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In AD, what would be the easiest way to search for a particular email address to see if it exists?  Thanks.
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by:Alan Hardisty
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There are several ways listed in the following article - one should work happily for you (option 3 is the one I usually use):

http://exchangepedia.com/2006/03/how-to-find-an-email-address-in-active-directory.html
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by:itsmevic
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Yep, option three isn't working for me, it's telling me "The query filter "(proxyAddress=SMTP:JohnDoe@ABC.com" is not a valid query string.
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I usually tweak option 3 by doing the following:

Click Define Query and select Users, Groups, Contacts from the Find Drop-Down, then I click on the Advanced Tab and then I click on the Field Button and select User> Email Address.

In the Condition Drop Down I choose Is (exactly) and then in the Value field - enter the email address you are looking for.

Click Add and then OK twice.  Refresh the screen and it should return the search result.
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by:itsmevic
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Thanks for clarifying.  Didn't find email addy, so it must not exist in our environment, but your instruction was spot on.  Thanks again.
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