Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP3, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007
Topic Last Modified: 2007-08-02

Use the Recipient Configuration node for a variety of recipient management tasks. Specifically, you can view the recipients in your Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 organization, create new recipients, and manage existing mailboxes, mail contacts, mail users, and distribution groups.

The Recipient Configuration node contains the following sub-nodes:


Use the Mailbox node to manage mailbox users and resource mailboxes. Resource mailboxes include room and equipment mailboxes. You can create new mailboxes and remove, disable, or move existing mailboxes. You can also configure mailbox properties, enable and disable Unified Messaging (UM), and manage mobile devices. For more information, see Managing User Mailboxes.

Distribution Group

Use the Distribution Group node to manage mail-enabled distribution groups (which include security groups) and dynamic distribution groups. You can create new distribution groups, and remove, disable, or configure existing distribution groups. For more information, see Managing Distribution Groups.

Mail Contact

Use the Mail Contact node to manage mail contacts. You can create new mail contacts, and delete or configure existing mail contacts. For more information, see Managing Mail Contacts and Mail Users.

Disconnected Mailbox

Use the Disconnected Mailbox node to view and connect disabled mailboxes. Disconnected mailboxes are retained based on the configured mailbox database limits. You will see only the mailboxes that have been disconnected within the retention period that is specified for the mailbox database. For more information, see Understanding Disconnected Mailboxes.

Modifying Recipient Configuration

In addition to using the Recipient Configuration node to manage recipient tasks, you can modify the scope by which you view recipients and modify the maximum number of participants that you want to view in the recipient list.

Modify Recipient Scope

You can set the scope to include all recipients in the forest or limit it to all recipients in a specific organizational unit (OU). The recipient scope allows the administrators to focus on all recipients that are in a specific location in the Active Directory directory service. Selecting a more limited recipient scope also reduces the number of recipients that are returned, and consequently improves the performance of the Exchange Management Console. Click Modify Recipient Scope to open the Recipient Scope dialog box. You can use this dialog box to change the scope for the recipients.

For more information about modifying recipient scope, see How to Change the Recipient Scope.

Modify the Maximum Number of Participants to View

By default, a maximum of 1,000 recipients is displayed. Increasing this value can be beneficial in very large environments. However, increasing the value also increases the time it takes to display the results. Depending on the size of the organization, it may have a performance impact on the domain controller to which you are connected. For more information about modifying the number of recipients, see Managing Recipients.

For More Information

For more information, see the following topics: