Applies to: Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Online

Topic Last Modified: 2012-10-14

You can use the Shell to update a global address list (GAL). A GAL is a directory that contains entries for every group, user, and contact within an organization's implementation of Microsoft Exchange.

For additional management tasks related to address lists, see Address List Procedures.

What do you need to know before you begin?

  • Estimated time to complete each procedure: 5 minutes.

  • You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure or procedures. To see what permissions you need, see the "Address lists" entry in the Email Address and Address Book Permissions topic.

  • You can’t use the Exchange Administration Center (EAC) to perform this procedure. You must use the Shell.

  • For information about keyboard shortcuts that may apply to the procedures in this topic, see Keyboard Shortcuts in the Exchange Admin Center.

Having problems? Ask for help in the Exchange forums. Visit the forums at: Exchange Server, Exchange Online, or Exchange Online Protection

Use the Shell to update a GAL

This example updates a GAL for the Fourth Coffee company.

Running this command only starts the update process. It may take several hours for the GAL to be updated.
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Update-GlobalAddressList -Identity "Fourth Coffee"

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