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Recipient Configuration > Distribution Group > Dynamic Distribution Group


Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP3, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP1

Topic Last Modified: 2007-08-22

A dynamic distribution group is a collection of mailbox users, other distribution groups, mail-enabled users, and mail-enabled contacts. Unlike regular distribution groups that contain a defined set of members, the membership list for dynamic distribution groups is calculated based on the filters and conditions that you define. When an e-mail message is sent to a dynamic distribution group, it is delivered to all recipients in the organization that match the criteria defined for that dynamic distribution group. To learn more about dynamic distribution groups, see Understanding Recipients.

For more information about creating and configuring dynamic distribution groups, see How to Create a New Dynamic Distribution Group.

When you select the Distribution Group node under Recipient Configuration, the result pane displays a list of all mail-enabled distribution groups in your Exchange Server 2007 organization. For more information about the Distribution Group node, see Recipient Configuration > Distribution Group.

To modify how dynamic distribution groups are displayed in Microsoft Management Console (MMC), click View in the action pane. For more information about view options, see How to Customize the Exchange Management Console.

When you select a dynamic distribution group in the result pane, the following actions are available either by right-clicking the dynamic distribution group name or by using the action pane.


Click Remove to permanently remove the dynamic distribution group from your Exchange 2007 organization and to delete it from the Active Directory directory service.


Click Properties to view or modify the settings for the selected dynamic distribution group.

If you select multiple distribution groups in the result pane, the Properties action is not displayed. Also, if your selection contains both mail-enabled distribution groups and dynamic distribution groups, the Remove action is also not displayed.

To learn more about dynamic distribution groups, see Understanding Recipients.

To learn more about managing mail contacts, see Managing Recipients.

To learn more about managing distribution groups, see Managing Distribution Groups.

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