High Resolution Photo in Lync for Office 365

My organization uses Office 365 for Exchange and Lync service, although Lync has recently been set up as on-premise.

For a while now the low-resolution photo of Lync has been bothering me, so I set out trying to find a way to use a high resolution photo instead.

Microsoft allows a 648×648 photo to be stored in an Exchange 2013 mailbox, which is then used for Lync.

To begin, set up your environment to connect to Office 365 with Powershell:

$NPO = New-PSSessionOption -ProxyAccessType IEConfig
$cred = Get-Credential
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionURI https://ps.outlook.com/powershell/?proxymethod=rps -Credential $cred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection -SessionOption $NPO
Import-PSSession $Session
Import-Module MSOnline
Connect-MsolService -Credential $cred
  • Using Powershell, run the cmdlet
  • When prompted for credentials, enter your Office 365 administrative credentials
  • Now use the following Powershell commands:
$photo = ([Byte[]] $(Get-Content -Path "C:\Users\jmiles\Desktop\IMG_0067_Lync.jpg" -Encoding Byte -ReadCount 0))
Set-UserPhoto -Identity "Jeff Miles" -PictureData $photo -Confirm:$False
Set-UserPhoto -Identity "Jeff Miles" -Save -Confirm:$False

Replace the photo location and the identity name in the commands above.

 

That’s it! Now your photo should be nice and clear when in a Lync call.

 

Sources:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj688150.aspx

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/25199254/automated-script-to-change-user-photos-in-microsoft-exchange-2013-powershell/26150403#26150403

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj151815.aspx#bkmk_installmodule

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