How to Update a Global Address List


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

Topic Last Modified: 2007-09-11

The global address list (GAL) is a directory that contains entries for every group, user, and contact within an organization's implementation of Microsoft Exchange. This topic explains how to update a GAL by using the Exchange Management Shell.

You cannot use the Exchange Management Console to update a GAL. You must use the Update-GlobalAddressList cmdlet in the Exchange Management Shell.

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

  • Exchange Organization Administrators role

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

  • Run the following command.

    Update-GlobalAddressList -Identity <GlobalAddressListIdParameter> -DomainController
    Running this command only starts the update process. It may take several hours for the GAL to be updated.

    For example, to update a GAL for the Fourth Coffee company, run the following command.

    Update-GlobalAddressList -Identity "Fourth Coffee"

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see the following reference topics:

To learn more about address lists and global address lists, see Understanding Address Lists.

For more information about managing GALs, see Managing Global Address Lists.


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