Office 365: Dynamic Distribution Groups in Exchange Online

Published On November 16, 2015 | Office 365 & Cloud

With Exchange Online, it’s possible to create distribution groups where membership is dynamically defined by certain criteria, for example, users with mailboxes in a specific department, province or have a defined custom attribute.

Creating Contacts

To create a dynamic distribution group in Exchange Online;

  • Login to the Office 365 portal and go to the Admin app
  • Next, in the left hand menus, choose ADMIN > Exchange to take you to the Exchange admin center
  • Select recipients then contacts
  • Click the + button and select and Dynamic distribution group
    Next you have to choose whether you want the group’s membership to include Users with Exchange mailboxes, Mail users with external email addresses, Resource mailboxes etc.
    Finally, if required, you can choose to add a rule, which allows you to specify other criteria.
  • Once you’ve defined your criteria click Save

To add a custom attribute to a mailbox;

  • Select recipients then mailboxes
  • Next edit a mailbox by double-clicking the mailbox user’s name
  • At the bottom you’ll see a More options… link which will allow you to add custom attributes.

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GRAHAM WATKINSGraham Watkins is the CTO
of Auric Consulting, based in Cape Town.


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