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managing contacts exchange 2010

Greetings
exchange 2010 standard
outlook 2010
activesync devices... android, iphone

I need a fresh approach and best practice on how to share contacts throughout an organization.  I need them to show on user's outlook's and their phones.

what is the best way to do this?  best practice....
i have seen a few ways... shared from one person?  managed on exchange 2010
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jamesmetcalf74
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stu29Commented:
How many contacts?  How many users would need to alter the contacts?
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RAdministratorCommented:
It depends on your organization size. For a userbase of 50-150 people, I would say a public folder with CodeTwo Exchange Sync. You can have centralized updates of the public folder, and you can either accept updates from users (bidirectional sync) or just feed the new info out to the userbase (unidirectional).

Info for Exchange Sync is here:
http://www.codetwo.com/exchange-folder-sync/pricing

It depends how much you're willing to spend to have a clean solution.

The free alternative would be for users to periodically copy the public folder contacts into their own contact lists(and/or show the public folder as a contact list, which is an available feature in Outlook), but that can give way to outdated info, unavailability via mobile, or other inconveniences.

A third option, if the shared contacts list is stable and rarely updated, would be to convert it to a CardDAV format and feed it via Google Drive or a FOSS server solution, but then it'd be getting weird.

Like I said, it depends a bit on your company size and your budget.
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RAdministratorCommented:
Also, just as a side note, I have no idea what this question is doing in the Hardware >  Printers category...? Maybe if it went into an appropriate category, it might help you get better replies.
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jamesmetcalf74Author Commented:
jeez what a mistake
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