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Outlook Social Connector and AD Pics

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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: http://www.cjwdev.co.uk/Software/ADPhotoEdit/Info.html)

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.

-Chris
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by:HarkinsIT
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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?
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by:apache09
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Try turnning off Cached Exchange Mode
The rename the Outlook.ost ot Outlook.old

Turn Cached Exchang mode back on to recreate the OST



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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: http://www.exchangeinbox.com/article.aspx?i=156&t=1&p=2.

Admin, you can close this ticket.

Thanks.
-Chris
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by:HarkinsIT
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I found my own solution.
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