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How to bullk import users images for use in Outlook

Need to know How to bulk import users pictures into Active Directory
I need to be able to bulk import users pictures into AD so that they show up in the users outlook.
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Kevin StanushApplication DeveloperCommented:
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vmichAuthor Commented:
There has to be a way via Microsoft to do this is there not?
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Kevin StanushApplication DeveloperCommented:
Sure, using Windows Powershell, but its more cumbersome.  Google for 'powershell add photo to active directory' for many examples.  Before Powershell, 3rd party tools were the only way to do this, but if you want an easy to use GUI, you need to use something non-Microsoft.
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vmichAuthor Commented:
So the Codetwo software is free and is a good product?
I have never used it before so just want to be sure.
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Kevin StanushApplication DeveloperCommented:
Its a highly popular product for doing this and there is good technical information to go along with it.
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CodeTwo SoftwareSoftware DeveloperCommented:
Hi,
Thanks for the mention! To import user photos without third-party tools, you can use the PowerShell and the Set-UserPhoto cmdlet. There are even ready-to-use scripts for bulk photo upload.
Nonetheless, using CodeTwo Active Directory Photos will let you import users' photos easier and quicker. The freeware can automatically match photos to users, lets you browse through all the pictures in the AD and resizes graphics so that they match the AD requirements.
Hope you like it!
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Naveen SharmaCommented:
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vmichAuthor Commented:
Does it matter which server I install the CodeTwo software?
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CodeTwo SoftwareSoftware DeveloperCommented:
It does not really matter. You can install the freeware directly on the Exchange Server or even on a client machine and then provide your administrator's credentials to upload users' photos.
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vmichAuthor Commented:
I just tried a test on 2 users and it shows them as having pictures but I don't see them in their outlook
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vmichAuthor Commented:
Ok I can add the users manually codetwo but they don't seem to want to go in with automatch. Should this not work
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CodeTwo SoftwareSoftware DeveloperCommented:
Have you resolved the issue where the pictures are not displayed in Outlook? Sometimes, using the Exchange Cached mode seems to delay the of users' photos appearance in Outlook and GAL.
Automatch and managing multiple photos should work without a problem. Just remember to name the pictures so that the program can apply a matching pattern and store all photos in a single folder without any subfolders.
You can see a detailed walkthrough of how to add users' photos in bulk in this article.
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vmichAuthor Commented:
No thanks I got that working but I cant seem to get the users to come in with the automatch. I select the user and the select import and select the fold where the file is that contains the pictures but it just brings a list up and show then as unmatched. It will let me click on one at a time and upload the photo but we have to many users to do it that way.
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Kevin StanushApplication DeveloperCommented:
You need to provide a real example of actual data that you are using for your match and what directory attribute you are trying to match against.
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vmichAuthor Commented:
The users pictures are in a excel file with the jpg for each photo and then I have tried to select everything from first name to last name or email etc, which ever options are listed there.
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vmichAuthor Commented:
Sorry I meant I got the jpg files from a word doc
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vmichAuthor Commented:
Ok Codetwo, I read that doc you sent and it is a good doc but I still cant get the auto to work.
The users names show up in your software as last name, first name under common name. Like I said I have tried every option for the import photos to get this to work but no luck.
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CodeTwo SoftwareSoftware DeveloperCommented:
Like Kevin wrote, it would be very helpful if you showed the contents of the folder with the pictures and the auto-matching pattern you use.

I’m not entirely sure what you mean by getting the jpg files from a word doc, so I will try to explain how the auto-match works, step-by-step.

To let the program auto-match pictures with the users, you need to first prepare a folder that collects all users’ photos. Each photo in that folder needs to be named according to the same pattern based on the AD field names, e.g. {first name}.{last name}.jpg (so you get the list like this: john.doe.jpg, ann.luis.jpg, etc). Actually, you can use any AD field name for your jpg-name pattern. Most people name .jpg files using a combination of {First name} and {Last name}, but you can use any AD attribute from the list.

Example: I have photo files in a folder. They are called Agnes.Pearson.jpg and Julie.Mcgee.jpg and so on:

Users' photos in a folder
To match them in CodeTwo Active Directory photos with my users Agnes Pearson and Julie Mcgee I choose Import>Import photos for all items and in the file name pattern, I insert {First name}.{Last name}:

Active Directory Photos matching pattern
If your users have their FirstName and LastName fields filled in AD, the auto-matching process is completed successfully:

Successful matching of photos and users
Works every time I have tried.
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vmichAuthor Commented:
used codetwo
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vmichAuthor Commented:
codetwo utility
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
vmich,

At your request, the question has been opened.

Scott Fell
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vmichAuthor Commented:
CodeTwo software
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