Applies to: Exchange Server 2013
Topic Last Modified: 2012-10-16
The hierarchical address book (HAB) is a feature in Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 and Microsoft Outlook that enables end users to browse for recipients in their Exchange organization using an organizational hierarchy. In most Exchange 2013 deployments, users are limited to the default global address list (GAL) and its associated recipient properties. Additionally, the structure of the GAL often doesn't accurately reflect the management or seniority relationships among recipients in your organization. Being able to customize an HAB that maps to your organization's unique business structure provides your users with an efficient method for locating internal recipients.
Using hierarchical address books
In an HAB, your root organization (for example, Contoso, Ltd) is used as the top-level tier. Under this top-level tier, you can add several child tiers to create a customized HAB that's segmented by division, department, or any other organizational tier you want to specify. The following figure illustrates an HAB for Contoso, Ltd with the following structure:
- The top-level tier represents the root organization Contoso,
- The second-level child tiers represent the business divisions
within Contoso, Ltd: Corporate Office, Product Support
Organization, and Sales & Marketing Organization.
- The third-level child tiers represent departments within the
Corporate Office division: Human Resources, Accounting Group, and
You can provide an additional level of hierarchical structure by using the SeniorityIndex parameter. When creating an HAB, use the SeniorityIndex parameter to rank individual recipients or organizational groups by seniority within these organizational tiers. This ranking specifies the order in which the recipients or groups are displayed in the HAB. For example, in the preceding example, the SeniorityIndex parameter for the recipients in the Corporate Office division is set to the following:
100for David Hamilton
50for Rajesh M. Patel
25for Amy Alberts
|If the SeniorityIndex parameter isn't set or is equal for two or more users, the HAB sorting order uses the PhoneticDisplayName parameter value to list the users in ascending alphabetical order. If the PhoneticDisplayName parameter value isn't set, the HAB sorting order defaults to the DisplayName parameter value and lists the users in ascending alphabetical order.|
Configuring hierarchical address books
Detailed instructions for creating HABs are included in the topic Enable or Disable Hierarchical Address Books. The general steps are as follows:
- Create a distribution group that will be used for the root
organization (top-level tier). If desired, you can use an existing
organizational unit in your Exchange forest for the distribution
- Create distribution groups for the child tiers and designate
them as members of the HAB. Modify the SeniorityIndex
parameter of these groups so they're listed in the proper
hierarchical order within the root organization.
- Add organization members. Modify the SeniorityIndex
parameter of the members so they're listed in the proper
hierarchical order within the child tiers.
- For accessibility purposes, you can use the
PhoneticDisplayName parameter, which specifies a phonetic
pronunciation of the DisplayName parameter.