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Distribution Lists

Exchange Distribution Lists Management

ADManager Plus is a web-based Exchange Management tool that makes it possible to create and manage Distribution Lists in multiple versions of Microsoft Exchange Server from a single window. Be it Exchange (Exchange 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016), or its messaging clients like MS Outlook, managing all the Distribution Groups is a crucial yet time consuming task for any administrator.

Unlike the native MS tools like Exchange Management Console (EMC) or Exchange Management Shell which is based on Windows PowerShell, this software, with its intuitive UI and mouse-clicks based actions, turns mass management of Exchange groups into a simple and short activity through its easy-to-use features like:

Bulk Distribution List Provisioning

Using 'create bulk groups', you can provision multiple new Distribution Groups in your Exchange environment along with all the required settings including Exchange settings, group membership (members and memberof), managed by, etc. To create new groups, all that you have to do is:

  • Create a CSV file with list of Distribution Groups to be created along with the required values for their attributes like group name, group scope, members, memberOf, container, email address, mail alias, etc.
  • 'Import' this file into the tool to create multiple new groups, at one go.

Moreover, using 'create single group' option you can 'quick create' Distribution groups even on a case by case basis. That is, if needed you can also create just one group and also configure all its attributes including Exchange attributes in a single action.

Manage Distribution Group Membership

This tool allows you to manage or modify the membership for any Distribution List by adding or removing members to the group as and when needed, with just UI based actions. Based on your requirement you can update the members list in any of the following ways:

Modify Distribution Group Members

You can use this to modify the list of members of any Distribution Group in your Exchange environment. After selecting the required group, you can add new members by selecting the required users from your Exchange setup. Alternatively, you can also specify the list of users to be added to this Distribution list through a CSV file. This feature also allows you to update other group attributes like memberOf, managed by and Exchange specific settings (mail alias, delivery settings, etc.) from the same window.

Modify Distribution Lists' Members using CSV

This allows you to add or remove members from multiple Distribution Lists in just a single process. To update the list of members in Distribution Groups,

  • Create a CSV file with the list of all groups to be modified along their group name and the list of users to be added to the groups.
  • Import this file into the tool to update the members list for all the groups specified in the file.

Bulk update and management of the list of users who belong to any particular Distribution Group(s) is now easier and quicker than ever.

Mass Re-provisioning of Distribution Groups

Updating or modifying Distribution Groups is turned into a script-free mouse clicks based process through this tool's 'Modify Groups using CSV' and 'Single Group Modification' features. Based on the attributes to be modified or based on the action to be performed, you can:

Modify Organization Attributes

Using this option, you can modify Distribution groups' organization attributes like Email, Group Description, MemberOf, and Managed By attributes. The highlight though is the ability to make changes to these attributes for multiple groups, in a single step.

Modify Exchange Attributes

This allows you to modify Exchange Mailbox specific attributes like mail alias, delivery restrictions - receiving message size limit, restrictions to 'accept messages' (from authenticated users, from everyone, etc.), for multiple Distribution groups, in one action.

Move Distribution Groups

Using this, moving multiple Distribution Lists or groups from one location (container) to another, in bulk, becomes a quick, effortless activity. Just select the groups to be moved or specify the required groups through a CSV file and select the new location, to move all the selected groups instantly. Moving groups is now as easy as that!

For all the above features, you can specify the groups to be modified using:

  • Search: This option is provided with every group modification feature. You can use this search to locate the required Distribution Group(s) from your Exchange environment. Or,
  • CSV Import: Just create a CSV file with the necessary group names along with the new values for the attributes to be updated or modified and import the file into the tool to modify all the specified groups at once.

Modify Distribution Groups using CSV

While the features introduced above allow you to modify a specific category of attributes of Distribution Lists, modifying groups via CSV import gives you the freedom to modify all the necessary attributes of Distribution groups in just one swift process.

To modify groups in mass, create a CSV file containing the names of Distribution groups along with the new values for all their attributes to be modified. Import this file into ADManager Plus to update the attributes with the new values specified in the file.

Bulk Distribution List De-provisioning

This tool empowers you to de-provision Distribution Groups in single or in bulk at just a click of your mouse button. You can locate the groups to be deleted using the built-in search option or specify the list of Distribution Lists to be deleted from your Exchange Server through a CSV file that can be imported into the tool.

Besides managing the Distribution Lists in multiple versions of Exchange Server, ADManager Plus also allows you to manage Distribution Groups as well as Users, Computers, Groups and Contact objects in your Windows Active Directory environment too, from the same window.

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