Sep 19

Lync Administrative template (GPO)

Within Lync you can use in-band provisioning to perform most of the Clientside settings. An overview of these settings can be found here: or for a more friendly blog:

However, there are some settings that aren’t available (yet?), therefore I’ve downloaded the default template and documentation from this location: 

After reading the documentation, I’ve got multiple requests of customers that they would like to have some additional settings in there… I’ll explain the settings and afterwards provide you a link to where you can download the custom Lync Administrative Template.

  1. Modify the time before the client downloads the (delta or full) addressbook. Remark. This is not recommended in a production or large scale deployment as clients are instantly downloading the Addressbook instead of the default waiting time (between 0 and 60 minutes). This sets the registry GalDownloadInitialDelay as documented here:
  2. Allow or disallow the autostarting of the Microsft Lync client. This sets the AutoRunWhenLogonToWindows as documented here:
  3. Modify the Idle and Away threshold. These are set to 5 minutes by default. The screenshot below shows the settings screen when you open Settings – Tools – Options – Statusimage
  4. Updated: I’ve added the functionality to Disable PC 2 PC Video.

There are excellent blogs on how to add the administrative template to a Group Policy, examples are: or 

So for short, here is the file:


Have fun and if you have any more requests, feel free to contact me!!

Update 26-4: I’ve updated into version 1.1 to disable PC 2 PC Video. This could be handy in a scenario where you have Citrix and don’t want to allow Video calls on that specific server.

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