Outlook Social Connector and AD Pics

Posted on 2011-10-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I've finally upgraded my domain to Windows 2008 R2 and Exchange to 2010 SP1. I wanted to utilize the user pictures functionality now so that everyone's mug shows up in Outlook. Since we are still using Outlook 2007, I found that the only way to make this happen is to use the Outlook Social Connector. I first got all of my user pics resized to 96x96 and under 10 KB each and then used the following command to import each one:

Import-RecipientDataProperty -Identity "Chris Thomas" -Picture -FileData ([Byte[]]$(Get-Content -Path "C:\userpics\cthomas.jpg" -Encoding Byte -ReadCount 0))

(I have also been using this app to help the process along a bit:

When I look up my user account with ADSI edit, I can see that I have an entry in the thumbnailPhoto attribute, although I don't speak hex so I can't really read it. Ha ha. My problem is that the photo never shows up in Outlook. I have the latest connector installed and working fine but the user pic just isn't there. I have been unsuccessful with finding information online to help me troubleshoot this problem so I'm not exactly sure where the problem is.

Has anyone successfully implemented this feature? I appreciate any help that can be provided.

Question by:HarkinsIT

    Author Comment

    Everything works great if I turn off cached mode in Outlook but I don't want to do that.  Is it possible to get this working without using cached mode?
    LVL 47

    Expert Comment

    Try turnning off Cached Exchange Mode
    The rename the Outlook.ost ot Outlook.old

    Turn Cached Exchang mode back on to recreate the OST


    Accepted Solution

    For future generations that come across this same issue, the problem was that you need to change the thumbnailPhoto from an Indicator to a Value attribute in the OAB.  This site helped me out:

    Admin, you can close this ticket.


    Author Closing Comment

    I found my own solution.

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