Where is the GAL actually stored in AD?

I always assumed in was inside of the GC. Is this correct? I know clients must query the GC in order to access the GAL, but is the GAL inside of the GC?

Where would I go to view it in adsiedit?



Configuration [.contoso.com]



◦CN=Microsoft Exchange


◦CN=Address Lists Container

◦CN=All Global Address Lists


  • That's weird, In adsiedit I can expand Configuration>Services>Microsoft Exchange, but under that I only see one node "CN=MYDOMAIN". Should I have all of these objects (OrganizationName,Address Lists Container, All Global Address Lists) under the Microsoft Exchange object because I do not see them. – red888 May 17 '16 at 15:02
  • Could it be that I do not have access to view those objects? – red888 May 17 '16 at 15:03
  • @red888 does get-globaladdresslist -Identity "Default Global Address List" | format-list return something ? It's indeed strange, as it's supposed to be there, and like you told, you need an admin account to view. (not sure if exchange admin or domain enterprise admin there) – yagmoth555 May 17 '16 at 15:14

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