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Sharing Contacts between one Outlook User and one OWA User

Hi,

Exhange 2003 as part of SBS 2003 Premium. One user (A) uses Outlook 2003 to access his inbox using RPCoHTTP. We need to get ALL his contacts and share them with ONLY one other user (B)  (no public folder as a solution). This second user (B) uses ONLY OWA.

How can this be accomplished?

Many thanks in advanced.
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bluetabCommented:
I'm assuming that you have already shared the User A's contacts.  Have User B login to OWA.  At the end of the url enter "userb@mydomain.com/contacts".  So the url should read something like "https://mail.mydomain.com/exchange/userA@mydomain.com/contacts"

If that doesn't work try it this way:
"https://mail.mydomain.com/exchange/userA/contacts"
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phermiAuthor Commented:
bluetab,

Thanks. No. I have restrained myself of doing anything I have read as it does not specifically mention OWA. What I would really like to is for B to logon to his OWA as usual and be able to use A's contacts to send e-mails.

Thanks again
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thecomputerdocsCommented:
Sharing information between users is one of the primary purposes of public folders....
You would be better off setting them up...
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phermiAuthor Commented:
thecomputerdocs: Question for you then, can a public folder be  used by ONLY two users and no one else? If the answers is no, you know why I am not using them. If the answer is yes, that is a posibility. Please enlighten me. Indicate how as that is the intention of the post.
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SembeeCommented:
You cannot use anything other than the GAL or the default Contact list to select email addresses in OWA. The most that you can do is have the contacts available to you so that you can select the address and then copy and paste it in to the new email.

A public folder can be locked down. After creating the public folder in Outlook, go back in to the properties of the folder and choose Permissions. Change "Default" to none. Ensure that there is at least one user as Owner. Then set the permissions for the users who need to access that folder as required.

Simon.

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phermiAuthor Commented:
Sembee: Thanks.

Is there a way to SYNC contacts between an user and the GAL or every new User A contact will have to be manually added to the GAL?

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SembeeCommented:
Adding lots of external contacts to the GAL is not a good idea and rarely goes down well with the users. There is no automated way to sync a contact list either. You would have to look at a third party tool such as Add2Exchange from diditbetter.com

Simon.

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thecomputerdocsCommented:
By any chance, does the contact list change much?
A "band-aid" method could be to build your contact list in one, then export and import into the other users folder.....just a thought...
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phermiAuthor Commented:
simon, thanks ... thecomputerdocs, same.

I am going to try Simon's lock-down-folder first and see how it goes ... it is only one other user, remote , mobile and OWA-based.

There are not many contacts and changes are not high, so thecomputerdocs' approach can also be tried ... However, import-export (unless I am wrong or missing something here) will require:
- User A to the EXPORT and make it available to User B
- User B to do the import ... meaning using OUTLOOK, which he does not have by company policy. Therefore, a 3rd user (ADMIN) will have to create User B profile and do the import for him.

I think, the GAL created and maintained by User A, which is the data owner and guilty of charge, may be better
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