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Push out a Contact Item to each user's mailbox?

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Is it possible to push out a Contact Item to each user's mailbox centrally, without user intervention?  If so, how?  What reprecussions does this have, say, if the contact name already exists.

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There is no server way of doing this. Therefore you would have to grant an account full mailbox access to every mailbox and then use a script to send the item in.
Why don't you use a mail enabled contact? That is what the GAL is designed for.

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Thanks Simon, that's what I thought.

In this case the user wants their Contacts folder kept up to date automatically with new employee information so when his Blackberry sync's up, he has the latest firm contacts.  We already keep our GAL updated as well as a public folder.



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Doesn't the user know how to use the over the air lookup? Or are they using the Blackberry as a standalone device?
If that is the case, get your hands on the BES express edition. It is free for the first Blackberry and you just buy CALs for the rest up to a max of 14.

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We have a 3.6 BES.  Wasn't aware of a feature like that.  Should I open a new question?
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I don't know when it was introduced in to the Blackberry devices. I have only ever deployed BES 4.0 with 4.0 of the firmware on the handhelds and over the air lookup is on those. Its in Windows Mobile 5.0 with MSFP as well.

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We are still running Exchange 2000.  I'll look into it anyway.

As always, thanks.

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To the best of my knowledge BES 4.0 runs with any version of Exchange. You don't have to have Exchange 2003 to use the latest version.
The GAL lookup comes off the BES server (like the attachment processing) so there is nothing more to open on the firewall.

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