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Microsoft Exchange Server PowerShell Essentials

By : Biswanath Banerjee
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Microsoft Exchange Server PowerShell Essentials

By: Biswanath Banerjee

Overview of this book

PowerShell has become one of the most important skills in an Exchange administrator's armory. PowerShell has proved its mettle so widely that, if you're not already starting to learn PowerShell, then you're falling behind the industry. It isn't difficult to learn PowerShell at all. In fact, if you've ever run commands from a CMD prompt, then you'll be able to start using PowerShell straightaway. This book will walk you through the essentials of PowerShell in Microsoft Exchange Server and make sure you understand its nitty gritty effectively. You will first walk through the core concepts of PowerShell and their applications. This book discusses ways to automate tasks and activities that are performed by Exchange administrators and that otherwise take a lot of manual effort. Microsoft Exchange PowerShell Essentials will provide all the required details for Active Directory, System, and Exchange administrators to help them understand Windows PowerShell and build the required scripts to manage the Exchange Infrastructure.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Microsoft Exchange Server PowerShell Essentials
Credits
About the Author
About the Reviewer
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

Introducing distribution groups


The concept of group is not new to Active Directory administrators. Groups are a collection of user and computer accounts and other nested groups. Groups help us to make maintenance and administration easier.

From an Exchange administration perspective, these are the two groups that administrators have to deal with:

  • Distribution groups: These groups can be used with applications that deal with e-mails to send it to a collection of users. To be specific, these are referred as mail-enabled universal distribution groups or simply distribution groups.

  • Security groups: These groups are used to grant access permissions to resources in Active directory. These groups can also be mail enabled and used to distribute messages.

It is important to understand the difference between security and distribution groups. A distribution group does not have a security principal, which means it cannot be used to assign permissions to resources. It can only be used to send messages to...