I've got a project where we need to replace a number of public folders at a company and each public folder is currently using a custom outlook form.

I am leaning towards using SharePoint Contact lists to do this. I know that you can manually connect a SharePoint contact list to Outlook using the SharePoint ribbon button.

However, there are a large number of users at this company and we would like to automate this.

Is there a way to automatically connect a SharePoint contact list to Outlook by using Exchange server?


I have 2 computers, one with outlook, connected to exchange, with sharepoint lists. The other was just stand alone outlook. I added an exchange account to the second computer, and the sharepoint lists from the first were copied to it.

So i think this means that the sharepoint list settings are stored somewhere in exchange. But where they are stored, i could not find. There are a few ways to access exchange data.


I tried Exchange Web Services (2007 SP1), but could only really get the default exchange store for a user. And it had no sharepoint sync data in it i could see. The ExchangeSyncData and Subscriptions folders were empty where i expected at least some items of configuration.

If you have 2010, i would try this new method to see if it gets you the sharepoint list settings of a folder.


Failing that, you could create the contacts in exchange with:


It must be noted that if you use sharepoint lists for contacts then i dont think they will appear in OWA or the GAB

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.