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Send email to all users of a sharepoint group

Posted in Sharepoint by Abhishek Bhowmick on October 28, 2008

Follow the below mentioned steps to work this out:

• Create an Organization Unit (OU) in the Active Directory (AD) and delegate Full Control rights to Sharepoint Service Account (Central Administration Application Pool Account)

• Configure Incoming Email Settings to use Sharepoint Directory Management Service to create Distribution Groups and Contacts to the Active Directory container (OU)

• Mention the SMTP server name select all the options for Distribution Group Request Approval Settings

• On the Sharepoint Site create a new group with Full Control permission

• Create an Email Distribution Group (type in an email address) for this group

• In Central Administration > Operations > Approve/Reject Distribution Groups, approve the Distribution Group to be created in the OU

• Check the OU in the AD and you will find the Distribution List successfully created with the email address (Microsoft Exchange stamps this email address to this Distribution List) assigned to the Sharepoint Group in the Sharepoint Site

• Add some users to the Sharepoint group and you will find that they syncronized the same in the Distribution List

• Send an email to the email address assigned to the sharepoint group and the emails would be sent to the individual members of the Sharepoint Group

Note: Syncronization between Sharepoint Group and Distribution List in the AD is a one way transaction (Sharepoint Group to Distribution List and not the other way round).  Hence, new users added to the Sharepoint Groups reflect automatically in the Distribution List however the vice-versa does not work.


Manually Start Microsoft File Transfer Manager

Posted in Windows by Abhishek Bhowmick on October 21, 2008

Open a command window

Change Directory to %SystemRoot%\Downloaded Program Files\

Type TransferMgr.exe and press Enter

Voila! You should have the dialog box right in front of you.

And just in case you do not have it installed already then follow the link below to install it:


Search does not work with Anonymous Access

Posted in Sharepoint by Abhishek Bhowmick on October 2, 2008

This is a default behavior seen in SharePoint that anonymous users do not get search results.  Security trimming prevents anonymous users from seeing items in search by default.

Enable “Always index all ASPX pages on this site” on the site collection.

Perform the following steps:
• Open the SharePoint Site
• Click on Site Actions, Site Settings and Modify Site Settings
• Click on Search Visibility
• Select the option that says “Always index all ASPX pages on this site”
• Perform a full crawl again
• Log into the site anonymously and perform search and you should get search results now

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