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Has the "Integration" Between Active Directory and Exchange 2013 Changed?

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I am familiar with using Server 2003 and Exchange 2003.  With those two pieces of software, once Exchange was installed I was then able to go into Active Directory Users & Computers and perform some general Exchange tasks such assigning E-mail addresses to a distribution list and so forth.

I am now working on Server 2012 and Exchange 2013 in a test environment.  Within Active Directory Users & Computers, when I select a distribution list properties I am no longer presented with any Exchange features.  If I create a Distribution List within AD Users & Computers, it does not show up within Exchange 2013 ECP under Recipients / Groups.  However, if I create the group within Exchange ECP it then appears in AD Users & Computers.  

It seems that I must now perform all tasks within Exchange ECP that are related to Exchange.  Is this a valid statement?  I just want to make sure that a I do in fact have this configured correctly.  Since I was able to perform some Exchange tasks within AD Users and Computers when I was running Server 2003 / Exchange 2003, I figured that I would be able to do the same in Server 2012 / Exchange 2013.
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Yes it has changed quite a bit lol.

Since most Exchange commands now go through Powershell or "Exchange Management Shell" even using the Management Console is only a GUI for shell commands anyway, you have to either perform it on the exchange server or install the EMC on your computer to remotely connect and administer exchange.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb232090%28v=exchg.150%29.aspx
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by:Vaseem Mohammed
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Exchange 2013 has EAC web based GUI, which is accessed using the URL https://ExchangeServer/ecp
EMC is for Exchange 2010.
All Exchange 2013 related tasks should be performed from EAC, including creating Distribution group or Dynamic Distribution Group.
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by:Joshua Grantom
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you can also use the 2013 Management Tools if you do not prefer a web-GUI
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by:csimmons1324
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I have already created all of my security groups within AD.  Is it possible to mail enable these security groups that have been created in AD?
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by:Joshua Grantom
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You need to run this in Exchange Management Powershell

Enable-DistributionGroup "Name of Group"

that should do it.

If you want you can do a list

$groups = Get-Content "C:\Pathtogrouplist.txt"
foreach ($group in $groups)
{
Enable-DistributionGroup "$group"
}

grouplist.txt should be one group name per line
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I would also make sure that the security groups are universal groups, this is another requirement in order for them to be mail enabled.
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"you can also use the 2013 Management Tools if you do not prefer a web-GUI "

What management tools are those then? No such thing for Exchange 2013 - it is web based tool or EMS only.

This split management system isn't new to Exchange 2013, it has been in place since Exchange 2007.

Simon.
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