Dynamic Distribution Groups in a Hybrid Office 365 Deployment

Happy new year everyone !

I’ve been very busy lately lots of work, especially with Office 365 Hybrid deployments, Office 365 is really a growing demand and presents new technical perspectives which comes down to know knowledge 🙂

Well yeah I am a geek that likes to keep learning new stuff…

Long story short, you have deployed your Hybrid Office 365 topology to your current Exchange 2003, 2007 or 2010 organization and now you move a mailbox enabled user to the cloud (25 GB mailboxes rocks) , everyone is happy, then the CEO sends a “Happy New Year” email to “All Company” DL and for some reason the user which was moved to the cloud did not receive that memo….

So what happened ?

Most “All Company” distribution lists are Dynamic Distribution Groups AKA Query Based Distribution Group , and as such they have a LDAP filter which populates the members auto-magically – most members are Users with Exchange Mailbox, but when you move a user mailbox to Office 365 the original user was transformed to Mail-Enabled user – With an external address !

Yeah, you will need to modify those groups now to have “Users with External e-mail addresses” also checked 🙂

Enable Users With External E-Mail Addesses

Problem solved – Happy new year !


6 thoughts on “Dynamic Distribution Groups in a Hybrid Office 365 Deployment”

  1. Dear Lanz,

    Even though after doing the above changes, some of the office365 users are not getting email.

    FYI: We have deployed hybrid setup with exchange 2010 sp3. everything is working fyn apart from the above mentioned.

    1. Hi, what do you mean by some?
      can you notice any differences between the recipients that are not included from the ones who are?
      Typically I would go for the exchange recipient type and type details attribute values.


  2. Nice tip – I had to recreate my Dynamic distribution groups though as its a 2003 upgraded to 2010 environment and they did not have the option to select “Include these recipient types:” until recreated.

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