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m4rtint 02-05-2008 10:20 AM

Why does my device sync with Public Contacts
Why does my device sync with Exchange Public Contacts.

I've been told on serveral occasions that this is not possible. But I can see public contacts on the handset.

I have even tried deleting the public contacts, deleting the BES user account and wiping the handset.

Whenever I do an Enterprise Activate (Wireless) the contacts re-appear.

Help!!, thanks

vhato 02-05-2008 10:39 AM

You don't want the Exchange Global Address List on your phone?

m4rtint 02-05-2008 11:17 AM

I do not want any contacts that reside in the Public Exchange folders on the phone.

amukhey 02-05-2008 12:19 PM

That sounds odd, are you sure they arent in your address book?

m4rtint 02-06-2008 06:52 AM

I'm sure I dont have over 2000 contacts in my local address book!!

vhato 02-06-2008 07:02 AM

Are you the BES Admin? If so you can remove the connection to the GAL (I don't remember how, but when at work I can look) and ALL users will lose that connection, but al BES functions will still work. Just no GAL lookup.

KOR 02-06-2008 09:28 AM

I would agree w/amukhey. Without using a third paryt piece of software, there's no way to sync Public Folders. I suggest wiping the device then removing the account from BES. Once you've done this, edit or add a Public Folder contact to the folder where you think the contacts in question are coming from and assign it to a category that you know isn't being used, e.g., "NoSync". Add the account back to BES and reactivate the device. Filter contacts by category. If you're getting Public Folder contacts, the "NoSync" category will be one of the filter options.

If you've found a way to natively sync Public Folders wirelessly, you'd better apply for a patent. That's something all of us on Exchange would love to see in the environment, out of the box.


sferical 02-06-2008 12:59 PM

Have you possibly got a copy of the public folder contacts in a secondary contacts folder in your Outlook? Any contacts folder which has 'Outlook Address Book' in it's property settings will get synced to the BlackBerry.

If this is the case just got the properties of the secondary contacts folder and untick 'Outlook Address Book'. Then wipe and re-activate your BlackBerry.

vhato 02-07-2008 07:09 AM

Is he talking about the Global Address List or Public Folder Contacts? Since it isn't possible to sync the Public folder I assume he is talking about the GAL.

m4rtint 02-08-2008 06:52 AM

It's not the GAL, there are only 40 people in there. There was a Public Contacts folder with over 2000 contacts. This is still appearing on the handsets. I have now deleted the contacts from the public folder, deleted the user account from bes and wiped the handset. Whenever I do an enterprise activate all 2000+ contacts sync whilst activating. I have no idea where these are coming from now, since I deleted the public folder contacts..

KOR 02-08-2008 09:32 AM

If you can't see the contacts in your mailbox, I've no idea where they're coming from. As a test, you might want to set up a dummy mailbox with nothing in it, then activate the device. I would guess that if the contacts don't show up upon activation, that they must be buried somewhere in the original user's mailbox.

Keep us posted. This is an interesting one.

markhatter 02-08-2008 09:40 AM


m4rtint 02-08-2008 10:50 AM

I can see the local contacts associated with the exchange mailbox + the public contacts too. I've check the besadmin exchange account and that has no contacts listed in outlook... Thought that may be causing problems as it has access to all exchange accounts.

m4rtint 02-08-2008 10:54 AM

Forgot to mention, it's happening on multiple devices/mailbox's too.

vhato 02-08-2008 06:14 PM

I know this doesn't help you at all.........but when you find out the it. I would LOVE to have your problem.

mikef1469 02-19-2008 03:40 PM

I also would love to know how to duplicate your "problem". I'd kill to be able to sync public folders wirelessly. I would call BES Support and see if they can get to the bottom of it with you.

If you don't have paid support, you can take the PIN from any device, register for a free Express Server (you don't have to actually setup that server) and you'll get a free support case with Blackberry.

hdawg 02-19-2008 03:49 PM

Call RIM; this makes no sense ... BES does not do this.

Advan 05-21-2008 12:23 PM

Are you using Add2Exchange
This could happen if your admin has set up Add2Exchange? This program will copy any calendar contact or task from a public folder to your private default or some subfolder of your contacts and it will show up in your private and BES copies it to the handheld. From your thread it sounds like you removed the mailbox and public folder so this is probably not the case, but if it is set up, then this would happen exactly the way you describe. A2E works ahead of Blackberry, from the public to the private with any kind of relationship and conflict resolution you want, so you can essentially edit a public folder item from the handheld - if you want that kind of thing to happen. We have a public contact folder with pictures of the employees on it, and public to private relationships so when someone calls, the picture of the person shows up... kind of wow factor for the users. If they delete it, it will recopy.

does this explain your issue?
it is at Software 800-837-8636: Outlook Calendar, Contact, Task Sync, PDA & Smartphone Sync Software, CRM

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