" (Win2k8 DC) or "dsmod failed:unspecified error" (Win2k3 DC).

My command looks like this:
dsmod group "CN=Groupname,OU=Distribution Lists,OU=E-mail container,DC=London,DC=Companynavn,DC=Net" -addmbr "CN=customer@Customercompany.net,OU=Custom Recipients,OU=E-Mail Container,DC=London,DC=Company,DC=Net"

My admin account is in the 'Company' domain while the contact objects and the groups are in the London domain.
The DL is a universal group and I can't see why it doesn't work.

I have a rather long list of contacts to add to this group, so I'd rather not do it manually.
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Try:
dsquery group "CN=Groupname,OU=Distribution Lists,OU=E-mail container,DC=London,DC=Companynavn,DC=Net" | dsmod group -addmbr  "CN=customer@Customercompany.net,OU=Custom Recipients,OU=E-Mail Container,DC=London,DC=Company,DC=Net"
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by:LPetersson
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Sadly that still fails with 'Unspecified error'
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by:LPetersson
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My command, and yours, dopes work with user objects, it only seems to be contact objects it doesn't work with.
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by:Felix Leven
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Sry:

you cannot do that for global groups in remote domain because it is not supported

Read:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/File_Servers/Active_Directory/Q_26831068.html
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by:LPetersson
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As I wrote in my original question "DL is a universal group" not a global group, also both the group and the contacts are in the same domain.
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yes, I can add contacts to whatever grouptype across domains 2003<->2008 using an enterprise admin user (using my example). can you create a user,contacs, groups in the other domain ?
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by:LPetersson
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Yes, it is the admin account which I normally use. and as I also wrote in my 2nd comment above, I can add user objects to the group, it is only contact objects, seemingly, which are a problem.
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I try dsadd, but there is no option for contacts, when user has option -memberof

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverDS/thread/5da36ea1-bce0-47f7-80c6-2f3672b5be38/
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dsadd is for creating new contacts, these are contacts that already exist.

I also found that page and while it seems promising at first, unfortunately it doesn't solve the authors, or mine, problem.
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On 2008 R2 I also get the "dsmod failed:unspecified error" executing my suggested code, on 2003 everythings works fine. The last comment on the microsoft help for dsmod group states it is impossible to work with a contact on 2008 r2.  bug  ?
I could not find a workaround on 2008, but it must work on your older DC.

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That is very peculiar, but yes, it works on my Win2K3 DC now. Slightly concerning that it doesn't work on Win2k8 though.

Many thanks.
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