ToolTip: AD Photo Edit

Last night I came across this FREE utility called AD Photo Edit developed by Chris Wright  which allows you to upload your picture into Active Directory. The result of doing that is that people who use Outlook 2010 can see your profile picture in the mail you send them.

2011-08-27 16h18_46

Using AD Photo Edit is simple, just download and install the utility and launch it. Then enter your name and click the Search button. If AD Photo Edit finds your user object in Active Directory it will show your current Picture which is probably empty unless a picture was already uploaded.

2011-08-27 16h08_57

Click on the Edit Image button.

2011-08-27 16h10_34

Select a new Image, then Apply Changes and OK to save the picture in Active Directory. If all goes fine you should get the following message.

2011-08-27 16h11_01

and your picture is now loaded in Active Directory.

2011-08-27 16h11_13

Note that your Active Directory forest schema must be 2008, if you’re not sure if this is already the case open the Active Directory Users and Computers console, ensure that Advanced Features is enabled in the View menu and open your user object, then select the Attribute Editor tab and search for the thumbnailPhoto Attribute.


More Information
GAL Photos: Frequently Asked Questions
The thumbnailPhoto Active Directory Attribute Explained

One Reply to “ToolTip: AD Photo Edit”

  1. Hey thanks for the article and link to my AD Photo Edit app 🙂 glad people are finding it useful. Just wanted to point out one issue with your article – the thumbnailPhoto attribute has been in AD since Windows 2000, so just finding that attribute doesn’t prove that the schema has been upgraded to 2008. Having said that, I’m not sure what the best method of checking this actually is… but I’m sure a quick google search would find something 🙂

Leave a Reply