Dynamic distribution lists


I want to create a dynamic distribution list that is not quite standard.

So most of my lists are like

-recipientfilter {office -like "*admin*"}

but I want one that looks at the manage field rather than the direct user, SO for example we have a larger number of staff with in the operations "team" which included HR, IT Finance ect.


USER, Department, manager

jo          development         Tess
james        development        Andrew
john         operations         Mary

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my get-aduser filter would be

get-aduser -filter {department -eq development} | select manager

which would return the managers not the users them selves


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is there any way I can use the same kind of filter in a dynamic distribution list?
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Aaron StreetTechnical Infrastructure Architecture and Global Network ManagerAsked:
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Jamie McKillopIT ManagerCommented:

Dynamic distribution groups work based on a recipient filter. You can't add advanced logic to the filter. The filter can only look values on filterable properties that match or don't match values you specify in the filter.

To do what you want, I suggest an alternative method that I frequently use. Create a powershell script, similar to what you have above, to return the users you want in the DL. Create a non-dynamic DL and have the script update the membership, based on the users that are returned. You can then setup task scheduler to run the script on whatever schedule you want to update the DL.


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Aaron StreetTechnical Infrastructure Architecture and Global Network ManagerAuthor Commented:
loks like the way to go :)
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