In the people picker, the attributes it shows are name,designation and their online or offline status, Is it possible to display the image of the person?

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I think this is what your looking for:


Create an import PictureURL mapping

Perform a full profile synchronization

Run the Update-SPProfilePhotoStore PowerShell command

Perform a full profile synchronization


for 2013 it should be similar!

Note: You CAN use following SharePoint PowerShell cmdlet command to perform the import operation:

Update-SPProfilePhotoStore -CreateThumbnailsForImportedPhotos 1 -MySiteHostLocation http://<YourServerName>/my 

The cmdlet was introduced in this fix: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2394320 (14.0.5128.5000)

You just map the thumbnailPhoto AD attribute with the Picture property in SharePoint, then run the sync, finally run the cmdlet.

create the Mapping in SP2010 or SP2013: go to Central Admin->Application Management->Manage Service Applications select your User Profile Service Application select the People->Manage User Properties tab in the left-hand column, look down and select the Picture property. edit this - down the bottom is 'Add New Mapping' and via the dropdown on Attribute, select thumbnailPhoto. it should then look like this: User Profile Synch Connection
thumbnailPhoto Import go back to the Manage User Properties and you should now see Picture URL thumbnailPhoto

OK, so now Synchronization->Start Profile Synchronization. Let that run through. Next you will want to double-check your MySiteHostLocation. select My Site Settings->Setup My Sites grab the entry from My Site Host Location - that is what we need for the MySiteLocation parameter.

so, on the SharePoint box, launch a SharePoint PowerShell, (run as administrator). the command will be as per below, with your path replacing "http:///my"

Update-SPProfilePhotoStore -CreateThumbnailsForImportedPhotos 1         -MySiteHostLocation http://<YourServerName>/my

Now, go back to your mysite, select your profile and... voila!! the new picture has been pulled in from AD.




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    is this for sharepoint 2013?
    – TrollLord
    Commented Mar 20, 2013 at 12:00
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    updated my answer! it should be very similar
    – Ali Jafer
    Commented Mar 20, 2013 at 12:40
  • Why Create an import PictureURL mapping twice?
    – mhijazi
    Commented May 29, 2014 at 18:05
  • sorry a thats a mistake! only need to do it once!
    – Ali Jafer
    Commented May 30, 2014 at 6:59

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