Active Directory Photo Import, AD Photos

AD Photos, import photos into Active Directory

AD Photos allows you to import photos into Active Directory for use with Outlook, Exchange, Sharepoint and AD Phonebook. With AD Photos you can import single photos or multiple photos into either the thumbnailPhoto attribute or the jpegPhoto attribute.

Many companies already have photos of users for ID cards etc, it makes a lot of sense to store these photos in Active Directory.

Allow your users to put a face to a name, below you can see Outlook 2010 showing the photo read from the thumbnailPhoto attribute. You’ll find photos are used throughout Outlook 2010, you’ll find them shown in th Global Address List, Meeting Requests, Contacts and in the reading pane.


Using thumbnailPhoto attribute to store photos

The thumbnailPhoto attribute has been included in Active Directory since

Importing multiple photos

Using AD Photos you can import your users photos into Active Directory in bulk, click here to read more.



Add photos to existing Active Directory users in bulk by reading the username and path to the photo from a CSV file.


Apply your company name as a watermark to photos prior to saving them to Active Directory. Adjust size and quality of the image.


Export photos in bulk from Active Directory (thumbnailPhoto or jpegPhoto attribute) to jpeg files.


AD Photos can be run from the command line enabling you to schedule imports and exports of photos.


Using AD Photos

Outlook and the thumbnailPhoto attribute

Sharepoint and thumbnailPhoto

Using AD Phonebook and jpegPhoto

Download AD Photos

Required Software for Exchange Online Support

Version 4 of AD Photos can Import and Export to Exchange Online (Office 365), the software below is required to use this feature.

Install the 64-bit version of the Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant: Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant for IT Professionals RTW.

Install the 64-bit version of the Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell: Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell (64-bit version).