Distribution Groups - Office 365

Hi Experts,

We have an issue when members are trying to add them self to groups they receive the following error:

"Changes to the public group membership cannot be saved. You do not have sufficient permissions to perform this operation on this object."

We need all members in the list to be able to add/remove etc. Permissions to that DG has allowed this.

Microsoft said to create a new security group, add all members to this and add the group to Distribution Group Management. I did this, by doing this all users are able to add them selfs to closed and open groups.

Any help will be appreciated.


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how is the distribution group defined? is the group in question open that anyone can add themselves to it?
Did you add the security group you created to all DGs or just to the one you wanted .......

What about groups with moderators request to be added is sent to the moderator.
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
What you can try is find the group in Active Directory right click properties select the security tab, press the advance button select the group or user and provide the Full access right on this distribution group. Then try it again.

Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Use OWA to change permissions and see if that works better.  I think we had issues with this and OWA seemed to be the solution (for now).
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introluxAuthor Commented:
AD is not integrated (no federated services)
introluxAuthor Commented:
I have had to setup security groups:


Open has all the members in there and closed had few members in there. I set the relevant groups as owners of the distribution group and this resolved the issue.

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