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exchange 2010 Mail Contact folder empty

I am new to exchange and have set up a test environment to try and learn about it, I have installed exchange server, but my mail contact folder in exchange is empty. I have about 90 users set up in AD all with email contact info and distribution groups. I had assumed since exchange is a Microsoft product and ties in to AD that it would pick up this info from AD and I would see it and be able to use it. Is this not the case? or is there something I need to configure before exchange will see this info
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loki_lokiCommented:
If I understand you correctly you have created the users in AD only?  In which case you will have to create the mailboxes seperately, in the Exchange Management Console.  Right click on the Mailbox in Recipient Configuration and select New Mailbox and follow the wizard that comes up.  You can also use powershell but if you don't know the syntax to use then manually create a user and it will give you the correct powershell command at the end of the wizard.
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mattolanAuthor Commented:
Yes this is the case, and it does work if I do as you suggested, but shouldn't there be a way to import all of the existing information from AD into exchange instead of doing them one at a time through the wizard
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loki_lokiCommented:
you don't have to do them one at a time, you can select multiple accounts through the wizard.  You can also script it using powershell to enable multiple users at one time.  

You used to be able to do it all through Active Directory but that changed from Exchange 2007 onwards.  I am not completely sure why but there is bound to be an explanation on the web somewhere
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loki_lokiCommented:
'No, the ADUC extentions have been removed from Exchange 2007.  There are several reasons behind this change.  One of the reasons is to support split permissions in organizations that have Exchange Administrators and Active Directory administrators as seperate entities.  Another key factor in this decision was automation.  In Exchange 2007 the model is to be able to script everything from the Exchange Management Shell using simple, easy to understand commands.  The exchange team built a great infrastructure for supporting automation which will hopefully lower the cost of administration.  However there was a tradeoff becasue that infrastructure does not support working with ADUC extentions.  '

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/exchangesvradmin/thread/cadcc72b-855d-427c-8199-224833e9365e/

A little explanation.
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mattolanAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info, and yes you are correct,  I can import multiple users at once.
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mattolanAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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