There is a compromise when searching the Microsoft Exchange Server Global Address List from an i Phone.
If you are a system admin that is on the lookout for ways to optimize the smartphone experience, GAL search maybe a weak link.
If you enter that URL in a browser, you should be prompted for your Exchange credentials.
This blog dives into topics related to Unified Contact Management for smartphones in the enterprise.
Outlook does not use OS X Directory Services stack Im referring to the Outlook setting located here Outlook While this isn't exactly what you're looking for, this should be a good read for you: have seen that MS Tech Net document, thank you @jonnydford. I'm using Office 365, so I can only show you what I get from that (below).
It covers only Outlook 2011 (which may have the same behavior as Outlook 2016, but the data caches certainly live in different locations) I tried to flush caches what I think is the correct location for Outlook 2016: ~/Library/Containers/com.microsoft. Outlook/ However, Im not sure if this where the GAL directory settings live. I expect it's a bit more understandable with an on-prem Exchange server.
This will update contact information, pictures, phone numbers, etc. Now you have the most up-to-date information from Active Directory in your local address book. Under Send/Receive Groups, you should see an option to "Download Address Book." Now you will be prompted for a few options, and you can choose to update from the Global Address List (this is how your AD should push out contacts). I download the full address book and it loads for a couple of seconds. I open some contact which I haven't updated yet, click on update - it is updated.
When you have Cached Exchange Mode enabled, Outlook by will by default cache the main Global Address List as well.
It addresses business continuity, emergency preparedness, DR, productivity, and employee reachability.
Closely integrated with Microsoft Exchange Server and Outlook, the blog will be of interest to IT administrators, architects and managers with hundreds or thousands of smartphones.
The Microsoft Exchange default is for this to update at 5 AM each morning.
In addition, if you are using Microsoft Outlook 2010 in cached mode it may be storing an out-of-date copy of the GAL.