Luke from this week’s class inquired if it’s any different process in Ex 2010 in forcing the OAB to be updated instead of waiting till 4am the next day! Sure is Luke, here it is straight from TechNet!

Applies to: Exchange Server 2010 Topic Last Modified: 2009-10-01

You can use the EMC or the Shell to update an offline address book (OAB). After you create an OAB or modify OAB settings, the changes aren’t available to users until the OAB generation (OABGen) process has completed.

For information about how to create OABs, see Create an Offline Address Book.

Looking for other management tasks related to OABs? Check out Managing Offline Address Books.

  Use the EMC to update an offline address book

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Offline address books" entry in the Mailbox Permissions topic.

  1. In the console tree, navigate to Organization Configuration > Mailbox.
  2. In the result pane, click the Offline Address Book tab, and then click the OAB that you want to update.
  3. In the action pane, click Update.
  4. A warning appears. Click Yes to update the OAB.

  Use the Shell to update an offline address book

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Offline address books" entry in the Mailbox Permissions topic.

To update an OAB, use the following syntax.

Update-OfflineAddressBook -Identity <OfflineAddressBookIdParameter>

This example updates the OAB named My OAB.

Update-OfflineAddressBook -Identity "My OAB"

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Update-OfflineAddressBook.

Use the Update-OfflineAddressBook cmdlet to update the offline address books (OABs) used by Microsoft Outlook clients.

  Syntax


Update-OfflineAddressBook -Identity <OfflineAddressBookIdParameter> [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

  Parameters

Parameter
Identity

Required

Microsoft.Exchange.Configuration.Tasks.OfflineAddressBookIdParameter

The Identity parameter specifies the GUID, distinguished name (DN), or OAB name that represents a specific OAB. You can also include the path by using the format ServerOfflineAddressBookName.

You can omit the parameter label Identity so that only the OAB name or GUID is supplied.

Confirm

Optional

System.Management.Automation.SwitchParameter

The Confirm switch can be used to suppress the confirmation prompt that appears by default when this cmdlet is run. To suppress the confirmation prompt, use the syntax -Confirm:$False. You must include a colon ( : ) in the syntax.

DomainController

Optional

Microsoft.Exchange.Data.Fqdn

The DomainController parameter specifies the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the domain controller that writes this configuration change to Active Directory.

WhatIf

Optional

System.Management.Automation.SwitchParameter

The WhatIf switch instructs the command to simulate the actions that it would take on the object. By using the WhatIf switch, you can view what changes would occur without having to apply any of those changes. You don’t have to specify a value with the WhatIf switch.

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