Microsoft Exchange Server does not have any specific built-in function for self-managing mailing lists to which users can subscribe themselves. However, as described by Tony Redmond in his May 1999 article for the Exchange & Outlook Administrator newsletter, it is possible to combine several Exchange Server functions to build at least a rudimentary list server. There are also several sample applications and third-party tools for this purpose. We also include tools for managing distribution lists in Exchange Server and groups in Exchange.
If you have access to the Microsoft BackOffice Resource Kit, it contains two utilities which you may find useful for list server usage. The first, ExList, offers list server features for Exchange Server. The second, DL Update, is not an list server but allows Exchange users to subscribe to or remove themselves from Exchange Server distribution lists. If you use DL Update, see XADM Error Message Failed to Get ADSI Object 8007203A.
Active Subscriber 2017 is an integrated list server for Exchange 2010, 2013 and 2016, which provides full list server functionality on top of native Exchange distribution groups. Features include multilingual operation and one-click command emails. One-month free trial available.
The MailChimp add-in for Outlook provides integration between MailChimp mailing lists and Outlook contacts. Export contacts to MailChimp, Import contacts from MailChimp, View MailChimp lists and campaign details from within Outlook.
Build distribution lists based on queries against the Exchange 5.5 directory or Active Directory, either with or without Exchange Server, or from files, databases, or other external sources. Also provides tools for managing all types of DLs and groups and printing DL lists.
Subscribe senders to your MailChimp lists as you read your email. Check if sender is subscribed. View the contact details stored in the list. Subscribe the sender to a list. Add contact details as you subscribe. Subscribe any email recipient. MailChimp-Subscribe is a new kind of add-in designed for Office 365. Use it in your browser with Outlook Web App, and on your desktop with Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016.