A distribution group provides a convenient mechanism to start communicating with multiple contacts. With Office Communicator 2007, you can find and add existing distribution groups from the Microsoft Active Directory Domain Service.
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Find and add a distribution group
In the Search box, type the display name or e-mail address of a distribution group. By default, Communicator lists all matching users and groups from the Microsoft Active Directory Domain Service.
In the Search Results box, drag the distribution group name into the Communicator Contact List. You cannot drag a distribution group into an existing group.
What happens when you add a distribution group to your Contact List?
When you add a distribution group containing people in your company to your Communicator Contact List, each contact in the group is granted the Company access level by default. Contacts outside your company are granted the Public access level by default. Access levels let you control the amount and type of Presence information that is available to others. For more information about access levels, see Presence FAQ - Communicator.
Note: If a distribution group in your Contact List has been removed from Active Directory, you will not be able to expand the group after eight hours from the time of deletion. The distribution group, however, will still be available in the Office Communicator Search feature for up to 24 hours after its time of deletion.