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public folders and global contacts

    Question

  • Does the exchange migration tool also sync public folders and/or contacts?

    If not, what's the approach for moving that data up? 

    Friday, January 30, 2009 9:05 PM

Answers

  • For public folders there is no 'tool' to migrate these since there is no Exchange public folders in Microsoft Online.  However you can easily use Outlook to copy content from an Exchange public folder directly to a SharePoint site in Microsoft Online.  This is the current recomended migration option.

    For global contacts (contacts that appear in the GAL).  These come acorss with the directory sync tool as do distribution lists.

    Erik


    Erik Ashby - Sr. Program Manager - Microsoft
    Tuesday, February 03, 2009 7:07 PM
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  • For public folders there is no 'tool' to migrate these since there is no Exchange public folders in Microsoft Online.  However you can easily use Outlook to copy content from an Exchange public folder directly to a SharePoint site in Microsoft Online.  This is the current recomended migration option.

    For global contacts (contacts that appear in the GAL).  These come acorss with the directory sync tool as do distribution lists.

    Erik


    Erik Ashby - Sr. Program Manager - Microsoft
    Tuesday, February 03, 2009 7:07 PM
    Owner
  • In this case, my client has a contact list that was manually created in the public folders. There's about 2,500 contacts in there that they'd like to access as if they were all in a global access list in Exchange Online.

    Thanks for the tip on the document migration via outlook. I'll take a look at that option. :)
    Tuesday, February 03, 2009 11:26 PM
  • Brent,

    If you can get the 2500 contacts exported into a CSV format then you can import them all into AD which will in turn populate them into BPOS via the DirSync tool.
    Jeff Schertz, PointBridge | MVP | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging | MCTS: OCS
    Friday, February 06, 2009 6:20 PM
  • What we ended up doing was using SharePoint to host the contact list.

    First, we created a contact list in SharePoint. We then shared this list to an instance of outlook that was still associated with the on-premise exchange server. We then copied all the contacts from the old list to the new one and let Outlook sync them up to SharePoint (about 5-10 minutes). Once the sync was complete, we restarted Outlook but connected to Exchange Online. We then reshared the SharePoint list and let it sync back down.

    Bam! List migrated and still available. :)
    Wednesday, February 11, 2009 4:39 PM
  • What we ended up doing was using SharePoint to host the contact list.
    First, we created a contact list in SharePoint. We then shared this list to an instance of outlook that was still associated with the on-premise exchange server. We then copied all the contacts from the old list to the new one and let Outlook sync them up to SharePoint (about 5-10 minutes). Once the sync was complete, we restarted Outlook but connected to Exchange Online. We then reshared the SharePoint list and let it sync back down.

    I followed the above steps, it is working. But, every time of Synchronization, all items of Outlook folder are added (duplicated,triplicated, so on..) in the SharePoint list instead of updating. Please help.


    Friday, January 20, 2012 1:05 PM