3. Using personal contact lists on Nexus

In the section on searching the GAL we mentioned that when you open Address Book and select your Nexus account from the list of groups in the left hand pane you will see two groups listed with your Nexus name. The group that is shown with an icon that is a blue book with an i on the cover is the University-wide GAL whilst the group with your Nexus account name preceded by a brown book icon with an @ symbol on the cover is your personal address book stored on the Nexus server. To check that you have selected the correct group take note of the text that appears in the right most pane: if you see the text Search [your Nexus account name] Global Address List then you have selected the University-wide GAL, if you see the text No Card Selected then you are in your personal address book on the Nexus server.

You can create and manage personal contact lists on Nexus in exactly the same way that you have always created and managed your locally stored contact lists in Address Book. The only difference is that if you store your personal contact lists in Address Book on Nexus they will be available to you however you are accessing Nexus. For example, if you are away from your computer and are consequently accessing Nexus via OWA (the web interface) you would still have access to the personal contact lists that you have created in Address Book under your Nexus account.

To illustrate this the figure below shows that we have created a contact in Address Book, in this case the contact is called Test Contact:

Address Book showing contact created in personal contact list within Nexus

This figure shows that when we now login to Nexus via OWA and select the Contacts view we can see the newly created Test Contact (shown here as Contact, Test) within the OWA interface:

OWA interface showing contact created using Address Book

In summary, unless you specifically want a personal contact list to be only visible on your computer it makes sense to store them on the Nexus server so that they are available to you however you are accessing Nexus.

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