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Brittan

I'm missing about half my contacts in BCM. I have a backup of an older

Outlook file that is saved to CSV. I can import it into outlook but then

when I drag and drop contacts into BCM I get all duplicates on the names I

still have in BCM. Is there a better way to do this so I don't have to

delete all the duplicates?

I have 1400 contacts so deleting duplicates would take a long time.
 
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Leonid S. Knyshov // SBS Expert

On 3/1/2010 7:02 PM, Brittan wrote:
> I'm missing about half my contacts in BCM. I have a backup of an older
> Outlook file that is saved to CSV. I can import it into outlook but then
> when I drag and drop contacts into BCM I get all duplicates on the names I
> still have in BCM. Is there a better way to do this so I don't have to
> delete all the duplicates?

> I have 1400 contacts so deleting duplicates would take a long time.


I troubleshoot duplicate contacts using the Excel 2007 remove duplicates

feature.

It's a little tricky, but in a nutshell, I would do an export of BCM and

an export of Outlook contacts.

I would then overlay the data in both files so the fields for name and

e-mail addresses line up.

BCM data would be on the top and Outlook data would follow.

I'd usually also colorize the cells to visually see which contacts

something belongs to.

After that, I'd run the remove duplicates feature on the column. It will

keep the first match it finds and delete every other match.

Then I'd import that file, after some additional cleanup back into BCM.

Leonid S. Knyshov

 
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Brittan

That sounds like a great plan but the other problem I'm having is whenever I

import or export BCM it shuts down outlook. I don't have any problems with

import/export of normal outlook databases just the BCM database. Any

thoughts to another option?
 
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Leonid S. Knyshov // SBS Expert

On 3/2/2010 2:12 PM, Brittan wrote:
> That sounds like a great plan but the other problem I'm having is whenever I
> import or export BCM it shuts down outlook. I don't have any problems with
> import/export of normal outlook databases just the BCM database. Any
> thoughts to another option?


I would fix the export problem. Are your BCM backups completing

successfully?

There are lots of tools to deal with duplicates available, by the way.

I've tested some of them, but I really prefer my Excel approach even

though it's not for everyone.

Which BCM are we working with anyway? I am assuming 2007, but correct me

if that's wrong.

Anyway, I am done with this thread, let's work on your other issue in

your other thread.

Leonid S. Knyshov

 
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