Control Contact Card Attributes


Lync Server 2010 shows several properties on contact cards within the Lync 2010 client by default. You can customize this by using a Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit Tool.

The screen shot below shows the job title Unified Communications Consultant

We will manipulate the contact card with the Address Book Service Configuration (ABSConfig) tool from the Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit. ABSConfig is an administrative tool that helps administrators customize Address Book Service configuration in Microsoft Lync Server 2010. It also allows Lync Server 2010 administrators to restore the default Address Book Service settings.

You can find it at C:\Program Files\Microsoft Lync Server 2010\ResKit

Here’s how it works.

1.    Run ABSConfig (displays window as below)


2.  Click on the row(s) for the attributes you want to remove from the Address Book, and then click on Delete (on your keyboard) – thats right!!. In my example, I will delete the Title attribute.

3.  Click Apply Changes.

4.  You will get a warning from ABSConfig as follows:


5.  Now run Update-CsAddressBook cmdlet from powershell to force the Address Book server to update.

6.  After the client address book has been refreshed, you’ll notice that the Title is no longer visible for the same contact in the Lync Client.


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About Paul B

My name is Paul Bloem and I am employed at Lexel Systems in New Zealand as a Principal Consultant for Unified Communications. I have been working on enterprise voice solutions for over 20 years. My first 10 years were spent working for a Telco in South Africa (Telcom SA). This is where all the groundwork happened as I was exposed to just about every aspect of telecommunication you could imagine. I develop an interest in PBX technologies and eventually became the go-to guy. Next, I had a 10 year run at Siemens South Africa, most of my time there was as a Technical Trainer. During this time VoIP hit the world stage, I had the privilege of introducing VoIP both as H.323 and later SIP across the Siemens HiPath 4000 solution stack. In 2008 I immigrated to New Zealand with my newly attained MCSE, I was ready to go where no PBX Techie had gone before. I was employed to explore OCS 2007 and that was pretty much the beginning of the end for me. I have been working on OCS and Lync ever since. My current role focuses exclusively on Lync and associated technologies.. That includes pre-sales, consulting, architecture and design, training and support. I even get to play in the development space from time to time - focus on play ;-) I was nominated as a Microsoft VTSP for Lync early in 2013 and also awarded Microsoft's MVP award for Lync in 2014.
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