Remove-UserPhoto

This cmdlet is available in on-premises Exchange and in the cloud-based service. Some parameters and settings may be exclusive to one environment or the other. Use the Remove-UserPhoto cmdlet to delete the photo associated with a user's account. The user photo feature allows users to associate a picture with their account. User photos appear in on-premises and cloud-based client applications, such as Outlook on the web, Lync, Skype for Business and SharePoint. For information about the parameter sets in the Syntax section below, see Exchange cmdlet syntax (https://technet.microsoft.com/library/bb123552.aspx).

Syntax

Remove-UserPhoto
      [-Identity] <MailboxIdParameter>
      [-Confirm]
      [-DomainController <Fqdn>]
      [-IgnoreDefaultScope]
      [-WhatIf]
      [<CommonParameters>]
Remove-UserPhoto
      [-Identity] <MailboxIdParameter>
      [-ClearMailboxPhotoRecord]
      [-Confirm]
      [-DomainController <Fqdn>]
      [-GroupMailbox]
      [-IgnoreDefaultScope]
      [-PhotoType <String>]
      [-WhatIf]
      [<CommonParameters>]

Description

Use the Remove-UserPhoto cmdlet to delete the user photo currently associated with a user's account. User photos are stored in the user's Active Directory account and in the root directory of the user's Exchange mailbox, both of which are deleted when you run this cmdlet. Administrators can also use the Exchange admin center (EAC) to delete user photos by accessing the user's Outlook on the web Options page.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can run this cmdlet. Although this topic lists all parameters for the cmdlet, you may not have access to some parameters if they're not included in the permissions assigned to you. To find the permissions required to run any cmdlet or parameter in your organization, see Find the permissions required to run any Exchange cmdlet (https://technet.microsoft.com/library/mt432940.aspx).

Examples

-------------------------- Example 1 --------------------------

Remove-UserPhoto "Ann Beebe"

This example deletes the photo associated with Ann Beebe's user account.

Required Parameters

-ClearMailboxPhotoRecord

This parameter is available only in the cloud-based service.

The ClearMailboxPhoto switch specifies that a deleted mailbox photo is considered blank instead of deleted.

By default, when a user deletes their mailbox photo, a flag is set on the mailbox that causes subsequent photo requests to:

  • Return a blank photo.

  • Prevent searching Active Directory for a photo.

Using this switch allows photo requests to search Active Directory for a photo. You don't have to specify a value with this switch.

Type:SwitchParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Online
-Identity

The Identity parameter specifies the identity of the user. You can use any value that uniquely identifies the user.

For example:

  • Name

  • Display name

  • Alias

  • Distinguished name (DN)

  • Canonical DN

  • <domain name>\<account name>

  • Email address

  • GUID

  • LegacyExchangeDN

  • SamAccountName

  • User ID or user principal name (UPN)

Type:MailboxIdParameter
Position:1
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Server 2016, Exchange Online

Optional Parameters

-Confirm

The Confirm switch specifies whether to show or hide the confirmation prompt. How this switch affects the cmdlet depends on if the cmdlet requires confirmation before proceeding.

  • Destructive cmdlets (for example, Remove-* cmdlets) have a built-in pause that forces you to acknowledge the command before proceeding. For these cmdlets, you can skip the confirmation prompt by using this exact syntax: -Confirm:$false.

  • Most other cmdlets (for example, New-* and Set-* cmdlets) don't have a built-in pause. For these cmdlets, specifying the Confirm switch without a value introduces a pause that forces you acknowledge the command before proceeding.

Type:SwitchParameter
Aliases:cf
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Server 2016, Exchange Online
-DomainController

This parameter is available only in on-premises Exchange.

The DomainController parameter specifies the domain controller that's used by this cmdlet to read data from or write data to Active Directory. You identify the domain controller by its fully qualified domain name (FQDN). For example, dc01.contoso.com.

Type:Fqdn
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Server 2016
-GroupMailbox

The GroupMailbox switch indicates the specified user is an Office 365 Group. You don't need to specify a value with this switch.

Type:SwitchParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2016, Exchange Online
-IgnoreDefaultScope

The IgnoreDefaultScope switch tells the command to ignore the default recipient scope setting for the Exchange Management Shell session and to use the entire forest as the scope. This allows the command to access Active Directory objects that aren't currently available in the default scope.

Using the IgnoreDefaultScope switch introduces the following restrictions:

  • You can't use the DomainController parameter. The command uses an appropriate global catalog server automatically.

  • You can only use the DN for the Identity parameter. Other forms of identification, such as alias or GUID, aren't accepted.

Type:SwitchParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Server 2016, Exchange Online
-PhotoType

This parameter is reserved for internal Microsoft use.

Type:String
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2016, Exchange Online
-WhatIf

The WhatIf switch simulates the actions of the command. You can use this switch to view the changes that would occur without actually applying those changes. You don't need to specify a value with this switch.

Type:SwitchParameter
Aliases:wi
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Server 2016, Exchange Online

Inputs

To see the input types that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types (https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkId=616387). If the Input Type field for a cmdlet is blank, the cmdlet doesn't accept input data.

Outputs

To see the return types, which are also known as output types, that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types (https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkId=616387). If the Output Type field is blank, the cmdlet doesn't return data.