Syncing Local Active Directory Contacts


Previously we have always created external mail contact objects in Exchange online, but I may have a need to author them in Active Directory and sync them via Azure AD Connect instead. I haven't done this previously, and most of the information I can find on creating on-premises mail enabled contacts illustrates this using Exchange tools. 


Can we successfully create Active Directory contact objects and sync them to Exchange Online? If so, what attributes would we use to specify the organization email address and the external email address?



3 Replies

I am working on GALSync for o365, but our active directory isnt Azured yet. 

Is there a way I could sync contacts by using o365 and normal active directory? 

Hi Shya09


Yes, you can sync users, distribution lists and external contacts between Office 365 and local active directory by using Azure AD Connect. Please see here:


Best, Chris