Mail-enabled security groups and distribution groups aren't displayed in the Office 365 portal in Office 365 pre-upgrade

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PROBLEM

You notice that the following aren't displayed in the Microsoft Office 365 portal in Microsoft Office 365 pre-upgrade:
  • Mail-enabled security groups that are synchronized from the on-premises environment
  • Distribution groups that were created in Microsoft Exchange Online
You can see only non-mail-enabled security groups in the administrative view of the Office 365 portal. This behavior occurs because the Office 365 portal doesn't display mail-enabled security groups or distribution groups.

SOLUTION

Distribution groups and security-enabled distribution groups (also known as mail-enabled security groups) can be viewed and managed only in Exchange Online. To do this, use Exchange Control Panel or Exchange Online PowerShell.

Notes
  • Existing security groups can't be converted into distribution groups.
  • Existing distribution groups can't be converted into security groups.

MORE INFORMATION

To determine the kind of group, follow these steps:
  1. Connect to Windows Azure Active Directory (Windows Azure AD) by using the Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell. For more info about how to do this, go to the following Microsoft website:
    Connect to Windows Azure AD Using Windows PowerShell
  2. Run the following Windows PowerShell command:
    Get-MsolGroup | Select DisplayName, GroupType
    Here's an example of the output that's generated after you run the command:
    PS C:\Windows\system32> Connect-MsolService
    PS C:\Windows\system32> Get-MsolGroup | Select DisplayName, GroupType
     
    DisplayName                                             GroupType
    -----------                                             ---------
    A Mail Enabled Security Group           MailEnabledSecurity
    A Security Group                                    Security
    A Distribution List                                  DistributionList
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    Screen shot of the command output
The following table shows the visibility and management of different groups:
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SecurityMailEnabledSecurityDistributionList
Visible in the Office 365 portal
X
-
-
Visible in Exchange Control Panel
-
X
X
Visible in Windows PowerShell (Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell)
X
X
X
Visible in Windows PowerShell (Exchange Online PowerShell)
-
X
X
Manage in the Office 365 portal
X
-
-
Manage in Exchange Control Panel
-
X
X
Manage in Windows PowerShell (Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell)
X
-
-
Manage in Windows PowerShell (Exchange Online PowerShell)
-
X
X

REFERENCES

Still need help? Go to the Office 365 Community website.

Properties

Article ID: 2296357 - Last Review: August 22, 2013 - Revision: 28.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Office 365 for enterprises (pre-upgrade)
  • Microsoft Office 365 for education  (pre-upgrade)
  • Microsoft Office 365 for small businesses  (pre-upgrade)
Keywords: 
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