So you may remember the call for help that led to the article How to add public folders to the list of contacts in Outlook:
We currently have several public folders which contain email address and contact information for people outside of our company that we want to keep up with.
I would like to put these in the All Contacts list on the server, so everyone can open it and reference it when sending email.
The only thing I can find it to put them in Active Directory so they can be on the list. Surely there is another way to get this done, but how.
I also am not opposed to manually typing them in (and weeding out old contacts), but don't feel very comfortable putting 800 outsiders in my AD.
Having proposed the solution in the above link, I then got back the following reply:
Thanks David for the reply. I have some address books in the public folder that I have done that to, but was trying to move away from the public folder and have the addresses included in the "All Contacts" under the "All Addresses" section for the organization.
Is there a way to do that?
Well there is a way - there is a huge difference between a contact in Active Directory and a User. If you add “contacts” to the AD they will appear in the address lists. Personally, I would suggest that to avoid anyone accidently sending a mail to a customer instead of someone internally you did not merge the two lists together, but you could export your contacts via Outlook and then use a script to load them into AD as contacts.
A scripted way to add contacts from a CSV or Excel file can be found at http://computerperformance.co.uk/vbscript/vbscript_contact_create.htm#Example_2:_Script_to_create_a_Contact_from_Spreadsheet_Data_
Fri, Apr 13 2007 12:01 AM