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distribution lists? mailing lists not in a AD user?? help

Discussion in 'Exchange Exams' started by itdaddy, Dec 12, 2006.

  1. itdaddy

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    H:eek: ey MX gurus!

    i want to have a mailing list group that the members are not
    in Active Directory. I want to import all their email addresses
    say via XLS or CVT documents. I am talking thousands.
    Like say 3000 emails' is this possible to put all in one group name
    and able to use to email people??

    Thanks
    I know how to make groups but not sure how to handle groups not
    in our domain; these are out customer base? thanks guys
     
  2. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    Outlook can import address lists in various formats. Click on File-Import and Export- and import from another program or file, then select the type. I think then it asks you where you want to put the imported file ie contacts and then off you go. This will be only available to you and not globally in the Exchange site.
     
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  3. itdaddy

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    thanks you so much AJ for your help!
    :cheers
     
  4. Phoenix
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    You would need to import the items as contacts into AD then formulate the DL out of those contacts (as opposed to full Users)
     
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  5. itdaddy

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    phoenix
    it asked for a named data range
    what is that?
    I have a unix system that can create cvs or xls files
    with each email and their respect name but that is it.
    it asks for a named range what is that?
    thanks

    do you know of any 3rd party freeware that can create DL?
    if i am too stupid to figure out named ranges?
    thanks:eek:
     
  6. Phoenix
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  7. itdaddy

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    thanks phoenix
    i saw this tool but i do not want to add 3000 accounts
    to our AD database; would not be good..
    i forgot to tell you it is an address list or distribution list
    of about 3000 members that i am extracting from a unix
    database with a query language into a csv or xls file
    i could do text as well. but cant find a tool that groups
    them into a name for Outlook 2003 to use.
    you would think this would be common to add emails to a list
    under one name and blast emails out to this group?
    why is this so hard??:rolleyes:
     
  8. hbroomhall

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    Well - it is fairly easy on Unix - the standard list manager software used is called MajorDomo.

    But I suspect that doesn't help you much. :ohmy

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  9. AJ

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    I think you have 2 replies (mine and Phoenix's) that are telling you different ways of doing this. My way was to import the list of addresses and add them to your contacts. You can then make a new distribution list within youir contacts with all these addresses in and then send mail to the distribution list. This method would only be available to people who had access to the mailbox that the list is in. You could then once made export the list to other people so they could send mail to it. This way is a bit messy as it means either one person uses it or you could have more than one version of the list in circulation.

    Phoenix's way means that more than one person can mail the contact list and only one version is ever seen.
     
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  10. Phoenix
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    AJ is correct
    my method is how the majority of sites would maintain DLs for non domain members, Contacts can be sorted into OUs and containers just like Users, and 3000 contacts is not as much as it seems as far as AD is concerned

    The outlook way would limit that list just to the person whos outlook you imported it to

    there are numerous list servers that can run on a windows platform though which will work similar to how majordomo does

    obviously whichever way achieves your goal is the best, if this is only for you to send mail to then the outlook way may be sufficient :)
     
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  11. itdaddy

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    thanks Phoenix and AJ
    yeah, i used the import csv into contacts list locally
    to that user only; my bosss only needs to email members.

    i like both ways, nice to have many known ways of doing things.

    thank you both; and you guys are riot with that
    funny birthday smutty phrase thing; gosh is that freaking funny
    you guys know how to work hard and play hard!

    thanks again!
    "this forum rocks; cause you dudes do!":D
     

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