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Remove user from GAL in Exchange 2010 without removing from AD


I was wondering how i can remove users from the Global address list without removing them from the Active Dir in Exchange 2010? thank you very much in advance
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James HIT DirectorCommented:
If you are not removing their email address, you can just hide them from the address book.
Open the EMC (Management Console) and go to Recipient Configuration
Go into the properties of that mailbox and click on the checkbox that says "hide from Exchange address list"
Hendrik WieseCommented:
You can either use EMC as mentioned by Spartan or you can use EMS (Exchange Management Shell) by entering the following command:

Get-Mailbox -OrganizationalUnit "Marketing" | Set-Mailbox -HiddenFromAddressListsEnabled $true 

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Hendrik WieseCommented:
The command above will set the "Hide from Exchange address list" attribute on all users that are part of the Marketing group. So it is a easy way to do a lot of users at ones.
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MXU2011Author Commented:
Thats the steps i took yesterday but it seems like they are still there... maybe it takes a while or do i have to restart the exchange store service? thanks
Em ManCommented:

GAL usually updates in 24 hours, not unless your force it. Did you?
Also hiding those users, they will not be able to re-create their profile in Outlook.
Hendrik WieseCommented:
Do the following to update your GAL:

1. Go to the EMC > Organization Configuration > Mailbox Node > Offline Address book tab and click update on the Default OAB,
2. Restart “Microsoft Exchange File Distribution” service
3. Force Outlook updating OAB.
Restart Outlook or press “Send/Receive” and click “send/Receive Groups” and click “Download Address Book”

As per my Article
Hendrik WieseCommented:

Did you do the update as suggested?

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