December 31 2010

Adding photos in Lync 2010

There are a number of ways for users to have photos in Lync 2010 but my preference is to store them in Active Directory because they can then be reused by Sharepoint, Exchange / Outlook and other applications.

This is a quick post about the easiest and cheapest way I have found to do this. I’m assuming that you already have your user photos.

Firstly, obtain and install Picture Resizer from here. I used the following options “-o -f96x96 -q100”. This meant that I can easily right-click on a user photo and have it resized to 96 x 96 while maintaining photo quality. This still results in image size reduction, which we are aiming to have well under 30KB to avoid bloating the AD database.

Right-click resize to 96 x 96
Right-click resize to 96 x 96

Next, install a piece of software by a guy named OliD that extends the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC with two tabs on the user properties page – from here. Read the installation instructions can be found in the .zip file.

Once installed you will have a Photo tab in ADUC. Select your newly resized photos and add them to to the thumbnail section.

Photo tab
Photo tab

More useful info here and here.

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December 30 2010

Scheduled task Powershell script to backup Lync Server 2010 config

I’ve created a simple Powershell script to run daily to backup Lync configuration with the export-csconfiguration command:

cd $env:UserProfile
Import-Module 'C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Lync Server 2010ModulesLyncLync.psd1'
$filename = "d:backup{}" -f (Get-Date)
export-csconfiguration -Filename $filename -Force:$True

For example, put the above code into a document called d:backupbackup.ps1 and then create a scheduled task to execute the command on a daily basis:

powershell -command d:Backupbackup.ps1

This can run in the SYSTEM context. Simples!

December 21 2010

SCCM report of all machines of a certain model

I needed to report all machines of a particular hardware model type. This report lists all machines of a particular hardware model (user is prompted to enter model name and is populated by a list of models found in the environment).

SQL statement:
SYS.Model0 = @variable

Prompt SQL statement:
if (@__filterwildcard = '')
Select DISTINCT SYS.Model0 from v_HS_COMPUTER_SYSTEM as SYS Order by SYS.Model0
WHERE SYS.Model0 like @__filterwildcard
Order by SYS.Model0


December 18 2010

SCCM report to show disk space for all servers

I needed an SCCM report to show the disk space details (total space, free space) for all servers in the environment. I had a look at this post – – updated the query and this is the result:

SELECT SYS.Name,LDISK.DeviceID0, LDISK.Description0, LDISK.VolumeName0,
LDISK.FreeSpace0 as [Free space (MB)],
LDISK.FreeSpace0/1024 as [Free space (GB)],
LDISK.Size0/1024 as [Total space (GB)],
LDISK.FreeSpace0*100/LDISK.Size0 as C074
FROM v_FullCollectionMembership SYS
join v_GS_LOGICAL_DISK LDISK on SYS.ResourceID = LDISK.ResourceID
JOIN v_R_System RSYS ON SYS.ResourceID = RSYS.ResourceID
LDISK.DriveType0 =3 AND
LDISK.Size0 > 0
AND SYS.CollectionID = 'SMS000DS'


December 16 2010

SCCM report to count hardware models

I needed an SCCM report to count how many of each type of hardware model we had in the environment. I created a new report with the following query:

GSCS.Manufacturer0 as [Manufacturer],
GSCS.Model0 as [Model],
count(*) as [Count]
from v_R_System RS
left join v_GS_COMPUTER_SYSTEM GSCS on RS.ResourceID = GSCS.ResourceID
Group by GSCS.Model0, GSCS.Manufacturer0
Order by GSCS.Model0