Microsoft KB Archive/246517

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XADM: Unable to Resolve Distribution List from the Global Address List

Article ID: 246517

Article Last Modified on 10/27/2006


  • Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q246517

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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry


When a client tries to resolve a name and the organization created a distribution list (DL) with the name "SM," "SMT," or "SMTP" (without quotation marks), the client receives all users with an Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) address from the Global Address List as possible candidates in the name resolution.


This problem occurs when an organization creates a mailbox or DL with the letters "SMTP" (without quotation marks) or a shortened version, such as "SMT," "SM," or "S" (without quotation marks).


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To resolve this issue:

  1. Click Start, click Run, and then type regedt32.exe.
  2. Locate and click the following registry key:'


  3. On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following Value Name and Data Type:

    Value Name: DSA Heuristics
    Data Type: Reg_SZ

  4. Click OK, type 00010 for the string value, and then click OK.

Follow these steps for each server in the organization.

NOTE: You must restart Directory Services for these changes to take effect.


Exchange interprets S, SMT, and SMTP as an improperly typed one-off addresses, and then presents the entire Global Address List for the recipient. If you set up a DL and users have aliases of SMT (SMTP), CCM (cc:Mail), PRO (Profs), SNA (SNADS), and not (Notes), it works in the same way. However, if you type =CCM in the To box, and then resolve the name, the name resolves to the correct address.

Additional query words: GAL

Keywords: kbprb KB246517