Friday, October 1, 2010

Lync Contact Pictures (turning them off)

I attended the NYMSUCUG yesterday and few questions came up. One question from an IT manager in a large enterprise asked if the pictures in the contact list in Lync can be switched off.

The answer is of course yes. A user can switch it off (or on) by going into options-> personal –> display photo –> ‘Show photos of contacts’

Lync options page

Or if you prefer to use Client Policy look for PhotoUsage and DisplayPhoto in the IT Pro documentation. The documentation is a little confusing as they changed the name of this setting but I believe that the correct parameter is DisplayPhoto, possible values are NoPhoto, PhotosFromADOnly and AllPhotos (OIP docs)

Once off the main UI looks like this:


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