Address Book from Exchange Straight to Contact List? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Is there a way for an Admin on the Exchange Server/OCS to make it so every user has his/her contacts list already loaded when they sign in? Pretty much taking the corporate Address Book from the Exchange Server and making it so that all the contacts are added to the list.

    The closest thing I have encountered while working on testing out OCS on a virtual server is that We have 3 seperate companies that we run here in IT, and we have the seperated into groups such as "Test_All" and it includes users in that "Test" company. So when we add that group to the contacts list, they appear (if enabled to be on the Communications Server". We would like to further simplify adding in contacts by doing it FOR the user, before they login.

    Anyone know of  a way yet? 
    Thursday, January 22, 2009 5:16 PM

All replies

  • First of all you should know that OCS automatically installs an Address Book service that allows you to search for and add any AD user who is enabled for OCS or has an e-mail address or has a phone number assigned to them.  Users also have access to their Outlook contacts right from Communicator as well.  To use this just type some or all the person's name in the search bar at the top of Communicator.  You want to avoid putting all users in someone's (or everyone's) contact list as this will have a negative impact on performance.

    Now, if you have a small set of users that you want to add to everyone's contact list then you can use LCSAddContacts.wsf to do so.  Just run a search and you'll find a variety of info on using that utility.

    Mike Stacy | Evangelyze Communications | http://www.evangelyze.net/cs/blogs/mike
    Thursday, January 22, 2009 10:54 PM
  • Search the OCS forums for 'LCSAddContacts.wsf' and 'ocscm' for many previous threads covering how to pre-populate client Contacts Lists.
    Jeff Schertz, PointBridge | MVP | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging | MCTS: OCS
    Thursday, January 22, 2009 11:16 PM