Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: Set the offline address book (part 6)

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Following on from the previous post Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: Create a send connector (Part 5), in the sixth part of the series I’ll look at creating a setting the offline address book.

The offline address book (OAB) is used by Outlook clients using cached mode for address lookups when the clients are offline.

1. In the Exchange admin center (https://localhost/ecp) click servers on the left hand side, and then click databases. Highlight your mailbox database and click the pencil symbol to edit the database.

Exchange 2013 -EAC - servers - databases - edit2. Select client settings from the left hand menu, then click browse.

mailbox database - client settings3. With the Default Offline Address Book highlighted click ok.

mailbox database - client settings - default offline address book4. You’ll now see the Default Offline Address Book, selected as the Offline address book for the mailbox database. Click save.

mailbox database - client settings - offline address book - default offline address bookYou’ve now set the offline address book.

Exchange Management Shell

To perform the same tasks with PowerShell in the Exchange Management Shell youll need the following cmdlets: Get-MailboxDatabase, Set-MailboxDatabase

Remember in PowerShell to search for a command you can use Get-Command *mailboxdatabase* or GCM *mailboxdatabase* to list all the cmdlets that contain the phrase mailboxdatabase.

GCM mailboxdatabaseTo view help you can use Get-Help before any command, and you can append -examples,-detailed, -full, -online for further information.

First lets take a look at the mailbox database attributes.

Get-MailboxDatabase | fl

get-mailboxdatabase flYou can see in the image above the 3rd attribute is OfflineAddressBook, and it has already been set. If it wasn’t then the command to set it would be (remembering we only have one mailbox database):

Get-MailboxDatabase | Set-MailboxDatabase -OfflineAddressBook “\Default Offline Address Book”

You can now set the offline address book in PowerShell.

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