I assume you're naming them with the 'hidden' lead-in for ease of management. If you just don't want them to appear in the GAL, I'd probably just move them all to a separate OU, rename them as you wanted, and leave them there. Any new ones get created there and hidden from the GAL. You could still use them for DistiGroup membership that way and it would be much easier to manage. From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Taylor, George Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 4:12 PM To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [ExchangeList] How do you handle external contacts Hello All, We're looking at a policy/procedure change right now and I'm curious how others manage external contacts. Until recently all of our external contacts where in place so they could be part of a distribution list. They would be named "Hidden-last, first" and obviously be hidden from the address list. That's recently been shoke up in administration and we need a new way to handle them. Basically if that external user replies to an email they are not seen as user@xxxxxxxxx, but seen as Hidden-last, first, doesn't go over so well. We're struggling with how to name them and wether or not to hide them. We manage approx. 200 - 250 external contacts. Thanks, George Taylor Systems Programmer Regional Health Inc. ***Note: The information contained in this message, including any attachments, may be privileged, confidential, and protected from disclosure. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, or an employee or agent responsible for delivering this message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the Sender immediately by a "reply to sender only" message and destroy all electronic or paper copies of the communication, including any attachments.