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Result of Hiding user Accounts..


I hid a user account (with mailbox) from the exchange address list. I use this particular account as a service account and normally dont login with this but use it for authentication. After hiding the account I found out that authentication with this account was failing. I made the account visible in GAB and the authentication started working. Now, I am curious to know what is the impact of hiding accounts from the exchange address list. Exchange Guru's .. Any Ideas ???

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What do you mean by "authentication"?
Hiding an account would have no impact on its use within a Windows environment.
However its use in Exchange would be limited if hidden from the GAL.

Bharath_aryanAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply. What is the impact of hiding it from the GAL in Exchange ?

You will be unable to add the account to an Outlook client, it will not appear in the GAL, it will not resolve if anyone is sending email to it internally, unable to add it to distribution lists. There are probably others but it is too early in the morning for me yet.

just an added note when hiding from GAL:
yes, email name will not resolve, but you still can send email, you just need to type the whole email address and domain -- testuser@company.com
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