Problem Statement:

Learn how to create a Distribution Group for sending email notifications to a group of people in Exchange Admin Center, PowerShell, or CoreView.


Distribution groups are useful for sending email notifications to a specific group of people. They can also receive external email if enabled by the administrator. It's best to use distribution groups when you need to broadcast information to a set group of people, like "Building A Employees" or "Contoso Team."

Distribution groups can be upgraded to Microsoft 365 Groups., but Microsoft 365 Groups cannot be members of distribution groups. Distribution groups can be added to Teams, but only its members will be added, not the group itself. To learn more about Distribution Groups kindly refer MSDN article Distribution Groups

To create a distribution group, you can follow these steps:

1. Exchange Admin Center:

  • Fill in all the necessary information
  • Enable external email if desired under Settings.

2. PowerShell

Use the New-DistributionGroup cmdlet to create distribution groups 



# Below example creates a distribution group named ITDepartment and specifies the members.

New-DistributionGroup -Name "ITDepartment" -Members,,,

To learn more kindly refer New-DistributionGroup

3. CoreView

  • Using CorevIew is the easiest way to create and manage groups.
  • Go to CoreView portal
  • Under Actions, click on Management Actions and select Distribution Group, then choose 'Create distribution group'

  • You will be presented with New Distribution Group Creation Page.

  • Fill in all the necessary information (Alias field should not have any spaces).

Using CoreView you can also restrict who can send messages to the group. Only specified senders will be able to send to the group and mail sent by anyone else will be rejected. (refer screenshot below)

  • Submit the form to complete the creation process.

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