Q: How can I force my Lync clients to update their address book?

A: Lync clients will randomly download the address book update; however, you can force the update by using the following process:

1. Set the Lync client initial delay for address book download to 0: Start the registry editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Communicator, and create a new DWORD value named GalDownloadInitialDelay, then set the data to 0 and click OK.

2. Close the Lync client if it’s running and delete the GalContacts.db and GalContacts.db.idx files, which you will find in your profile (e.g., C:\Users\john117\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Communicator\[email protected] folder).

3. Start the Lync client, and the address book should download.

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