Assign an address book policy to mail users


Applies to: Exchange Online, Exchange Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2012-10-11

After you create an address book policy (ABP), you must assign it to mailbox users. Users aren’t assigned a default ABP when their user account is created. If you don’t assign an ABP to a user, the global address list (GAL) for your entire organization will be accessible to the user through Outlook and Outlook Web App. To learn more, see Address book policies.

For additional management tasks related to ABPs, see Address book policy procedures.

Interested in scenarios that use this procedure? See Scenario: Deploying address book policies.

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  1. Navigate to Recipients > Mailboxes.

  2. In the list view, select the user that you want to assign the policy to, and then click Edit Edit icon.

  3. Click Mailbox features.

  4. In the Address book policy list, select the ABP that you want to apply to this user.

  5. Click Save.

  1. Navigate to Recipients > Mailboxes.

  2. In the list view use the Ctrl key to select multiple users.

  3. In the details pane, click More options.

  4. Under Address Book Policy, click Update.

  5. In the Select Address Book Policy list, select the ABP that you want to apply to these users.

  6. Click Save.

This example assigns the ABP All Fabrikam to the existing mailbox user

Set-Mailbox -Identity -AddressBookPolicy "All Fabrikam"

This example assigns the ABP ABP_EngineeringDepartment to all mailbox users whose CustomAttribute11 value contains “Engineering Department”.

Get-Mailbox -Filter {(CustomAttribute11 -like "Engineering Department")} | Set-Mailbox -AddressBookPolicy ABP_EngineeringDepartment

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Set-Mailbox and Get-Mailbox.