Outlook 2016 global address list not updating exchange 2016

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24/02/13 If you create a new user, give them a mailbox, and they seemingly fail to appear then don’t panic! If you receive an error message then you can investigate further (Note: Set your Outlook client to send you a delivery report on the test email as well). The easiest way to do this is simply connect to Outlook Web Access, and query the GAL directly (OWA uses the GAL no the OAB like Outlook running in cached mode does). The User/Mailbox IS listed on the Server But NOT in Outlook.

Firstly and fore mostly: If you do anything in Exchange: Apply the “cup of coffee rule”, never make a change then go and prove that change works straight away! However most of us work in the real world and you have a user who needs to use this mailbox yesterday! Then check the mailbox Exists (See Check for existence of mailbox sections below). Remember, if you are looking at the Global Address List in Outlook then you are NOT looking at the Servers Global Address List*.

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Also in the properties of the mailbox database, your users are using, make sure it points to the correct public folder database.

For web-based distribution make sure the site is up.

Exchange 2013/2016 Exchange 2013/2016 will only be distributing the OAB via web-distribution. For all versions of Outlook (since 2003) you have two choices, either take Outlook out of cached mode* (so it queries the ‘live’ global address list).

Or force Outlook to download the latest version of the offline address book.

I might have a problem with my Offline Address Book in Outlook.

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