Distribution Group Reports

Distribution groups in Active Directory are another type of group used to manage collections of users, computers, or other groups. Unlike security groups, which are primarily used for controlling access and permissions, distribution groups are primarily used for email distribution. They allow you to send emails to multiple recipients at once, making them useful for distributing messages, announcements, and other communications to specific sets of users.

When an email is sent to a distribution group, the email server (such as Microsoft Exchange) expands the group and delivers the message to each member of the group. Members of distribution groups do not have any inherent security permissions or access rights, as their primary purpose is to simplify the process of sending emails to a predefined set of recipients.

It's worth noting that some distribution groups can be configured to receive emails from external senders, while others may only accept messages from internal senders within the organization. This can be useful for managing communication and controlling email flow.

In summary, distribution groups in Active Directory are designed to streamline email distribution by allowing users to address messages to a single group, which is then automatically sent to all members of that group. They are essential for simplifying communication and efficiently disseminating information within an organization. The reports available in this section include:

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All Distribution Groups Report

The report titled "All Distribution Groups" provides a comprehensive list of all distribution groups present in the domain, encompassing local, global, and universal groups.
Select Domain > Groups tab > Distribution Groups

AD Reports All Distribution Groups Report

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Local Distribution Groups Report

"Local Distribution Groups" typically refers to distribution groups that are specific to a local email server or messaging system within an organization. These groups are created and managed locally on the email server, and their scope is limited to that particular server or email system.
Select Domain > Groups tab > Local Distribution Groups

AD Reports Local Distribution Groups Report

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Global Distribution Groups Report

"Global Distribution Groups" are a type of group that is used for email distribution across an entire domain or within multiple domains in a Windows network.
Select Domain > Groups tab > Global Distribution Groups

AD Reports Global Distribution Groups Report

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Universal Distribution Groups Report

"Universal Distribution Groups" are a type of group used for email distribution across multiple domains within a Windows forest. These groups are created and managed within Active Directory and are designed to simplify the process of sending emails to a specific set of recipients who belong to different domains.
Select Domain > Groups tab > Universal Distribution Groups

AD Reports Universal Distribution Groups Report

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Empty Distribution Groups Report

The report titled "Empty Distribution Groups" provides a list of distribution groups that do not have any members.
Select Domain > Groups tab > Empty Distribution Groups

AD Reports Empty Distribution Groups Report

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