Bulk import pictures


A few months ago I posted a procedure on how one can import pictures into Active Directory by using the Exchange Management Shell cmdlet Import-RecipientDataProperty, here:

Upload picture in Outlook 2010 using the Exchange Management Shell (Exchange 2010)

As a follow-up, I would like to show you a way to do this in bulk…(small note: there are other ways, this is just one!)

Setting the scene

I’ve got a bunch of users in my demo environment without a picture yet…

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To get going, you need a list of mailbox-enabled users, a picture, and a file that links the user to its picture like the comma-delimited file I’m using here…

In my example I will use the same picture for every user

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Populate AD

Running the following single line, will populate Active Directory for every user found in that csv file, using the picture listed next to it.

Import-csv c:\userkes.csv | % { Import-RecipientDataProperty –Identity $_.username –Picture –FileData ([Byte[]]$(Get-Content –Path $_.picture –Encoding Byte –ReadCount 0)) }

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Checking the results

Using AdsiEdit….

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And using Outlook 2010…

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The power of the Shell 🙂

Ilse


Comments (6)

  1. Chris128 says:

    If anyone wants an easy to use GUI program for doing this rather than having to use command line tools, I'm currently making one (it will be free).

    You can find more info (and a download link once it is complete) on my blog here: cjwdev.wordpress.com/…/ad-photo-edit-a-program-for-uploading-images-into-the-active-directory-thumbnailphoto-attribute-used-by-outlook-2010

  2. The CodeTwo GUI works well, however a limitation is that you cannot import in bulk ONE PICTURE to multiple users without first spending lots of time preparing the JPG filenames.

  3. Eugene says:

    Did the CSV exactly as baove and even the filenames are the same but get an error- Exch 2010 SP3:
    "Get-Content : Cannot bind argument to parameter ‘Path’ because it is an empty string."

  4. Anonymous says:

    Today, I came across a question – How to update photos in bulk in Office 365 In Cloud users

    When first

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