Address book policies and Distribution Groups


I am running Exchange 2013 Standard and I have multiple Address Book Policies in place.
When I add a distribution group, I find no possibility to assign it to an address book policy for visibility to users, nor a way to assign the 15 user-defined values that can be set for mailbox objects, nor a way to assign a naming policy to set the email address.

How does this work?

Ralph ScharpingDigital TherapistAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Amit KumarCommented:
You cant assign a address book policy to a DL
Ralph ScharpingDigital TherapistAuthor Commented:
So they are always visible to everyone?
Amit KumarCommented:
you can differentiate Address book domain wise, but for same domain either you can hide for all or it will be visible for all.

In any case if you want to restrict that no one can send mail to specific DL but chosen members can send email to that DL the can be done by setting properties.

Set-DistributionGroup <DLName> -AcceptMessagesOnlyFrom "graig"
Big Business Goals? Which KPIs Will Help You

The most successful MSPs rely on metrics – known as key performance indicators (KPIs) – for making informed decisions that help their businesses thrive, rather than just survive. This eBook provides an overview of the most important KPIs used by top MSPs.

Ralph ScharpingDigital TherapistAuthor Commented:
By domainwise you mean accepted domain or DS-domain?
How do I do that?  That's what I am looking for.  My accepted domains match my Adress book policies.

AND:  How do I apply a naming policy?
Amit KumarCommented:
Domain wise means if you are running multiple domains in Exchange.

As per my understanding you have only one domain.

I did not get Name Policy??
Ralph ScharpingDigital TherapistAuthor Commented:
I have smtp-domains, and
Each has a number of users.
There are groups all1, all2 and all3.

I am using a German language installation, so my terminology might be off.

There is a naming policy that assigns address to all users who have "1" in customizable field 15.  Address book policy ARB_company1 is assigned to all users who have "1" in customizable field 15.

My aim is to have the group all1 assigned the address and be visible to all users who's primary smtp address is

Right now my groups all have the address name@defaultaccepteddomain and are visable to everyone.
Amit KumarCommented:
I would recommend follow this article for multi tenancy.

This will help you a lot, however article for 2010 but it will help you to understand the things then you can use same commands in Exchange 2013.

1. You will have to create e-mail address policy  segregating  domains.
2. You will have to create Address list, assuming you have separated users in OUs company wise or location wise.
3. You will have to create Offline address book accordingly
4. YOu will have to create address book policy
5. You will have to assign address book policy to respective users.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Ralph ScharpingDigital TherapistAuthor Commented:
The answer I was looking for was:

Assign the addressing policy on basis of OU containter, not on basis of user definable fields.

In my setup, distribution lists are not listed in the address books at all - probably because they are not a member of the GAL I created for the ABPs.  And they are not a member beacuse they do not have the user definable fields.
Not essential for me, but I haven't figured that out, yet.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.