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GAL Import

Hello- I have a GAL that has been exported from server 2k3 and exchange 2k- I need to import this into my server 2k and exchange 5.5- Can you please assist with the steps??
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ocon827679Commented:
Was the list exported to a csv?  If so, you can import the csv into Exchange 5.5.  I forget where to find the Import utility, but its probably on the File menu.  
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lazikAuthor Commented:
yes a .csv
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Exchange_AdminCommented:
Well these would have to be imported in as Custom Recipients in Exchange 5.5.
More than likely you will not be able to import in the CSV file that you have now without some modifications.
To determine what the CSV format should be, do a directory export of the Custom Recipients on your Exchange 5.5 server. If you do not already have some custom recipients, then create one prior to exporting.
After doing the directory export, you can open the CSV file up in Excel and see what fields are needed.

Good luck. Unfortunately there will not be an automated way to do this.
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lazikAuthor Commented:
Thanks- So do a custom recipients export of my Ex. 5.5 GAL and then compare it to the fields of the directory export from the Ex. 2k GAL?  I'm a bit lost- Thanks again
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Exchange_AdminCommented:
Yep. If you look in the CSV file the first row contains the HEADERS.
The other rows contain the data that will be imported.
So you basically have to put the proper data in the proper column.

More than likely the headers will be different.

The way I learned is by trial and error.
What I would do is to try to get 1 object to import in. This way if you make a mistake it is easy to rectify.
After you get the proper format and the import of a single object work, you can try the rest.

Just my thoughts on this.
Russ
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lazikAuthor Commented:
Thanks- so once I convert it to a custom recipient and match up the headers from the other GAL, How do I import it to my exchange 5.5? Just select import and choose a path of the new GAL csv?
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Exchange_AdminCommented:
Yep.
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lazikAuthor Commented:
ok now, On my custom recipient export that I did from my ex 5.5 I had the following headers listed on the left-
I added the info you see to the right of the dash from the remote sites GAL export-

Obj-Class- Remote
FirstName-First Name listed
LastName-Last Name listed
DisplayName-First name space Last name
AliasName- first name dot last name
DirectoryName-first name dot last name
Primary WindowsNT Account- left blank
HomeServer- left blank
Email Address- the remote sites SMTP address

Is this correct? And if it is, is there a possibility of losing or corrupting my GAL in the process? And do I just place a copy of this csv on my ex 5.5 server and import it in?

Thanks a lot.
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Exchange_AdminCommented:
I think this looks good. It has been awhile since I have had to do this in Exchange 5.5, so I am working from memory here.

Is there a possibility of corruption the GAL? No. Corrupting the DIR.EDB, slight.. Always make sure that you have a good backup of the DIR.EDB prior to importing in anything.
If you have problems then you can restore the DIR.EDB. However if you have more than 1 Exchange 5.5 server then it will be more difficult to recover due to directory replication. You would have to do an Authoritative Restore and use Authrest.exe.
As I stated above, if you think your CSV file is correct then make a copy of it.
Then edit the copy down so that you are only importing in 1 or 2 objects.
Then run the Directory Import on this modified file.
Check to see if it worked properly.
If so then import in the rest.
It is always easier to correct a failed import if there is only a couple of objects as opposed to several hundred.
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lazikAuthor Commented:
It worked great- Thanks for the assistance.
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