How to View and Modify Offline Address Book Settings

Exchange 2007

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Applies to: Exchange Server 2007, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP3

Topic Last Modified: 2007-01-02

This topic explains how to use the Exchange Management Console or the Exchange Management Shell to view and modify offline address book (OAB) settings.

To perform the following procedures, the account you use must be delegated the following:

  • Exchange Organization Administrator role

For more information about permissions, delegating roles, and the rights that are required to administer Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, see Permission Considerations.

  1. Start the Exchange Management Console.

  2. In the console tree, expand Organization Configuration, and then click Mailbox.

  3. In the result pane, click the Offline Address Book tab, and then select the OAB that you want to view or modify.

  4. In the action pane, click Properties.

  5. Click the tabs on the Properties page to select the settings that you want to view or modify.

  6. Click OK.

For detailed information about the OAB settings that you can view or modify, click Help on the various tabs of the property page, or see the following topics:

  • Run the following command to modify OAB settings:

    Set-OfflineAddressBook -Identity <OfflineAddressBookIdParameter> -AddressLists <AddressBookBaseIdParameter> -DiffRetentionPeriod <Nullable> -DomainController <Fqdn> -IsDefault <$true | $false> -Name <String> -PublicFolderDistributionEnabled <$true | $false> -Schedule <Schedule> -Versions <Collection> -VirtualDirectories <VirtualDirectoryIdParameter>

    For example, to modify the time and date at which the OAB generation occurs for an OAB named My OAB, run the following command:

    Set-OfflineAddressBook -Identity "My OAB" -Schedule "Sun.1:15 AM-Sun.1:30 AM"
    The Schedule parameter takes the following format and must include a range: Weekday.Hour:Minute[AM/PM]-Weekday.Hour:Minute[AM/PM].
  • Run the following command to view an OAB:

    Get-OfflineAddressBook -Identity <OfflineAddressBookIdParameter>

    For example, to view an OAB named My OAB, run the following command:

    Get-OfflineAddressBook -Identity "My OAB"
    The preceding command syntax provides you with a quick view of the copy status. To get full status output that shows all the fields, run the command with the output piped to the fl (formatted list) or ft (formatted table) option.

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see the Set-OfflineAddressBook reference topic.

For more information about managing OABs, see Managing Offline Address Books.