Hi-Res Photo for External Contacts RRS feed

  • Question

  • I found a very helpful Technet article that explains how to upload hi-res photos for use with Skype for Business: Configure the use of high-resolution photos in Skype for Business Server 2015.

    I had a photo uploaded into Active Directory that I've been using for a long time. I was hoping that if I uploaded a hi-res photo using the Outlook Web App that people outside my organization would see it as well. So I followed the instructions for uploading a 648x648 pixel image using the Web App. It looks great, but still only for people within my organization.

    When I tried to access the URL shown at the bottom of that article, I was able to view the image out on the external internet, but only after I authenticated with my username and password. Obviously, external contacts don't have a user account in my domain, so I have to assume that is why external contacts can't see my picture. Is there some other option somewhere that I need to enable before external contacts will see my picture?

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016 9:28 PM

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  • Youre right, for high res photo Access you Need to be authenticated to exchange web Services.

    I have seen some infos to use ucma on the FE to give the lync Client anonymous Access to the photos.

    regards Holger Technical Specialist UC

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016 10:46 PM
  • Authentication prompt is what blocking others to see the photos, as of now we cant get pass the authentication for external users. 


    Thursday, June 9, 2016 4:27 AM
  • I know there's gotta be a way to do it. I've been on Skype conferences with Microsoft employees and have been able to see their picture. Can anyone from Microsoft comment on how you guys got that working?
    Thursday, June 9, 2016 4:42 PM
  • Hi,

    Base on my understanding, you will only see photos for federated users when they have their photo configured at a publicly accessible URL. You can use SharePoint as the photo source.

    More details:

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    Monday, June 13, 2016 1:59 AM
  • The example URL at the bottom of the Technet article I linked to in my original question is technically publicly accessible. I actually can access it from the open internet. I just have to login with my domain credentials in order to see it. So as far as I can tell based on my testing, the location of the picture isn't the problem. It's the fact that it's hiding behind domain credentials that seems to be what's keeping external users from seeing it.
    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 11:44 PM
  • Yes correct, there is an authentication challenge that is happening for those photos for external users , for which they are not able to see it. 

    Linus || Please mark posts as answers/helpful if it answers your question.

    Friday, June 24, 2016 7:05 PM