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    When a user's account is disabled in Active Directory, can it be hidden from the Global Address List?
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    Re: Remove inactive users from Global Address List?

    Hiding it from the GAL is just another option on the user account properties dialog on one of the Exchange tabs (assuming of course you're using the Exchange version of Active Directory Users and Computers).


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      Re: Remove inactive users from Global Address List?

      Disabling an account does not hide it from the GAL. If you want an account to be removed from the GAL then you need to specifically set that option.
      The reason is that a mailbox can still be active even when the account is disabled.

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      • #4
        Re: Remove inactive users from Global Address List?

        Originally posted by RobW View Post
        When a user's account is disabled in Active Directory, can it be hidden from the Global Address List?
        You can script it. Create a script that'll query the AD for users that have not logged on since X days (might be a bit difficult, depending on the number of DCs you have). Then pipe that output to another script that hides the users from the GAL. The attribute you need is msExchHideFromAddressLists.
        Cheers,

        Daniel Petri
        Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
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