As you can see, I have been successful in my endeavor. Next up will be a contact. A contact is simply a pointer to an external mail system. The user has neither a Windows 2000 account, nor an Exchange 2000 account. We simply include their e-mail address in our address list so that our internal users can locate their information more easily. Creating a contact is a fairly straightforward process, so rather than spending a lot of time showing you graphics, I will simply step you through the process. The first thing that you will need to do is right-click on the container where you would like to create the contact object. Provide the First, Middle, and Last Name, as well as the Display name, and select Next.
On the next screen, you will be prompted to create an Exchange e-mail address. Select the Modify button, and select the type of Address, and then click on OK. Type in the new Address, click OK, click Next, and finally Finish, and you will have successfully created your new contact. One other point I would like to make here. You might have noticed that my Contacts are not displaying in the same format as my mail-enabled and mailbox-enabled users under ADUC. That is because they are a different object type, and that would require me going into the ADSIEdit utility and modifying the default properties for the createDialog the same as I did for the user object. If you are not certain on how to do that, look in the Exchange newsgroup for the post titled, “Global Address Book” from 4/02/02.
The last item that we are going to discuss in this article is mail-enabled Groups. We no longer will be dealing with distribution lists like we did in Exchange 5.5; what we have in Exchange 2000 is the ability to mail-enable a Security Group or a Distribution Group. Once you mail-enable a group, it will appear in the GAL, and it can receive messages like any other recipient in Exchange. A message sent to a mail-enabled group will be received by all members of that group that have e-mail addresses configured. The process for creating a mail-enabled group is fairly straightforward. You simply create a group like normal, and when it prompts you if you want to create an Exchange address for the group, check the box.
We are going to go ahead and call it a day on that note. We aren’t done talking about our recipients yet, not by a long shot. Next week, we will finish up by discussing the Exchange Task Wizard in a little more detail. We will look at the property sheets on our recipient objects, and we will take a look at a bulk import utility that can make your job of creating Exchange mailboxes much easier. Until then, cya!