Thumbnail Photos in Exchange 2010 and Office 2010

[tweetmeme source=”stalehansen” only_single=false]Finally there is a built in way to add thumbnails of people in Exchange and Global Addresslist. In earlier Exchange versions there were no function to import pictures in to schema and therefore a lot of different scripts and third party tools was designed to import pictures. Now we can deliver this as a part of any other Exchange project. Office 2010 is built around showing thumbnail photo of users in E-mail, Global Address List, Communicator, and all other office products where you find a username. This is really an important part of the Unified Communications experience

Here are some facts:

  • You need to activate the thumbnailPhoto attribute in schema to replicate to Global Catalog
  • The attribute is limited to 10K in size
  • The recommended thumbnail size is 96*96 pixels
  • In Exchange PowerShell use the cmdlet Import-RecipientDataProperty
    • Import-RecipientDataProperty -Identity “Bharat Suneja” -Picture -FileData ([Byte[]]$(Get-Content -Path “C:\pictures\BharatSuneja.jpg” -Encoding Byte -ReadCount 0))
  • After the thumbnails are uploaded you need to update OAB, so that it will point to AD for the images
    • Update-OfflineAddressBook “Default Offline Address Book”
  • For true offline use, you could modify the ConfiguredAttributes of an OAB to make thumbnailPhoto a Value attribute
    • This will increase the size of the OAB so it need to be tested before deployed

Anderson Patricio, MVP has created a script to automate this pocess:
GAL Photos: Frequently Asked Questions:
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