Recently I got a call on recovering a distribution group. Now the question came in my mind is why to recover a distribution group? It has no data in it. Since it was clients requirement I have to get it back. While working I found it was a disabled group and my client was searching the DL in disconnected mailbox in EMC. Well I informed them it is not available in the Disconnected Mailbox Container. Here is the brief explanation for the steps on how to get the DL back.
Note : The same steps applies to Exchange Server 2007, Exchange Server 2010 and Exchange Server 2013
Figure 2: Disabling the Group
In figure 2 by disabling a distribution group it will remove Exchange Properties (Attributes) however the Group will still reside in Active Directory Users and Computers. The Group will never be deleted and it will remain as mail disabled.
Figure 3: Removing the Group
In figure 3 by removing a distribution group it will remove the Windows Group object. Be careful while removing the object. Accidentally removed objects can be recovered by following this article.
In this article we will disable the group.
Now that we have the group. There are two ways to get the group back.
1, Using Powershell
2, Using EMC
Lets see both options.
In the wizard select existing group.
I hope it was helpful