Change the Display Name in the Global Address Book?

Posted on 2009-02-19
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How do I change the display name in Exchange 2007 so that the name shows up as LastName, FirstName MI instead of FirstName MI. LastName?  I know I have seen the option but cannot find it now.


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That is something you have to change in the Active Directory schema. However, changing it now won't retrospectively go back and update the 'Display Name' field on all your existing user accounts and Exchange-enabled objects. They would need to be updated automatically.

See http://blogs.msdn.com/dgoldman/archive/2008/06/19/changing-the-display-name-of-active-directory-users.aspx. Take note that with Exchange 2007, it doesn't actually take note of the format you specify, so when creating new users you'd have to use an existing user as a template, instead.

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Sorry, ignore that last bit. I read it wrong. What I meant to say was "Take note that with Exchange 2007, you'd have to create the account in AD Users and Computers first - which does note the default Display Name format you specify - and then use the Exchange Management Console to establish a mailbox for the already created user."


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Thank you....
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Wow! That was quick :-)

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