Import Personal Distribution Lists from Outlook

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The Zimbra Migration Wizard does not include the ability to import Personal Distribution Lists (PDLs) from Outlook. The following is known to work on:

  • Outlook 2000
  • Outlook 2003
  • Outlook 2007

1. Open the distribution list in your Outlook Address Book

2. Go to File > Save as..

3. Change file type to txt to save as plain text

4. Parse file for email addresses using a perl script or an online tool:

perl -wne'while(/[\w\.\-]+@[\w\.\-]+\w+/g){print "$&\n"}' emails.txt | sort -u > output.txt

5. Copy resulting emails

6. In Zimbra Address Book begin creating a new "Contact Group"

7. In the "Group Members" field paste email address, ensuring you have one per line

8. Save and enjoy

Note: This method does not require, or create, contacts for each member of your group.

Verified Against: Outlook 2000, 2003, and 2007 Date Created: 8/13/2007
Article ID: Date Modified: 03/24/2015
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