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Outlook address book and Facetime sync

I have been trying to populate outlook address book on facetime, so all users have same list of contact as Exchange Global address book. Usually, personal contact on outlook does sync with contact on Icoud which eventually reflects on FT.
One challenge is to apply same contacts list as OAB to all individual contacts, so users do not have to make changes to employee left or joined, if the contacts could be pushed from global address book to individual users address book except for the owner of the company whose address book is maintained by PA and has all clients address list
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One of the problems with Outlook for mac is that it won't synchronize Exchange hosted contact lists.  Furthermore, the Global Address List (or GAL) seems to be available only as a search field, rather than a window displaying the entire list as it does on a PC.

So, one potential solution would be to have either a PC user or the server admin try to capture the GAL somehow and export it to a CSV, LDIF or vcard file.  Then that file could be made available to the employees, who in turn import it into the Contacts app on the Mac.  In theory, it only needs to be updated when there is a change in the employee database.
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It does synchronize from personal address book on outlook or the personal address book that is synced with outlook. The only address it does not sync is global address. If there is a way to push address on GAL to each users personal OAB then it would work without CSV interface
Based on my research, the answer is no.  As I mentioned above, there is no synchronization between Exchange hosted contact lists and Mac address book directly.  This, apparently, goes for the GAL as well.

The only way I can see it working is via a manual intervention by either a PC user or the server admin.  The good news is that big push of contacts need only be done once.  Subsequent changes could be handled one at a time or with much smaller files.

There are no doubt several 3rd party solutions that might work but:
-  that is extra cost
-  I cannot vouch for any of them as I have not tried them
I have contact enable for CEO and his personal address book in exchange is maintained by PAs and all addresses on Exchange syncs to FaceTime and iCloud, however, for other user I could not import CSV file on outlook to make it work. For now I am making it work by importing CSV file to ICloud contact. But it would be great, if the contacts could be pushed from Outlook personal contact, therefore, it changes are dynamically updated.
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