CodeTwo Active Directory Photos

Add photos to Active Directory and manage them in an easy way

CodeTwo Active Directory Photos


These are the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about CodeTwo Active Directory Photos.

  1. Where to install the program?

    CodeTwo Active Directory Photos can be installed either on a client PC or directly on the server equipped with Exchange Server. Note that if you want to be able to upload or change the photos in Active Directory, you have to be logged in to an account with administrative rights – either on the client PC or on the server machine.

  2. Can end-users manage their photographs from a client machine?

    Users using domain accounts with no administrator rights are only able to view pictures in CodeTwo Active Directory Photos. It is possible to manage photographs from a client machine, but only if logged in as an administrator.

  3. What is the maximum size allowed for photographs imported to Active Directory?

    Active Directory allows you to use images that are 100 kB or less in size. CodeTwo Active Directory Photos will let you upload photographs of that size or smaller. If your photograph is larger, it will be compressed to meet the size requirements.

  4. What are the preferred pixel dimensions of the photographs?

    There are no generally preferred pixel dimensions of photographs stored in Active Directory. GAL photos in Outlook are exactly 96x96 pixels, so you might consider adjusting your photographs to that size though. If you want to use these photographs for other purposes than viewing them in Outlook, e.g. for appending them to email signatures, use a size that will best fit your signature template design.

  5. How to adjust dimensions of the uploaded photograph?

    You can either pre-adjust the size of the photographs using a graphic editor on your computer or change dimensions of the photographs in CodeTwo Active Directory Photos during or after the import. The program's Resize photo window will let you do that. The window will appear after choosing the photograph from your hard drive. You can also access it from the program's main window: double-click on a contact > Resize.

  6. Where exactly does CodeTwo Active Directory Photos upload the images to?

    CodeTwo Active Directory Photos uploads photos directly to Active Directory, where they are stored in the thumbnailPhoto data property. This lets applications like Microsoft Outlook (2010-2019), Outlook on the web (formerly known as OWA), or CodeTwo Exchange Rules Pro display those photos in various places, for instance as a part of the contact card in the Global Address List (GAL).

  7. Is it possible to bulk upload many photographs at once using CodeTwo Active Directory Photos?

    It is possible to perform bulk actions using CodeTwo Active Directory Photos. The Import function will let you do that.

  8. Can I add more than one picture to a given Active Directory attribute?

    No, you can't. Due to Active Directory limitations, it is only possible to upload one image per user. There is only one thumbnailPhoto attribute assigned to each Active Directory mailbox.

  9. Can the program add users’ photos to Office 365/Microsoft 365?

    No, it can’t.

    If you need a free tool to upload and manage users’ photos in Office 365 (Microsoft 365), use CodeTwo User Photos for Office 365.

  10. Can I use the program to change user account pictures in Windows?

    Yes, but not directly. You first need to pull user photos from Active Directory and set them as Windows account pictures. Once that’s done, changing the Active Directory photos using the program will also change the account picture in Windows. Learn how to use Active Directory user photos in Windows 10.

  11. What Outlook versions support displaying Active Directory photos in internal contact lists?

    End-users' machines equipped with Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013 or 2010 will be able to display users' individual photographs in the internal contact lists and messages. Active Directory photographs appended to outbound emails by third party tools, will be displayed by most popular mail clients.

  12. How to automatically append Active Directory photos to outbound messages?

    Third party tools, like CodeTwo Exchange Rules Pro, are able to pull images from Active Directory's thumbnailPhoto property and place them in the templates of users' individual signatures. To be able to compose users' signatures containing individual Active Directory photos, download the evaluation copy of CodeTwo Exchange Rules Pro and test its Insert disclaimer/signature action. You will find the {Photo} placeholder in the program's HTML Template Editor (Insert > Message Sender > Photo). Use this placeholder as a part of your signature design. It will be dynamically replaced with a photograph of the sender anytime the conditions of your rule are met.