Exchange Server Distribution Group Upgradation

Exchange Server Distribution Group Upgradation

Whenever you upgrade Exchange 2003 or 2007 to Exchange 2010 or 2013.

1. The migrated distribution when you try to modify it throws error message as “Changes to the distribution list membership cannot be saved. You do not have sufficient permissions to perform this operation on this object”:
2. You cannot manage things like message moderation and membership approval

Although the distribution groups resides in Active Directory the RBAC which was introduced in Exchange server 2010 and 2013 will cannot able to modify the Exchange 2007 or 2003 objects.

The Exchange version of distribution groups can be found using the powershell command

Get-DistributionGroup <GroupName> | fl ExchangeVersion, Expansionserver

Inorder to upgrade the Exchange server distribution group – Open the latest Exchange Management Shell in the latest version of Exchange Server (i.e 2010 or 2013) and run the following commands

Set-DistributionGroup <GroupName>


Set-DistributionGroup –id <GroupName> -ForceUpgrade

if it fails may the group will not be universal. Change it to universal using the following command and then execute the above command

Get-DistributionGroup –id <GroupName> | Set-Group -Universal

Then again run the following Powershell command to verify the Exchange version of Distribution group

Get-DistributionGroup <GroupName> | fl ExchangeVersion, Expansionserver


  • When you upgraded to Exchange 2010 or 2013 you will not able to downgrade to 2007 or 2003
  • User who are in legacy version of Exchange server can’t modify or be owner for higher version of distribution group.
  • If you are migration only from Exchagne 2010 SP3 to Exchange 2013 then we don’t need to perform above operation or else need to follow the above steps.

Also there is a script called Manage-GroupManagementRole.ps1.

1. Creates a new RBAC role that is a child of the MyDistributionGroups Role
2. Removes the cmdlets remove-distributiongroup and new-distributiongroup from the new role that was just created.
3. Assigns the new role to the Default Role Assignment Policy


About Raji Subramanian

Nothing great to say about me...Just want to share my knowledge for others that will be useful at any moment of time when they stuck in critical issue....
This entry was posted in Changes to the distribution list membership cannot be saved, Commands, Exchange Management Powershell Command, Exchange Server, Exchange Server 2010 Troubleshooting, Exchange Server 2013 Troubleshooting, Exchange Troubleshooting, Powershell Command and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s