Learn Exchange Server 2000: Creating Address Lists in Exchange 2000

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Posted Jun 24, 2002


by Michael Bell
www.2000trainers.com

In my last article, I had mentioned that we would be discussing Address Lists the next time that we talked. Let's go ahead and take a look at the default address lists created in Exchange 2000 and how to create new lists as well. The first thing that I want to cover is the default address lists that exist in Exchange 2000.



Michael Bell's latest article in the Learning Exchange Server 2000 in 15 Minutes a Week series takes a look at the default address lists created in Exchange 2000 and how to create new lists as well.




What I have done is opened the Exchange System Manager (ESM). I opened up Recipients and then All Address Lists. The first thing that I would note, and one of the things that most people immediately question, is why you can't see the actual addresses when you highlight one of the default address lists, like so:






This is by design. In Exchange 2000, unlike previous versions of Exchange, we are using LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) filters to create the address list. In order to see what addresses fall under a particular address list, you must right-click on the address list in question, and select properties. From the General tab, select the Preview button, and the addresses that display will be the appropriate addresses for the particular address list in question.









As you can see, the first screenshot is the actual LDAP filter that is used to define the recipients in question. In this case, I have selected the All Users address list. The point of my showing the LDAP filter is not to get into an in-depth discussion on LDAP, but rather to illustrate what an LDAP filter looks like. For more information on LDAP, you can look here. Also, RFCs #1777 and #1960 can give you a good jump on what LDAP is and how to use it in your network. Having said that, we have uncovered one of the mysteries of address lists in Exchange 2000!! If you have been working with Microsoft Windows 2000 for a while now, one of the things that you have probably realized is that there have been many changes to the interface. The same holds true for Exchange 2000, and address lists are a great example of how things have changed from previous versions of Exchange.

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