"Changes to the distribution list membership cannot be saved" error message when you try to remove members from an Exchange Server 2010 distribution list

Symptoms

In the role of a Distribution Group owner on a Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 server, you try to remove members from a distribution list that you own. When you try to remove some of these members in Office Outlook by using the Distribution List Membership tool, you receive the following error message:

Changes to the distribution list membership cannot be saved. You do not have sufficient permission to perform this operation on this object.

Cause

This issue occurs when you try to delete distribution list members who no longer have mailboxes, but are still present in AD DS as disabled accounts. These members cannot be removed from a distribution list by using the Distribution List Membership tool in Outlook. These members are only visible to the owner of a distribution list when the membership list is viewed.

Resolution

To resolve this issue, follow these steps:
  1. Click
    Startstart button
    , point to
    All Programs
    , point to
    Exchange Server 2010
    , and then click
    Exchange Management Shell
    .
  2. At the command prompt, run the following cmdlet:
    New-RoleGroup DistributionGroupManagement -Roles "Distribution Groups"
  3. At the command prompt, run the following cmdlet:
    Add-RoleGroupMember DistributionGroupManagement -Member UserName
  4. Open Outlook and try to remove from your distribution list those members that you could not remove before.
Properties

Article ID: 982349 - Last Review: Sep 10, 2011 - Revision: 1

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Coexistence, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Enterprise, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Standard

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