locked
Email address field RRS feed

  • Question

  • What function if any does the email address field in the general tab  in a user AD object have?

    thanks

    Pat

    Thursday, December 10, 2015 2:09 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    This field isn't used directly from the Active Directory system for any technical function. Needless to say that it is indeed an important info attribute when a mail system is in place and this information is provided to other users in global address lists or stuff like that. This is the reason for having the mail attribute in the global catalog by default.

    For users with an Exchange mailbox the real recipient addresses for email are stored in the multivalue attribute proxyAddresses. When proxyAddresses is changed manually with admin tools or by a recipient policy, the systems sets automatically the the value of attribute mail to the primary SMTP address.

    Please let me know if this helps.

    Thanks,

    Arindam

    • Proposed as answer by Mai AliMVP Thursday, December 10, 2015 5:44 PM
    • Marked as answer by Mary Dong Tuesday, December 15, 2015 1:43 AM
    Thursday, December 10, 2015 2:20 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    This field isn't used directly from the Active Directory system for any technical function. Needless to say that it is indeed an important info attribute when a mail system is in place and this information is provided to other users in global address lists or stuff like that. This is the reason for having the mail attribute in the global catalog by default.

    For users with an Exchange mailbox the real recipient addresses for email are stored in the multivalue attribute proxyAddresses. When proxyAddresses is changed manually with admin tools or by a recipient policy, the systems sets automatically the the value of attribute mail to the primary SMTP address.

    Please let me know if this helps.

    Thanks,

    Arindam

    • Proposed as answer by Mai AliMVP Thursday, December 10, 2015 5:44 PM
    • Marked as answer by Mary Dong Tuesday, December 15, 2015 1:43 AM
    Thursday, December 10, 2015 2:20 PM
  • The attributes "mail" and "proyAddresses" are to be set together. The value of "mail" has to be the primary SMTP address from "proxyAddresses" in case you have Exchange Server.

    It's also important if you want to move to cloud and sync all users on cloud using dirsync. because the mail attribute is so important in yammer.


    Please remember, if you see a post that helped you please click "Vote As Helpful" and if it answered your question, please click "Mark As Answer" Mai Ali | My blog:Technical | Twitter: Mai Ali

    Thursday, December 10, 2015 5:44 PM
  • thanks for the reply
    Tuesday, December 29, 2015 12:06 PM