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

Topic Last Modified: 2012-11-15

Use the Get-OfflineAddressBook cmdlet to obtain the settings of one or more offline address books (OABs).


Get-OfflineAddressBook [-Identity <OfflineAddressBookIdParameter>] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-Organization <OrganizationIdParameter>]
Get-OfflineAddressBook -Server <ServerIdParameter> [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-Organization <OrganizationIdParameter>]

Detailed Description

If a parameter isn't passed with the Get-OfflineAddressBook cmdlet, the command returns all of the OABs in the organization. If the Identity parameter is passed, the command returns the OAB for the specified identity. If the Server parameter is passed, the command returns the OABs for the specified server.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can run this cmdlet. Although all parameters for this cmdlet are listed in this topic, you may not have access to some parameters if they're not included in the permissions assigned to you. To see what permissions you need, see the "Offline address books" entry in the Mailbox Permissions topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




The Server parameter specifies the GUID, domain name, or fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the server generating the OAB.




The DomainController parameter specifies the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the domain controller that retrieves data from Active Directory.




The Identity parameter specifies the GUID, distinguished name (DN), or OAB name that represents a specific OAB. You can also include the path using the format Server\OfflineAddressBookName.

You can omit the parameter label Identity so that only the OAB name or GUID is supplied.




This parameter is available for multi-tenant deployments. It isn't available for on-premises deployments. For more information about multi-tenant deployments, see Multi-Tenant Support.

The Organization parameter specifies the organization in which you'll perform this action. This parameter doesn't accept wildcard characters, and you must use the exact name of the organization.

Input Types

To see the input types that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Input Type field for a cmdlet is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t accept input data.

Return Types

To see the return types, which are also known as output types, that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Output Type field is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t return data.



This example uses the Get-OfflineAddressBook command without parameters to obtain all the configuration details of all the existing OABs.

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