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Mail-enabled security groups and distribution groups aren't displayed in the Office 365 portal


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Problem

You notice that the following aren't displayed in the Microsoft Office 365 portal:
  • Mail-enabled security groups that are synchronized from the on-premises environment
  • Distribution groups that were created in Microsoft Exchange Online
You can see only non-mail-enabled security groups in the administrative view of the Office 365 portal. This behavior occurs because the Office 365 portal doesn't display mail-enabled security groups or distribution groups.

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Solution

Distribution groups and security-enabled distribution groups (also known as mail-enabled security groups) can be viewed and managed only in Exchange Online. To do this, use Exchange Admin Center (if you have Office 365), Exchange Control Panel (if you have Office 365 pre-upgrade), or Exchange Online PowerShell.

Notes
  • Existing security groups can't be converted into distribution groups.
  • Existing distribution groups can't be converted into security groups.

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More information

To determine the kind of group, follow these steps:
  1. Connect to Windows Azure Active Directory (Windows Azure AD) by using the Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell. For more info about how to do this, go to the following Microsoft website:
  2. Run the following Windows PowerShell command:
    Get-MsolGroup | Select DisplayName, GroupType
    Here's an example of the output that's generated after you run the command:
    PS C:\Windows\system32> Connect-MsolService
    PS C:\Windows\system32> Get-MsolGroup | Select DisplayName, GroupType
     
    DisplayName                                             GroupType
    -----------                                             ---------
    A Mail Enabled Security Group           MailEnabledSecurity
    A Security Group                                    Security
    A Distribution List                                  DistributionList
The following table shows the visibility and management of different groups:
SecurityMailEnabledSecurityDistributionList
Visible in the Office 365 portal
X
-
-
Visible in Exchange Control Panel or Exchange Admin Center
-
X
X
Visible in Windows PowerShell (Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell)
X
X
X
Visible in Windows PowerShell (Exchange Online PowerShell)
-
X
X
Manage in the Office 365 portal
X
-
-
Manage in Exchange Control Panel or Exchange Admin Center
-
X
X
Manage in Windows PowerShell (Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell)
X
-
-
Manage in Windows PowerShell (Exchange Online PowerShell)
-
X
X

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References

Still need help? Go to the Office 365 Community website.

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Keywords: upgrade, o365, o365a, o365062011, o365e, o365022013, o365p, kbgraphxlink, o365m, after, pre-upgrade, KB2296357

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Article Info
Article ID : 2296357
Revision : 27
Created on : 5/16/2013
Published on : 5/16/2013
Exists online : False
Views : 53