Want to protect your cyber security and still get fast solutions? Ask a secure question today.Go Premium


Can't view GAL from OWA 2003

Posted on 2005-03-01
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have a Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server Enterprise Ed.  running on a Windows 2003 Server platform.  There are around 150 users (~50 of which are hidden) in the global address list.  When using Outlook 97-2003 the GAL is vewable.  When using Outlook Web Access it is not.  I can search for members of the GAL and bring them up that way, but I would prefer to set it up to show the entire address list as does regular Outlook.  How can I go about doing this?  Also, any links or information about customizing OWA would be much appreciated as well.

Question by:srejja
  • 2
LVL 104

Accepted Solution

Sembee earned 2000 total points
ID: 13434672
You cannot view the GAL in the same way as you can through Outlook.
OWA is designed to be run over limited bandwidth so enumerating the entire GAL is not a good idea. You only have 150 users, but think how long it would take to enumerate 10,000 users.

With a lot of OWA - what you see is what you get. Customisation of OWA is limited. I personally don't see much value in it as it can cause problems, you will not get support from MS for the customisations and you will need to revoke them before any service pack is installed, then review them again afterwards in case the source pages have been changed.


Author Comment

ID: 13434903

Thanks for the feedback.  I have found that if you enter a space and press enter under display name the entire GAL appears.  Is there no way to automate this?  

Expert Comment

ID: 13434958
This may not be the answer you are looking for, but it does sometimes help.  Go to OWA's address book and enter a space in one of the search terms.  It will list users for you.  I can't say if it shows all users or not, because it doesn't show all users for me.  But then again I am doing this on a test network, and who knows what I could have done to it.
LVL 104

Expert Comment

ID: 13435003
No. You are basically searching on a wildcard. Microsoft have forced you to search for a name - hoping that you wouldn't use the wildcard facilities.
If you have users on limited bandwidth connections then you don't want to show them the wildcard technique as it will thrash their connections.


Featured Post

What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Steps to fix error: “Couldn’t mount the database that you specified. Specified database: HU-DB; Error code: An Active Manager operation fail”
In this article, I will demonstrate that how to do a PST migration from Exchange Server to Office 365. This method allows importing one single PST, or multiple PST's at once.
In this video we show how to create an email address policy in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.:  First we need to log into the Exchange Admin Center. Navigate to the Mail Flow…
This video demonstrates how to sync Microsoft Exchange Public Folders with smartphones using CodeTwo Exchange Sync and Exchange ActiveSync. To learn more about CodeTwo Exchange Sync and download the free trial, go to: http://www.codetwo.com/excha…
Suggested Courses

569 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question