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Exchange 2016 Distribution Groups

There are two types of the Groups in Exchange server 2016 as below

  • Mail-Enabled Distribution Group: the standard type of Groups.
  • Mail-Enabled Security Group: the group that has SID and can assigned to security permissions.
  • Dynamic Distribution Group: the distribution group with membership based on AD query.

How to Create Groups

Mail-Enabled Distribution/Security Group:

Open EAC > Recipients > groups > Add > Distribution/security group


Then fill the required fields:

  • Display name
  • Alias
  • Organization unit
  • Owners
  • Members


And using PowerShell using the command “New-DistributionGroup” as below example:

New-DistributionGroup -Name “Managers” -OrganizationalUnit “tala.local/Users” -SamAccountName “Managers” -Type “Security”

Type paramter can be “Security or Distribution”


Dynamic Distribution Group:

Open EAC > Recipients > groups > Add > Distribution/security group


Then fill the required fields:

  • Display name
  • Alias
  • Organization unit
  • Owner
  • Members:

    Type of Members.

    Rule that manage Membership: for example department, state or custom attribute


Distribution/Security/Dynamic Groups Options:

The options that can be edited after creation as below:

  • General:
    • Display Name
    • Alias
    • Notes
    • Hide from GAL


  • Ownership
  • Membership
  • Membership Approval
  • Delivery Management:

    Define the type of sender that can send to the group: Internal or Internal and external


  • Message Approval

    Define the moderator to approve messages sent to the group


  • Email Option: add email address
  • MailTip
  • Group delegation: assign send as and send on behalf permission.

Ratish Nair

Microsoft MVP | Office Servers and Services

Team @MSExchangeGuru



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