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How do I allow users to change AD profile/fields in Outlook?

Posted on 2009-12-20
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
A co-worker said that at the company he worked at previously, users could edit user friendly fields (phone number, address, etc) in their AD profile through Outlook.
You can view the profile by going to Tools > Address Book. Find your name, double click on it, and change the appropriate field, then click OK.
Alternatively, you can open up a message sent to you, double click your name in the To: field and make the same changes.

I do not know how to give the appropriate permissions to allow users to do this. In all cases I have seen, all the fields are grayed out and can not be changed.

I have set up GalMod32 and I am not looking for that as a solution. The powers-that-be have been told it can be done this other way, and that is what we want to do.
Question by:cogenttech
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by:Glen Knight
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In Active Directory Users and Computers check a user to test with and make sure they have enough permissions assigned to SELF
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by:Glen Knight
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I am not sure if it's possible in Outlook though.

Thus cab be done in the new Control Panel of Exchange 2010
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Microsoft have a tool for this called galmod32.exe and here is their article about what you need to do to implement this:

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We have already used GalMod32 (as stated in the original post). While it does work, it is not the solution we are looking for. We want to make the changes inside Outlook, which we have been told is possible.

I tried assigning permissions, in an OU, to the user SELF, giving that user Read/Write access to a bunch of LDAP properties that appeared useful, that didn't make a difference. I assigned properties to a user, giving SELF Read/Write Personal Information, Public Information, General Information, etc. That didn't make a difference either.

Any other ideas? Is no one else doing this?

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sanjaykumar_p earned 1000 total points
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I don't think this is possible other than using Tools.

Are you sure your co-worker were using Exchange in old organization? I guess this is possible if outlook is configured using POP3 and not associated to Exchange

Author Comment

ID: 26120362
My co-worked contacted the admin from the old organization and found out they were in fact using a tool.
Thanks for the replies guys. Points for all for helping.

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What I was looking to do is not possibly. The replies were correct in stating so.

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