Created Distribution in AD without mailbox, can't see in GAL. When mailbox is associated to group, can see it in GAL. Why?!

Posted on 2013-09-12
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hi guys

I've created a distribution group in AD without a mailbox associated to it,  and I can't see it. However, when I associate a mailbox to it in the Exchange management console in the section 'Distribution Group', I can.

Why does this happen? I recall creating groups all of the time in previous companies and it wasn't an issue. Is this a settings issue or can this be modified?

Thank you
Question by:Yashy
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Jaihunt earned 600 total points
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Did you create the Distribution group from a Domain controller or exchange server. Because if you create distribution groups from the exchange server it will automatically add the display name everything because exchange shell is associated to manage exchange activity in AD tools in exchange server.


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I created it on the Domain Controller, in the Active Directory.

I know that if I create the group via Exchange, it will create that group in AD also. So that's how I should be doing it, yes?
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Yes you should use AD tools like dsa.msc from exchange server when you perform exchange related activities because exchange management shell associated with that. You are not able to see it in GAL because the exchange activity like creating display name, mail address activity not performed.

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Muralidharan R earned 1400 total points
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You could not create a mailbox for Distribution group..

You could only mail enable a distribution group...

Till 2003, From exchange server, if you create a DL in AD it will automatically create email address. Because exchange 2003 depends and associated with AD.

From EX 2007, you need to create DL's from Exchange management console/Shell to get a email address/exchange related attributes.

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Thank you both. That helped me a lot.

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