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  • Unique Identifiers for Exchange 2007

    Hi I have a 2007 Exchange server
    we have a 3rd party company that is creating a contact/content management system that is web based which will allow us to create contacts in Exchange/Address books, and it synchs up with the 3rd party companies end.
    I think the software they are using is called PRISM


    this is what they have asked me to do and there comments

    " In order to make sure that we can synch records back with Exchange correctly, we will need a unique identifier for each account. Does Exchange assign an ID number to contacts, or is the Alias guaranteed to be unique?"

    " We could use email as an identifier but this is not the most ideal method because as there could be duplicates in your DB, and not all accounts may have an email.any more info for us regarding the ability to push updates to Exchange server?

    " We agreed that the best way to deal with this issue would be to see if there was a item number we could use per record. This way when we add a new item in Prism there would be an automatic increment to the last available number. These unique identifiers will not be used in any other way than to differentiate reach record and act as the number that connects the record in both Prism and Exchange. Any thoughts on this?"


    let me know if anyone has any thoughts

  • #2
    Re: Unique Identifiers for Exchange 2007

    Both alias and email address are unique. Exchange will not allow two objects to have the same email address, ditto for alias.

    However, if you are talking about items in the Contacts folder in Outlook, then as far as I am aware, there is nothing unique about those that can be queried. You can create your own user defined field if you wish.

    Simon.
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    • #3
      Re: Unique Identifiers for Exchange 2007

      Sembee thanks!
      another question that is related to this.

      The 3rd party IT guys do not want to do testing on the live Exchange 2007 box, they want me to create a second instance of exchange that they can test/lab out and if all goes well then they can proceed to the live box.
      I have no idea how to do this...

      we use Exchange 2007 sp2, Std64bit on Windows 2008 x64

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      • #4
        Re: Unique Identifiers for Exchange 2007

        Create a test environment, you need at least one domain controller and one Exchange 2007 server.

        Depending on the network you want to put this test environment in you have to change probably the used names for the domain and the Exchange organisation.

        For Exchange 2007 you can use the 32-Bit version which doesn't require a lizenz.

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        • #5
          Re: Unique Identifiers for Exchange 2007

          Sembee....
          the other IT techs want me to give them a coopy of our Exchange 2007 DB - so they can create this in there test environment so they can test it all out to ensure the updates are working ok...
          how do I go abouts making a copy of the Exchange DB, or giving them the second instance as they want?

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          • #6
            Re: Unique Identifiers for Exchange 2007

            Having a copy of the database is easy enough.
            Using it though is a different matter. Exchange is very sensitive to the domain, Exchange org etc. You would have to do a complete DR.

            Simon.
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            Simon Butler
            Exchange MVP

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            • #7
              Re: Unique Identifiers for Exchange 2007

              ok, so how abouts do i make a copy of the database?

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