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Exchange 2010 and distribution groups

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We are in the process of migrating to Exchange 2010.  We have an email address in our old system that is a distribution list.  In Outlook, in order to send from that email address, we have to setup a second account and set the email address to that distribution list's email address.  The actual account settings for that second account would just be the same as the person's primary email account but that second account is removed from the Send/Receive list.

In Exchange, we want similar behavior.  We want an email address that is a distribution group.  We have that part done in Exchange.  It is desired that each member of that distribution group be allowed to choose the distribution group's email address as the From address in their Outlook client.  Is that possible or do we need to rethink how we do this?  I know you can use the "Send As" option for mailboxes but that doesn't appear to be an option for distribution groups.

Thanks,

John  
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You should be able to use the send as permission under security in ADUC.  That is how I always do it.  Might be a difference between universal and global groups as well if you have an issue.
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by:Alan Hardisty
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You can configure this from the Exchange Management Shell by typing the following:

Set-DistributionGroup GroupName -GrantSendOnBehalfTo User@domain.com
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by:parkerjohn
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Thanks alanhardisty;
That cmdlet is for "on behalf of" which would show who actually sent the message if I'm not mistaken.  That is not the behavior I'm looking for but it is still one option if all else fails.  

Thanks Wayside Tech;
I keep forgetting that these are actually objects in AD.  I've got to remember to start looking there when I'm trying to figure out these things.  This seems to be the easiest way to do what I'm looking for.  I'll give that a try.  Is this method considered generally acceptable or are there any gotchas when doing this way?

Thanks,

John
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by:Wayside_Tech
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That is how I have done it since we implemented 2k7..  Havent had a problem yet,.
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Oops - sorry.

Try this instead - just tested on an Exchange 2010 server:

Get-DistributionGroup GroupName | Add-ADPermission -ExtendedRights Send-As -User UserName -AccessRights ExtendedRight
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I meant 2K10 for mine...


That is how I have done it since we implemented 2k7..  Havent had a problem yet,.
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It looks like both Wayside Tech's answer and alanhardisty's second answer do the same thing.  It's always nice to have more than one way.  The cmdlet will come in handy when scripting is involved.  Thanks to both of you.

John
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by:parkerjohn
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Each solution accomplishes the same thing.
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I got there in the end ;)

FYI - when closing, you don't have to accept your own comment as the solution and our comments as an Assisted comment - you can click on Accept Multiple Solutions button by the 'Best' / first correct comment and then add the additional comment as an assisted solution.

As it stands - this question will still close down and allocate points happily in 4 days time, but some Experts get confused by this and object to the closure thinking they are not getting any points - which is the only reward on EE (apart from the odd T-Shirt or two).
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This is only the second question I have asked.  I will watch that more closely.  I didn't intend to leave mine checked.  My intention was to split the points equally and accept Wayside Tech's first answer and your second answer.  I wasn't aware that "Accept Multiple Solutions" was tied to a particular comment.  Thanks for the advice on closing and thanks for the help with Exchange.
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Not a problem - would you like the question re-opened so you can have another go at closing?

It can be a little confusing closing the questions down - so don't go losing any sleep over it.
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