Applies to: Exchange Server 2010 SP3, Exchange Server 2010 SP2

Topic Last Modified: 2011-03-19

Address lists are a collection of recipient and other Active Directory objects. You apply an address list when the address list filter rule has been edited. To update the membership of the address list to include new recipients and remove those who no longer meet the filtering criteria, you must apply the address list.

Changes that you make to an address list aren't applied to recipients until you apply the list. You can apply changes to address lists immediately or at a scheduled time by using the New Address List wizard or the Edit Address List wizard.

Looking for other management tasks related to address lists? Check out Managing Address Lists.

What Do You Want to Do?

Use the EMC to apply an address list

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Address Lists" entry in the Mailbox Permissions topic.

  1. In the console tree, navigate to Organization Configuration > Mailbox.

  2. In the result pane, click the Address Lists tab, and then click the address list that you want to apply.

  3. In the action pane, click Apply.

  4. On the Introduction page, complete the following fields:

    • Apply the address list   Select one of the following options to specify when the address list should be applied:

      Immediately   Click this button to apply the changes immediately.

      At the following time   Click this button and use the corresponding list to specify a date and time to apply the changes.

    • Cancel tasks that are still running after (hours)   Select this check box and use the corresponding text box to specify the length of time that the task is permitted to run. The default is 8 hours.

  5. On the Apply Address List page, review your configuration settings. Click Apply to apply the address list. Click Back to make configuration changes.

  6. On the Completion page, review the following, and then click Finish to close the wizard:

    • A status of Completed indicates that the wizard completed the task successfully.

    • A status of Failed indicates that the task wasn't completed. If the task fails, review the summary for an explanation, and then click Back to make any configuration changes.

  7. Click Finish to close the wizard.

Use the Shell to apply an address list

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Address lists" entry in the Mailbox Permissions topic.

This example applies the address list Washington State.

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Update-AddressList "Washington State"

If you have more than one address list with the same name, you must specify the full path to the address list you want to update. For example, if you want to update the address list Sales under North America but there is also a Sales address list under Europe, use the following command:

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Update-AddressList "North America\Sales"

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Update-AddressList.