Applies to: Exchange Server 2007
Topic Last Modified: 2007-06-12

Use the Advanced tab to view or change the advanced distribution group settings, such as the expansion server and delivery report options.

The following advanced settings are available for distribution groups.

Simple display name
  • Use this text box to view or modify the simple display name for the distribution group.

  • In Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, the Display Name field can contain Unicode characters. Third-party applications and older clients may not support Unicode characters. If the system that is displaying the recipient properties does not support Unicode characters, the simple display name can be used. For more information about Unicode characters, see Unicode.

  • The simple display name field accepts only ASCII characters.

Expansion server
  • For each message that is sent to a distribution group, Exchange must access the full membership list to route the message to all recipients. This process is known as distribution group expansion.

  • Use this list to select a Hub Transport server in your Exchange organization that will be responsible for expanding the membership list for this distribution group. Select Any server in the organization to allow the distribution group membership list to be expanded on any server.

  • Expansion of very large distribution groups is a resource intensive process. If it occurs on a production server, it may impact mail flow. To avoid any production impact, you may want to specify expansion servers for very large distribution groups

    If you select a specific server in your organization as the expansion server, the distribution group usage becomes dependent on the availability of the expansion server. If the expansion server is unavailable, any messages that are sent to the distribution group cannot be delivered. If you plan to use specific expansion servers for your distribution groups, to minimize the risk of service interruption, you should consider implementing high availability solutions for these servers. To learn more about high availability, see High Availability Strategies.
Hide group from Exchange address lists
  • Select this check box to prevent the distribution group from appearing in Exchange address lists.

    After selecting this check box, users in your Exchange organization can still send messages to the distribution group by using its e-mail address.
Send out-of-office message to originator
  • Select this check box to allow Out of Office messages from group members to be sent to the message sender.

  • If this check box is selected, users who send messages to the distribution group will receive Out of Office replies from any member that has an Out of Office rule turned on.

  • Clear this check box to prevent Out of Office replies from distribution group members to be sent to the message sender.

  • By default, this check box is not selected.

    To prevent Out of Office replies that do not have any value to the sender, we recommend that you clear this check box for large distribution groups. For example, if a user sends a message to a distribution group that contains all employees in a company, their Inbox may get overwhelmed by the number of Out of Office replies. As a best practice, select this check box only for small and specific distribution groups where Out of Office replies would be relevant to the message originator. For example, you may want to select this check box for a distribution group that represents a manager's direct reports.
Delivery reports options
  • You can determine how non-delivery reports (NDRs) are handled for a distribution group. Select one of the following options.

    • Send delivery reports to group manager   Select this option to send an NDR to only the distribution group manager.

    • Send delivery reports to message originator   Select this option to send an NDR to the message sender.

    • Do not send delivery reports   Select this option to prevent the sending of NDRs.

For More Information

For more information about managing distribution groups, see Managing Distribution Groups.