What steps are required to make Office 365 Distribution Lists already synced in Azure from AD On Premise, manageable in the cloud ?

Alex 21 Reputation points

I would like to manage all our Distribution Lists in Azure, we have thousands already synced in Azure from Active Directory on premise but they are only manageable in AD on prem. Source = Windows Server AD.

I am looking for advice on what steps/best approach we should take that would allow us to manage these in Azure ?

Our hybrid setup was established approx. 2 years ago and it's quite frustrating, as we have half of our distribution lists manageable in the cloud, but the other half synced from AD on prem which we can view in Azure but memberships can't be modified.

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  1. Joyce Shen - MSFT 16,651 Reputation points

    Hi @Alex

    If your groups are synced from on-prem AD to cloud, then you need to manage them from on-perm only rather than in cloud.

    If you want to manage them from cloud/azure, you will need to recreate them in cloud and add members.
    Some script could help you meet this need: Migrate Distribution Groups from Exchange On-Premise to Exchange Online
    Please Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    And I will help you add the azure related tag in your post if you still need support from azure side, thanks for your understanding!

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