Exchange 2010 - Distribution Groups RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have an interesting issue.  I have a workaround, but not exactly sure why it works or if I should use it.

    We moved from Exchange 2003 to 2010 last year.  Obviously we had distribution groups, both Global and Universal in 2003.  I found that Universal groups can be added to Exchange 2010 Distribution groups list when seached by the EMC.  Global groups are not found when searched.  This also happens when searching with PowerShell for Exchange.  It finds only old Global Distribution Groups created in 2003, but not newly created Global Distribution groups.

    If I change a Global group to a Universal group in AD, they are immediately found in Exchange Distribution group searches, and can be added.

    As a test, I created a test Universal group, searched for it in the EMC and it was found.  Created a Global distribution group, but it is not found.

    Creating a Distribtion Group in 2010 EMC does not ask for Global or Universal membership.  So, this must be by design, correct?  Should all groups created in AD be Universal from now on?

    Any ideas ot thoughts on this?



    Thursday, May 9, 2013 2:44 PM


  • Hi Vince,

    Please see if the article below answers it:

    Mail-enabled non-universal group
    A mail-enabled Active Directory global or local group object. Mail-enabled non-universal groups were discontinued in Exchange Server 2007 and can exist only if they were migrated from Exchange 2003 or earlier versions of Exchange. You can't use Exchange 2010 to create non-universal distribution groups


    • Proposed as answer by Terence Yu Friday, May 10, 2013 6:23 AM
    • Marked as answer by Zi FengModerator Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1:42 AM
    Friday, May 10, 2013 3:20 AM