How to Remove an Offline Address Book

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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 remove an offline address book (OAB).

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.

Also, be aware that to remove an OAB that is linked to a user or to a mailbox database, the recipient will download the default OAB until you assign a new OAB for that user. However, if you remove the default OAB, you must assign a different OAB as the default OAB. For more information about how to change the default OAB, see How to Change the Default Offline Address Book.

  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 click the OAB that you want to remove.

  4. In the action pane, click Remove. A warning appears. Click Yes to confirm that you want to remove the OAB.

  1. Run the following command:

    Remove-OfflineAddressBook -Identity <OfflineAddressBookIdParameter>

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

    Remove-OfflineAddressBook -Identity "My OAB"
  2. Type Y to confirm that you want to remove the OAB, and then press ENTER.

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

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