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Exchange Distribution Lists

Last Updated: 09/23/2015


Exchange provides distribution list capability for Exchange customers. It does this through the use of Active Directory groups.


  • An email address can be assigned to an AD group then used as a mailing list.
  • Exchange distribution lists can be used for security permissions.
  • Exchange distribution lists can be used to invite groups to calendar events.
  • Group owner can subscribe or unsubscribe individual users.
  • Distribution list access is controlled by IdentiKey.

The table below compares Google Groups, Email List Manager and Exchange Distribution Lists features.

Feature Google Groups Email List Manager Distribution Lists
Mailing List Yes Yes Yes
Active Directory Access Control No No Yes
Owner/manager can subscribe or unsubscribe users Yes Yes Yes
User can subscribe/unsubscribe Optional Yes No
Moderated Optional Optional No
Daily digest capability Yes Optional No
Restricted to users with IdentiKeys No No Yes


Exchange distributions lists are provided as common-good services to the campus which means there is no direct cost to list owners or members of lists.

Who can get it

Faculty and staff with Exchange accounts.

How to get it

Send a message to with the following information.

  • The name and CU Login Name of a list owner (person to accept or decline invitations if necessary). The owner of the distribution list can add and remove members to the distrubtion list.
  • A descriptive name for the list. The format will be based on this format: [CampusDepartmentCode] - DL- [Display Name]. For example:

An OIT specialist will create the account and get in touch with you once it's created.