This article is for those looking for a detailed and clear guide on how to update the offline address book in Exchange Server 2013.

The offline address book is designed so that Microsoft Outlook users can view the address book even when they are not connected to the Exchange server. In addition, offline address books can help reduce the load on Exchange servers.

You can find out how to create offline address books in Exchange Server 2013 by reading my guide “Create an Offline Address Book in Exchange Server 2013”.

This guide uses Exchange Server 2013 without implementing fault tolerance. Exchange Server roles are installed on one server.

Click “Start”, point to “Exchange” in the search bar, then right-click on “Exchange Management Shell” and select “Run as administrator”.

Update the Offline Address Book in Exchange Server 2013

Let’s see the existing schedule for updating address books using the command:

Get-OfflineAddressBook | fl Name,Schedule

Update the Offline Address Book in Exchange Server 2013

Now let’s check when a specific OAB was last updated using the command:

Get-OfflineAddressBook "VMKH Offline Address Book" | fl Name,LastTouch*

Please note that this manual uses the “VMKH Offline Address Book” as the main offline address book.

Update the Offline Address Book in Exchange Server 2013

The following commands must be run on all Exchange servers.

Let’s update the global address list using the command:

Get-GlobalAddressList | Update-GlobalAddressList

Update the Offline Address Book in Exchange Server 2013

Update the Exchange OAB using the command:

Get-OfflineAddressBook | Update-OfflineAddressBook

Update the Offline Address Book in Exchange Server 2013

You can update a specific offline address book using the command:

Update-OfflineAddressBook -Identity "VMKH Offline Address Book"

Please note that this manual uses the “VMKH Offline Address Book” as the main offline address book.

Update the Offline Address Book in Exchange Server 2013

If you have Exchange Server 2010 installed, then to force the update of the offline address book, you will need to run one more command:

Get-ClientAccessServer | Update-FileDistributionService
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