My colleague Thomas Binder drew my attention to this feature. Microsoft Lync 2010 includes the ability to automatically populate the Frequent Contacts list with members from your team. The feature is controlled by the AutoInitiateContacts parameter in the CsPrivacyConfiguration. The default value is True. The parameter is transferred to the client using in-band provisioning in the presencePolicyV2 provisioningGroup and the property is AutoInitiateContacts. Based on the value of the parameter and the organizational information available in the address book (either via web search or download) the client will populate the Frequent Contacts list. Which contacts will the client create?
Let’s assume we have the organization shown below
For Test User 26 the client will create contacts for the manager (Test User 14) and the two direct reports (Test User 27 and Test User 64) as can be seen in the picture below.
For Test User 27 the client will create contacts for the manager (Test User 26) as can be seen in the picture below.
The general rule is that the client will create contacts for the manager and any direct reports, but not for any peers.