Creating a mail distribution list on exchange or on the outlook client

Hi

We use exchange 2007/Outlook 2010.I have been asked to create a mail group for 60 external contacts.  Only 5 users within our organisation will be using this mail group. What is the best way of doing this. The 50 users in the group may change  every year.
Creating as contacts in exchange and creating a distribution list and adding them into this group will be ok /just creating a mail distribution list local on all 4 users outlook client and adding all the contacts one by one.

Please suggest.

Thanks
lianne143Asked:
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
You would create the external contacts:

http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/show/196-adding-external-emails-in-ad-distribution-groups

Then create the distribution group and add them

Create a Distribution Group:  http://www.techgrowingpains.com/2010/04/add-new-distribution-list-to-exchange-2007/
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Suliman Abu KharroubIT Consultant Commented:
I think it is better to create them in the server level, just in case if you need to apply come settings on them like forward a copy of emails to this contact "mail delivery options".
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lianne143Author Commented:
If I create as external contacts, this will appear in the GAL and list becomes quite big.
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Suliman Abu KharroubIT Consultant Commented:
You can choose where is will appear or not in GAL. there is a check box to select this option.
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lianne143Author Commented:
Will  it take more server  resources and load creating 50 external contacts on the server.
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Suliman Abu KharroubIT Consultant Commented:
No it will not...

BTW: check attached for the that setting
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lianne143Author Commented:
Thanks for the 1.png

Is there a easy way of creating the contacts on the server or do I have to manually create one by one.
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Personally I would outsource it.
Most of the bulk email services will allow a list of that size for free. Save the headaches of maintaining it, dealing with NDRs, blacklisting etc.

Simon.
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lianne143Author Commented:
Hi Simon

If you say outsource it , does it mean creating the mail group on the Outlook client.
Also not clear of : Most of the bulk email services will allow a list of that size for free.

Thanks
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Nothing to do with Outlook.
The list is created on the external service.

I know that MailChimp has a free tier for less than 2000 recipients.

Simon.
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