Gal not updating cached exchange mode
24/02/13If you create a new user, give them a mailbox, and they seemingly fail to appear then don’t panic! If you receive an error message then you can investigate further (Note: Set your Outlook client to send you a delivery report on the test email as well).Firstly and fore mostly: If you do anything in Exchange: Apply the "cup of coffee rule", never make a change then go and prove that change works straight away! However most of us work in the real world and you have a user who needs to use this mailbox yesterday! Then check the mailbox Exists (See Check for existence of mailbox sections below).1. The Mailbox SHOULD be in the right hand window (Providing you are in the correct administrative group, on the correct server, and in the correct mailbox store! Remember with Exchange 2007 / 2010 you create the mailbox with the Exchange system Manager anyway! On the Exchange Server, Start Ensure "Hide From Exchange Address Lists" is NOT ticked.
Alternatively you can increate logging on the MSEXCHANGESA\OAL Generator to see if the new address book generated successfully. Give the OAB a name, select a generation server (in case of a CCR this needs to be the active node) 5. When presented with the distribution points page enable the web base distribution and, in case of outlook 2003 clients, enable the public folder distribution. Once the wizard has completed, right click the new OAB and select to generate the OAB. Now drill down to the mailbox database, right click it and set the new OAB to be the default for that database. Open outlook with a mailbox that is residing in that mailbox database 10.
Remember, if you are looking at the Global Address List in Outlook then you are NOT looking at the Servers Global Address List*.
If using Outlook, query the GAL directly, or download the latest OAB. Before you do anything send the user you created a 'Test Email' from your own account.
The easiest way to do this is simply connect to Outlook Web Access, and query the GAL directly (OWA uses the GAL no the OAB like Outlook running in cached mode does). The User/Mailbox IS listed on the Server But NOT in Outlook.
In outlook, click on the down arrow next to Send/receive. Note that if asked, you should select to download the entire address book and not just the changes.
This should resolve the issue with users not showing up in Outlook when in cached mode.