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Outlook 2010 thumbnailPhoto in Active Directory

While testing Outlook 2010 on Exchange 2010, I found the GAL now supports photos (out of the box… almost)

Requirements (GAL Photos in Exchange 2010 and Outlook 2010):

  • Outlook 2010 (Note: Exchange 2010 OWA doesn’t retrieve AD photos).
  • AD forest upgraded to support 2008 domain controllers (adprep, not Function Level).
  • Modify the thumbnailPhoto attribute in AD schema to replicate to the Global Catalog.

Uploading photos into AD can be done using the Exchange cmdlet: Import-RecipientDataProperty, but is limited to a max 10k photo size.

Import-RecipientDataProperty -Identity Michael -Picture -FileData ([Byte[]]$(Get-Content -Path "S:\Staff_Photos\Michael.jpg" -Encoding Byte -ReadCount 0))

I came across this free tool: ADPhotoEdit which can push the size limit to 100k and has a pretty awesome gui. There is a paid version which includes bulk features.

Update: Outlook 2003-2007 can access the thumbnailPhoto if  the Outlook Social Connector is installed and the thumbnailPhoto property in OAB is changed from an indicator to a value. (Updating OABDeploying OSC)

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