Friday, January 25, 2008

OWA GAL Search

Found a useful wee add-on for Microsoft Entourage called OWA GAL Search, which allows you to search a Microsoft Exchange Server's Global Address List (GAL) via Outlook Web Access (OWA). Well it is useful, assuming you use Entourage in an Exchange environment.

When Entourage is configured to connect to an Exchange account, it uses LDAP to talk to the directory server. Generally if you're outside the office network, then you can't connect to the GAL without first making a VPN connection into the network. OWA GAL Search allows Entourage to search the GAL via OWA. As long as you have Entourage configured correctly and can connect to your email account using the web, then Entourage can lookup email addresses for you

As anyone unfortunate enough to have to rely on using Entourage knows, it sucks at mostly everything and is a really poor substitute for Outlook 2003/2007 on Windows. OWA GAL Search makes living with it a little more tolerable.

It's compatible with Office 2004 and Office 2008 for Macintosh, although I haven't got hold of the latter one yet to try to it out. I'm hoping the Entourage application has improved over the 2004 version, but wouldn't be difficult.

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