A minor schema changeFirst stop, the AD Schema. A minor schema modification is required to flip the thumbnailPhoto attribute to make it replicate to the Global Catalog.
- If you haven't registered the Schema MMC snap-in on the server you want to make this change on, go ahead and do so using the following command:Regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll
- Fire up a MMC console (Start -> Run -> MMC) and add the Schema snap-in
- In the Active Directory Schema snap-in, expand the Attributes node, and then locate the thumbnailPhoto attribute. (The Schema snap-in lists attributes by its ldapDisplayName).
- In the Properties page, select Replicate this attribute to the Global Catalog, and click OK.
Figure 1: Modifying the thumbnailPhoto attribute to replicate it to Global Catalog
Loading pictures into Active Directory
Thumbnails in Outlook 2010
Figure 2: Thumbnail displayed in a recipient's property pages in the GAL
Figure 3: Thumbnail displayed in a message
Figure 4: Recipient's thumbnail displayed on mouse over when composing a message
Our friends from the Outlook team have requested us to point out that the new Outlook Social Connector also displays GAL Photos, as well as photos from Contacts folders and from social networks, as shown in this screenshot.
Figure 5: Thumbnail photos displayed in the People Pane in the Outlook Social ConnectorMore details and video in Announcing the Outlook Social Connector on the Outlook team blog.
GAL Photos and the Offline Address Book
Set-OfflineAddressBook "Default Offline Address Book" -ConfiguredAttributes $attributes