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In my previous article, I discuss best practices on how to choose high resolution photos to use in user profile pictures for Office 365. You can upload user profile pictures using the Office 365 Admin Center. It may be obvious to everyone else, but I didn’t know this was possible until a very astute coop student showed me this feature (after I spent an afternoon telling him the only way to do this was to use PowerShell). So, to save you the embarrassment, here is the web-based method: From the Office 365 Admin Center (https://portal.office.com) go to Admin then Exchange. In the Exchange Admin Center click on your profile picture and select Another User…. from the drop-down menu that appears. The system will pop-up a window listing users in your Office 365 subscription. Search for the user you wish to change and click OK. The system will pop-up the user’s profile, indicating that you…

In Office 365, you can upload profile pictures for each user’s contact card. The contact card will appear in Outlook, SharePoint, Lync, Word, Excel, PowerPoint… well, in any Office product that displays contact cards 🙂 While this isn’t a new concept to Office 2013, and this feature is available in On Premise installations, these articles focus on Office 365. There are two ways to achieve this: Via the web-based graphical user interface; or Using PowerShell You’ll find all sorts of confusing information online regarding the dimensions, file size and format restrictions. I found that either of the two methods described in this article will work with almost any file sizes and dimensions. There are, however, some best practices. Choose Square Photos Choose a square image as the source (i.e.: same width and height), otherwise the picture will be cropped when you upload and you may end up with portions of…

Although you can use the web-based GUI to update profile pictures on Office 365, sometimes you need to upload many pictures at once. This is where PowerShell comes in handy. Here are the instructions to upload high resolution user profile pictures to Office 365 using PowerShell commands: Launch the PowerShell console using Run as Administrator In the PowerShell console, provide your Office 365 credentials by typing the following command and hitting Enter: $Creds = Get-Credential You’ll be prompted to enter your credentials. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Create a PowerShell remote session to Office 365/Exchange by entering the following command and hitting Enter:          $RemoteSession = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/?proxymethod=rps -Credential $Creds -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection Initialize the remote session by entering:          Import-PSSession $RemoteSession Doing so will import all the required Cmdlets to manage Exchange – this is why you don’t need to install any Exchange PowerShell modules or anything…