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Exchange custom address book filter to show other email address

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I am setting up multiple email domains on an Exchange server 2003. Unfortunately Outlook 2003 is not easy to work with when you want to use multiple reply address. I was able to get the from field to show but the default address books only show the primary email addresses. So if you want to change your reply address you have to type it in yourself. My solution is to create a custom address book in Exchange to show only certain email addresses in the other domains. I tested this by creating a new custom address list on my own server and using the filter of Exchange Recipients, email address, is not, and then the domain I want to filter out. This worked great on my test system with two different domains but fails to work on my clients Exchange 2003 server. The server setups are almost exactly the same but they have 4 email domains. Whenever I run the same query I always get the back the default domain. I have tried playing around with queries and I always get back the default domain or nothing. I am no Filter or LDAP guru so I must be missing something. Any help would be appreciated.
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What you are trying to do is called address list segregation and is no longer supported by Microsoft. It is very troublesome, rarely works reliably.

Not really sure what you are trying to achieve here.
If the addresses on the same user account (so a user has more than one email address on their account) then you cannot select an address. As far as Exchange is concerned all users only have one email address for outbound email, all the others are aliases for inbound email.

If you want to select what address to be able to send email from, then you either have to use multiple accounts and the from field, or a third party tool such as choosefrom from ivasoft.biz

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 I understand what you are saying, but I have tested the setup on my Exchange server. I have two email domains. DomainA  and DomainB. The global address book only shows DomainA address, so I created a custom address book with a filter as stated that shows only DomainB address. I then created an email from my DomainA account and changed the From address (using the custom address book I created) and send it to someone else. The email showed the reply address of the DomainB account. This is exactly what I am trying to accomplish. I know everyone says it cant be done. Maybe I am just stumbled upon a new way of doing (but I doubt it). I am just interested in what you have to say to as to why I think the testing I have done is working. I will award you the points no matter what. Thanks

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 I understand what you are saying, but I have tested the setup on my Exchange server. I have two email domains. DomainA  and DomainB. The global address book only shows DomainA address, so I created a custom address book with a filter as stated that shows only DomainB address. I then created an email from my DomainA account and changed the From address (using the custom address book I created) and send it to someone else. The email showed the reply address of the DomainB account. This is exactly what I am trying to accomplish. I know everyone says it cant be done. Maybe I am just stumbled upon a new way of doing (but I doubt it). I am just interested in what you have to say to as to why I think the testing I have done is working. I will award you the points no matter what. Thanks
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There is no "new" way of doing anything with Exchange.
If you have separate accounts, which you must have for them to appear in two different GALs then of course the From field will work. That is how it is designed to work.

-M
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