"Show my Picture" as a GPO Option to force option by administrator
A Lync user has the option to set either he want to show his picture or not in Lync Client (Options/My Picture/Show or Hide my Picture).
It should be possible to set this option by GPO (or as a Server Setting on Lync Server) so an administrator can prevent some User to "not show" their pictures.
Yeah, a group policy that can enforce either showing profile picture or not showing profile picture would be amazing!
Like define one of the two options and then greys out the other option so users cannot manually go in and change,
Hanne Van de Velde commented
Same problem in our organisation. Skype for business, implement this! skype for business is a business application, so we have the right as an employer to block this!
C:\Skype for Business\Enable-SkypePhotos.ps1 : A positional parameter cannot be found that accepts argument 'for'.
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+ .\Enable-SkypePhotos.ps1 -skypePoolname skypepool.sipdomain
+ CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Write-Error], Exception
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : System.Exception,Enable-SkypePhotos.ps1
Lain Robertson commented
I've posted a workaround PowerShell script on the TechNet Gallery which can be run manually or as a schedule task. It checks for people who have hidden their photo using the Skype client and re-enables the displaying of the photo.
The script should only be used a point of last resort, i.e. where you can't resolve your issue using Skype client policy.
Lain Robertson commented
This is definitely needed as a means to aligning the Skype implementation to the formulated business policy.
As an aside, there's more required than just addressing the show/hide ability via group policy or Skype client policy.
Group policy options needed:
1. User can hide picture: not configured/enabled/disabled.
2. User can update picture: not configured/enabled/disabled.
3. User can remove picture: not configured/enabled/disabled.
Powershell options needed:
1. Get commandlets (modified existing or new) to determine the current setting in relation to shown/hidden, update and remove.
2. Set commandlet to change these settings.
Our organisation fits more into the mixture of the two. Our policy is that everyone must have a photo, meaning they cannot remove or hide it, but they are free to change it. Hence our requirement for the combination of both group policy and commandlets, as we (as ICT) set the intial photo and walk away from it.
The problem we face is that the users are hiding/removing the picture, undermining the corporate policy and resulting in wasted time educating/lecturing the person and putting the picture back.
Robert F McCarthy commented
Will this ever get any attention, following the thread below there are thousands of users tha twant this.
Indeed, we need this here as well. +500 Users affected.
Take a look at this thread:
Here you can see, that many ppl needs this option.. There is also a workaround listed.
Yes, we need this.
Mathew Shelly commented
Yes, I agree, this option is a definite requirement.
How do I add my own picture?
Michael Johnson commented
Pictures are not vital.
If they ~are~ vital, there are other organizational approaches to coercing business users to provide their photograph.
If you force all users to provide a picture, you're going to get a lot of pictures with a hand over the camera, of the floor, of the sky, of pets, etc....
This is not a technology problem.
Stefan Fuellemann commented
@Carl de Billy:
How to force Pictures from AD:
(Not tested, but we use something similar including a script that imports photos from our intranet website into AD)
Carl de Billy commented
We should also be able to prevent user from updating their picture. We want it to be the picture from the AD.
it should be possible to admin assign photos using predefined file share or web service (say user id as placeholder)
Curdin Schenkel commented
That is exactly what we need. It must be posible to manage this by GPO.