How to create a distribution list (distribution group) in Exchange Server 2003

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This article describes how to create a distribution list in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Exchange 2003 uses the Active Directory directory service to manage users and groups. In Active Directory, distribution lists are referred to as distribution groups.

How to create a distribution list (distribution group)

To create a distribution list (distribution group):
  1. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.
  2. Expand DomainName.
  3. Right-click Users, point to New, and then click Group.
  4. In the Group name box, type a name for the group.

    By default, the name that you type in the Group name box is also used in the Group name (pre-Windows 2000) box.
  5. Under Group scope, specify the group scope that you want.
  6. Under Group type, click Distribution, and then click Next.
  7. Click to select the Create an Exchange e-mail address check box, specify the alias that you want in the Alias box, specify the administrative group that you want in the Associated Administrative Group box, and then click Next.

    Note You can only choose the administrative group where you want to create the distribution group if you are in mixed mode in Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server and in Exchange 2003.
  8. Click Finish.
  9. To add members to the group, double-click the distribution group that you created, click the Members tab, and then click Add.
  10. Click the users or groups that you want to add, click Add, click OK, and then click OK.


For more information about Exchange 2003, visit the following Microsoft Web site:


Article ID: 821904 - Last Review: October 25, 2007 - Revision: 3.4
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition
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