Here I show how to do it without that, just using powershell. Thanks to maxx-ode who gives the answer on this Microsoft Technet Forum post .
This code will set picture.jpg as your thumbnail picture.
$root = [System.DirectoryServices.ActiveDirectory.Domain]::GetCurrentDomain().GetDirectoryEntry() $search = [System.DirectoryServices.DirectorySearcher]$root $search.Filter = "(&(objectclass=user)(objectcategory=person) (samAccountName=$env:username))" $result = $search.FindOne() $user = $result.GetDirectoryEntry() $user.put("thumbnailPhoto", [byte](Get-Content "picture.jpg" -Encoding byte)) $user.setinfo()
or you want to delete the photo:
$user.putex(1, "thumbnailPhoto", "") $user.setinfo()
but if you are re-using $user you may want to precede with: $user.refreshcache()
If you get an error like this:
Exception calling "setinfo" with "0" argument(s): "A constraint violation occurred." At line:1 char:1 + $user.setinfo() + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) , MethodInvocationException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CatchFromBaseAdapterMethodInvokeTI
then it could be that your picture is too big, keep it less that 100K, and ideally much smaller than that.
A 100x100 picture should be around 4K which is more ideal.