Convert generic mailbox to dynamic DL in Exchange 2003

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Automation
DDL
Dynamic Distribution Groups
Exchange 2003
Exchange 2003 SP2
All of our ~150 remote offices use a generic mailbox in addition to the local staff mailboxes. Due to a conflict with our new single sign-on product, the site staff are unable to access the generic mailbox. So we are creating a dedicated dynamic distribution list for each office, and the generic mail will be sent to that DDL. 

That DDL needs to contain all the SMTP addresses previously contained in the generic mailbox, as well as the e-mail addresses for all other mailboxes in the same OU as the generic mailbox was located. I'm hoping to find ideas on how to automate this process. The old generic mailboxes will get exported to a PST and then deleted.

Thanks!



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Exchange 2003 SP2

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  • JimM69
    Do be moer specific, this is what we're looking to do: 1. Rename generic account to remove the 4-digit numeric suffix. Some accounts are missing this suffix. I.e., change from "Detroit 3000" to "Detroit". If missing the suffix may need to fail the script until the account is manually renamed to include the correct suffix. 2. Disable the account & note the current OU location 3. Move the account to a custom OU which we've already created 4. Export the primary & proxy e-mail addresses configured on the generic account and save them so they can be imported into the DDL later. Then either clear or rename these addresses from the generic mailbox so they can be added to the new DDL without causing duplicate address errors. 5. Export the mailbox contents to a PST 6. Create a new DDL, name is same as the renamed generic account with the property number suffix, ie., "Detroit 3000" 7. Add in the primary & proxy e-mail addresses exported above 8. The membership of the DDL should be all objects in the original generic OU location stored above 9. If no errors, remove the mailbox from the generic account, but do not delete the generic account. 10. Done.
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