Global Address List (GAL)

Definition of Global Address List (GAL) in Network Encyclopedia.

What is GAL (Global Address List)?

GAL (Global Address List) is a list of all recipients in a Microsoft Exchange Server organization. The Exchange directory service maintains the Global Address List (GAL) in the Exchange directory database. The GAL typically contains

  • Mailboxes
  • Custom recipients
  • Distribution lists
Global Address List (Exchange Management Console)
Global Address List

The GAL can be accessed by


Public folders are the only form of Exchange recipient not contained within the GAL.


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