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Exchange 2013: Creating a Distribution Group

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In this video we show how to create a Distribution Group in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center.

Video Steps

1. Log into Exchange Admin Center.

First we need to log into the Exchange Admin Center.

2. Navigate to the Recipients >> Groups tab.

Then to create a Distribution Group we need to navigate to the "Recipients" tab on the left hand side. Which we are on by default. Then we need to click on the "Groups" tab along the top.

3. Click the + "New" button.

To create a new mailbox we need to click on the + "New" button. From the drop down select "Distribution Group".

4. Specify a display name, alias and description.

Specify a display name, alias and description. Depending on your Email Address Policy settings, what you enter in the alias field could become the distribution groups email address. See our video on Email Address Policies. For the description field, I typically specify the purpose of the group.

5. Pick the OU location for the distribution group.

Be sure to click the "Browse" button on the "Organizational Unit" field to specify where in Active Directory the group will be placed. Otherwise the account will be placed in the Users OU in the root of the domain.

6. Specify the owner, whether the owner is also a member, and the members of the group.

Specify the owner of the group. The owner of the group can add and remove members from the group. The user designated as the owner can manage the group from Outlook Web App. If you don't want the owner of the group to be included in the groups emails, uncheck "Add group owners as members" check-box.  Then, in the box below, add members to the distribution group using the plus "+" button

7. Specify the join and leave options for the group.

Specify the join and leave options for the group. The traditional approach for groups was closed for both join and leave requests. Under "Closed", only the group owner or an administrator can add or remove members from the group. Through "Open" anyone can join or leave the group at will. And through "Owner Approval" join requests are managed by the owner of the group.

8. Click Save.

Click the "Save" button to create the group.

9. To add members, select the group and select the Edit button (pencil icon).

To add members, select the group and select the Edit button (pencil icon). Then click the "Membership" tab. Add or remove the members as needed and click "Save". Additionally, the user designated as the owner can manage the group from Outlook Web App.

10. To delete the group, select the group and click the Delete button (trashcan icon).

To delete the group, select the group and click the Delete button (trashcan icon). Click "Yes" to confirm.
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