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Set default address list for Outlook with a Group Policy

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Hello,

Looking for a method for administratively setting  the default address list in Outlook. Currently Outlook uses a cached address list (probably for quick access). I would like to set this to point to the list from the email server for all users.

This would be equivalent to going to:

Outlook 2010
1. On the home tab Click on Address Book
2. Now click Tools > Options
3. Select Custom and move your Preferred Address book to the top
4. Also select the drop down list "When opening the address book, show this address list first:" and select you preferred address book.

Outlook 2007 and 2003
1. From the Tools menu Click on Address Book
2. Now click Tools > Options
3. In the Show this address list first box simply use the scroll-down menu to select the appropriate list that you want and click OK
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I don't believe there is a way to do this via Group Policy; however, this appears to be a feature available in Exchange 2010 SP2:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh529924(v=exchg.141).aspx#BKMK_AddressBook

See here for a "how to":

http://careexchange.in/how-to-implement-address-book-policies-in-exchange-2010-sp2-effectively/ 

As for the autocomplete cache, you can disable that via GPO if you don't want it to display autocomplete information as the end user types an Email address:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=18968 

Download the Excel doc, click on the "ADMX, ADML, and ADM Settings" tab, see cell K2341.
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