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Import Outlook Contacts to Active Directory

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Hi,

I have a client that currently has a number of Distribution Lists setup in Outlook. They are at the point where they have reached the limit of the DL's, and cannot add anymore members to the lists.

I was thinking that I could import these contacts into Active Directory and setup Distribution Lists there. I have seen some articles that explain how to do this, but I haven't had any success.

My questions are:

1: What is the easiest way to import the conatcts into AD?
2: Is there a way that the users can update the Distribution List in AD on their own?

Thanks
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The 'easiest' way to create contacts in AD is through the GUI, but it doesn't scale well for bulk creation!

The best tutorial on bulk import of contacts is Guy's excellent website, here's a link: http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/vbscript/vbscript_contact_create.htm

You shouldn't struggle too much with that.

On allowing users to update DLs in AD - obviously the users can't add extra contacts into AD, the admin will have to do that for them.  But once you create the DLs (actually Universal Distribution Groups) you can asign them an owner (one of the tabs on the Properties), and tick the box that allows the Owner to modify the membership - then they can add and remove members from the DL using Outlook.
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1. you can mass import contacts into AD using csvde.  just put all the required fields in a spreadsheet and save it as a .csv file.  the required fields to create a mail enabled contact should be:

objectClass,displayName,DN,mailNickname,targetAddress,proxyAddresses,msExchPoliciesExcluded,mail

2. in the AD properties of the DL, you can add the user to the Managed By tab and grant him rights to update the list.


CSVDE: http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/Logon/Logon_CSVDE.htm
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