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Searching Outlook Global Address book by phone Number, employee position

June 12, 2013 4 comments

Searching Outlook Global Address book by phone Number, title …

By default outlook global address book search is enabled on few attributes like givenName, surname, displayName, EmailAddress,Alias etc . If you want to search outlook address book using different attribute field like telephone number ,position that may be beneficial in your environment, then the ‘ANR’ function has to be enabled on the attribute field.

What is ANR (Ambiguous Name Resolution )?

ANR is the ability of an Exchange/LDAP client to determine information based on partial data

When using an Outlook, a user might enter partial data in the From, To, CC or Bcc fields. The client, with the help of the Exchange directory will try to match the partial data and provide the address of the matching object.. If an exact match is found then the address representing the matching object will be auto completed.

How to enable Searching outlook Global Address book by phone number & Position…

Enable “Index this attribute in the active directory” and “Ambiguous Name Resolution” in Domain controller holding Schema Master

To activate the Schema MMC snap-in follows these steps:

1. Login to Domain controller with Schema admin permissions

2. Open Start>Run>MMC

3. Open the ‘Console’ menu and choose ‘Add/Remove Snap-in’.

4. Click ‘Add’ and choose the ‘Active Directory Schema’.

5. Click ‘Add’.

6. Click ‘Close’.

7. Expand the ‘Active Directory Schema’.

8. Open ‘Attributes”

Enable ANR to search in outlook using "Telephone-number"

9. Search for "Telephone-number" — properties.

10. Click to select the “Index this attribute in the active directory” and “Ambiguous Name Resolution” check box.

Enable ANR to search in outlook using "title"

1) Search for "title" — properties.

2) Click to select the “Index this attribute in the active directory” and “Ambiguous Name Resolution” check box.

Once AD Replication is complete, you can Search Global address book by telephone number , employee title..

Note : Please follow the same procedure if require to enable other attributes

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