Connecting GALS

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We run Exch 2k3 in native mode, and acquired a company running Exch 5.5. The companies will run independently in their own domains, but we need to have the ability to see each other's GAL. For example, in Outlook, we should have a GAL for Arkansas (Exch 5.5) and a GAL for Arizona (Exch 2k3). Also, this data should syncronize as users are added and removed. How do I make this happen with the least amount of upgrading?
ASKED: November 28, 2006  3:58 PM
UPDATED: December 1, 2006  10:34 AM

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You might benefit from the Microsoft Identity Integration Server product http://support.microsoft.com/kb/839049/en-us

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  • Mortree
    Well if you at least merged your two domains under one AD forest you would have a lot more options. Even forest trusts might open some possiblities. But as long as you run two separate Excahnge Organziations I suspect you will just have to script GAL exports and imports. That could be driven by an Exchange event. Some where in the middle your script will need to massage the exported data to exclude contacts from the importing domain and make sure mailbox addresses from the exporting domain will correctly import as contacts in the other domain. Alternatively...you can publish the data from each orgainzation as an LDAP directory on the Internet -- one that requires logon if you are concerned about privacy and SPAM. Then you can add that into your Outlook accounts info. Never done this myself but I guess it works.
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  • Mortree
    Look under Outlook - Address Book -- Tools -- Accounts to see how you would use published LDAP dirrectories to add each companies AD info to your address book.
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  • Mpenrod
    I've researched this further, and Microsoft Identity Integration Server won't work because I'm working with one NT domain and one 2k3 domain. We've discussed the possibility of "beginning and pausing" the upgrade of their domain after setting up an ADC connector, but I don't think we should do that with autonomous shops indefinitly. So, as near as I can tell, using the InterOrg tool is my best bet. I've never used this. Can anybody speak from experience on this?
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