Is it possible to see where the oab files are located Outlook uses?

by Ilse Van Criekinge [Published on 20 May 2010 / Last Updated on 8 July 2009]

Is it possible to see where the oab files are located Outlook uses?

Yes. If you want to know the location from where your Outlook profile retrieves its Offline Address Book entries, you just need to create a new mail message, click on To. You will get a pop-up windows entitled Select Names, and there you can right-click the Global Address List, and select Properties. You will then be shown the Microsoft Exchange Address Book Provider, and see the current server, which will show the location of your Offline Address Book files, and the directory hierarchy path for that container, that is by default set to the Global Address List.


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The Author — Ilse Van Criekinge

Ilse Van Criekinge is an ICT Consultant-Trainer at Global Knowledge Belgium. As an MCT since 2001, Ilse has offered several companies guidance in their Exchange deployments, and auditing their disaster recovery capabilities. For the last three years she has ignited an enthusiasm within many IT Professionals with the power of Microsoft Unified Communications, delivering training and co-founding a new user group in Belgium Ilse has been awarded the Exchange MVP award since April 2007. She has coauthored the Exchange Exam Prep Guide for Sybex, and has written “Exchange Management Shell: TFM” for SAPIEN. Ilse won the Microsoft Speaker Idol contest in Barcelona 2007.