How to create a Distribution Group at the McAfee Control Console

  • Synopsis

    This guide will show you how to create a distribution group at the McAfee Control Console.
  • Applicable to

    All Exchange accounts with McAfee SaaS Email Protection service enabled.
  • Prerequisite

    • An Exchange account with McAfee anti-spam/anti-virus service enabled.

  • Important: At the McAfee Control Console there are two types of Distribution Lists. Distribution lists of the first type, are the accounts for Exchange Distribution Groups. Distribution groups can be created via 2 methods – Individually and via Batch file upload. The first method is usually used if you want to create one or several distribution groups, and want to assign passwords for this accounts. The second one is used when you have a list of distribution groups and want to create them all at once. Please see how to do this below.

    The second type, Distribution Lists created at the Account Management-Customers tab at the Control Console, is used for sending out email notifications about policy violations and Performance Reports to users added to this list. Members in Distribution Lists of this type can be any valid, fully qualified email address. They do not have to reside as Users in the Control Console, and do not need to be associated to the customer’s domain.

    To create Distribution Lists of the second type, please see the following guide: How to activate Performance Reports at the McAfee Control Console.

  • How to

    Method 1 - Create each distribution group individually:

  1. Sign in to the McAfee Control Console as Customer Administrator. (https://plexhosted.portal.mcafeesaas.com).
  2. Navigate to the Account Management - Users tab.
  3. Click the New button on the users toolbar.
  4. Leave the creation mode as is. It is Individual by default.
  5. In the email address field enter the email address of a distribution group. Once you input the Email Address, select the primary domain in which this group will reside. The domains display in a drop list only if you have more than one Primary Domain.
  6. Select User in the Role field and then select Distribution List in the Type field.
  7. Specify a password for this Distribution list (This step is optional).
  8. Populate or select any other optional fields
  9. Click Save.

Method 2 - Create distribution groups via batch file upload:

  1. Prepeare a .txt or .csv file with list of distribution groups to be created. The size of this file must be not more than 100Kb. The Batch file must be in the following format:
    Fully qualified email address, followed by a comma, username (in the domain\username format), followed by a comma, fully qualified alias

    If you do not want to specify username or this group doesn’t have an alias the list will look like:
    Fully qualified email address, , fully qualified alias
    or
    Fully qualified email address, ,
  2. Sign in to the McAfee Control Console as Customer Administrator. (https://plexhosted.portal.mcafeesaas.com).
  3. Navigate to the Account Management - Users tab.
  4. Click the New button on the users toolbar.
  5. Change the Creation Mode to Batch.
  6. Click Browse, and locate the .txt or .csv file containing distribution groups.
  7. Click Upload
  8. Select Distribution List in the Type field.
  9. Specify any other optional fields.
  10. Click Save.
  11. Note:When you create groups via Batch file upload, you cannot assign passwords to this accounts. You can use the following guide to create a password for distribution group account: How to sign in to the McAfee Control Console.

If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the PlexHosted support staff.

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Exchange 2010, McAfee SaaS Email Protection, anti-spam\anti-virus, Control Console, distribution group, create, tutorials
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