security group as distrubution group member

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by bskeddle, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. bskeddle

    bskeddle Guest

    I have created some security groups (based on department) and I added them
    (as members) to corresponding distribution groups (as there does not seem to
    be a way to set security groups to receive email).

    When I send messages to the distribution groups they don't go anywhere (no
    non-delivery errors either).

    What am I doing wrong!??!

    bskeddle, Jan 2, 2007
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  2. You probably have to mail-enable the security groups. (And at that point,
    you can send messages directly to the group, without adding it to a DL. Or,
    you can add it to the DL as you already have, but it'll work as expected).

    In AD Users and Computers, r-click the security group -> Properties. See if
    you have Exchange tabs (I'm guessing not). If not, r-click the group
    again -> Exchange Tasks. Follow the wizard to mail-enable the group.
    Dave Nickason [SBS MVP], Jan 2, 2007
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  3. bskeddle

    bskeddle Guest

    Thanks Dave,

    Any idea why you cant you mail-enable the security groups in SBS Server
    Management, and why adding the Security Groups to the Distribution Groups
    didn't work?

    Under SBS 2000; Distribution Groups could be added to Security Groups. That
    was changed under SBS 2003, therefore I reversed our setup, moving the users
    from the Distribution Groups to the Security Groups. I also reversed the
    Group nesting; putting the Security Groups in to the Distribution Groups.
    This DID NOT work as expected.

    I deleted the Distribution Groups and mail-enabled the Security Groups in AD
    Users and Computers (changing the alias to the name of the deleted
    Distribution Group) this IS working.

    Thanks Again!
    bskeddle, Jan 2, 2007
  4. Not sure why you can't mail enable in the Server Mgmt console, but there are
    several features of AD Users and Computers that are not available in the
    console. I'm actually more surprised that it let you add the
    non-mail-enabled security group to the Distribution Group.

    Anyway, I'm glad to hear it worked.
    Dave Nickason [SBS MVP], Jan 2, 2007
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