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creating a user managable listserv on Exchange 2007 (not a server side distribution list) that external users can send to

Dave Messman
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Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I've got an SBS 2008 box, and a user who would like to a listserve for internal and external use.  For example, the email address is project1@company.com.  We want internal and external users to be able to send to this list.

On the project1 list, there are 5 internal users and 25 external users.  I know I can do this in Exchange Management Console where I create 25 mail contacts and add them to a distribution group.  But the problem with this setup is that only an administrator can make edits to the list.  Each time they want to make a change to the list (which is several times a week), I have to go in and make the changes myself since it requires EMC access.

Are there any Exchange built in options for creating and managing a distribution group?  I thought about creating a public folder and letting the user create a distribution list in the public folder, but that would only allow internal users to use the list, not external users.

Any ideas including 3rd party apps or services?
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Get-Group <group-name> | Add-Adpermission -User <user> -Accessright writeproperty -Properties member

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You can give permission to the user who will be administrator of this DL. This user will able to remove/add member of this DL.
Dave MessmanIT Consultant


@suriyaehnop - then what process does the user to make changes/deletions to the list.  The hard part is that when new external users are added, a new mail contact must be created.  

About 5 times a week, I have to go through the same damn process -
create a new mail contact
add that mail contact to the distribution group
You need to create a new mailcontact/mailbox and ask them to add to the DL by themselves. For exisitng one (mailbox/contact), they can remove by themselves also.
Rajkumar DuraisamyRajkumar Duraisamy (Rajkumar-MCITP)
Top Expert 2012

Without a source in your environment (a contact for a external user) there is no option to allow an users to add a account as member of a distribution list.

Creating a New Contacting and Adding it as a member of a Distribution List is an administrative task, which has to be done by a user having permission like you.

Allowing a user to have permission on DL will allow the users to edit the members of a DL like adding and removing a member, to perform that, we need a contact account in server.

Like Raj said creating mailbox/contact is administrative task but you can left administrative task on DL (adding/removing) to owner of DL. Your workload will reduce 50% :)
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In the end, I resolved this outside of Exchange.  I bought a new domain name and set up hosting on a server that has mailman listserve capability (in this case, site5.com).  With mailman, the user can have 100% control of additions and deletions from the list.

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