Importing a previously saved address book
If you have access to a previously saved address book (file extensions *.ADR; *.ADR11; *.ALI) and would like to import it as your address book, complete the following steps:
1. On the Home tab, in the Tools group, click Discover Names.
2. Click the Import Aliases button.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions that appear.
After completing this task:
If you own multiple Observer licenses/installations, consider building an address book on one machine and then securely distribute it to other machines for importing. This can save you time and effort.
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The format of address entries in an .ali file is:
MACaddress, IP, alias
where MACaddress is the MAC address, IP is the Internet Protocol dot address, and alias is the alias by which you want the system to be known. Note that entries are separated by commas. If you want to specify a MAC Address/Alias pair without an IP, the format is:
MACaddress, , alias
Note the two commas separated by a space. You can specify the MAC address with or without colons, as long as the format is consistent within the .ali file. Leading zeros are allowed but not required. For example
00:00:C0:87:49:45,, router1 00:00:C0:13:4B:33,, Sue’s Accounting PC
0000C08B4194, 175.203.57. 8, John C0134B33 Roman
The alias can be no longer than 17 characters.
The Replace aliases with newly discovered name option will replace any existing MAC address/alias pairs in the Address Table with the entry found in the .ali file. If this option is left unchecked, any pair of existing MAC address/alias entries are not overwritten. Existing IP address and comment fields are never overwritten by the Import Aliases action.