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Modifies an existing set of privacy configuration settings. Privacy configuration settings help determine how much information users make available to other users.


Set-CsPrivacyConfiguration [-Identity <XdsIdentity>] [-AutoInitiateContacts <$true | $false>] [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DisplayPublishedPhotoDefault <$true | $false>] [-EnablePrivacyMode <$true | $false>] [-Force <SwitchParameter>] [-PublishLocationDataDefault <$true | $false>] [-Tenant <Nullable>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]
Set-CsPrivacyConfiguration [-AutoInitiateContacts <$true | $false>] [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DisplayPublishedPhotoDefault <$true | $false>] [-EnablePrivacyMode <$true | $false>] [-Force <SwitchParameter>] [-Instance <PSObject>] [-PublishLocationDataDefault <$true | $false>] [-Tenant <Nullable>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]


Parameter Required Type Description



Xds Identity

Unique identifier for the privacy configuration settings to be modified. To modify the global settings, use this syntax: -Identity global. To modify settings configured at the site scope, use syntax similar to this: -Identity site:Redmond. To modify settings at the service level, use syntax like this: -Identity service:Redmond-UserServices-1. Note that privacy settings can only be applied to the User Server service. An error message will occur if you try to apply these settings to any other service.

If this parameter is not specified then the global settings will be updated when you call Set-CsPrivacyConfiguration.



PrivacyConfiguration object

Allows you to pass a reference to an object to the cmdlet rather than set individual parameter values.




If True, only people on your contact list will be allowed to view your presence information. If False, your presence information will be available to anyone in your organization. The default value is False.




If True, Microsoft Communicator will automatically add all of your team members to your contact list. The default value is True.




If True, location data will automatically be published in Microsoft Communicator. If False, location data will not be available unless the user explicitly selects the option Show Contacts My Location. The default value is True.




If True, the user’s photo will automatically be published in Microsoft Communicator. If False, the user’s photo will not be available unless he or she explicitly selects the option Let others see my photo. The default value is True.






Switch Parameter

Suppresses the display of any non-fatal error message that might arise when running the command.



Switch Parameter

Describes what would happen if you executed the command without actually executing the command.



Switch Parameter

Prompts you for confirmation before executing the command.

Detailed Description

Microsoft Communicator “14” gives users the opportunity to share a wealth of presence information with other people: they can publish a photograph of themselves; they can provide detailed location information; they can have presence information automatically made available to everyone in the organization (as opposed to having this information available only to people on their contact list).

Some users will welcome the opportunity to make this information available to their colleagues; other users might be more reluctant to share this data. (For example, many people might be hesitant about having their photo included in their presence data.) As a general rule, users have control over what information they will (or will not) share; for example, users can select or deselect a checkbox in order to control whether or not their location information is shared with others. The privacy configuration cmdlets (Get-CsPrivacyConfiguration, Set-CsPrivacyConfiguration, New-CsPrivacyConfiguration, and Remove-CsPrivacyConfiguration) enable administrators to manage privacy settings for their users. In some cases, administrators can enable or disable settings; for example, if the property AutoInitiateContacts is set to True then team members will automatically be added to each user’s contact list; if set to False, team members will not be automatically be added to each user’s contact list.

In other cases, administrators can configure the default values in Communicator while still giving users the right to change these values. For example, by default location data is published for users, although users do have the right to stop location publication. By setting the PublishLocationDataByDefault property to False, administrators can change this behavior: in that case, location data will not be published by default, although users will still have the right to publish this data if they choose.

Privacy configuration settings can be applied at the global scope, the site scope, and at the service scope (albeit only for the User Server service). The Set-CsPrivacyConfiguration cmdlet enables you to modify any of the privacy configuration settings currently in use in your organization.

Return Types

Set-CsPrivacyConfiguration does not return any objects or values. Instead, the cmdlet modifies existing instances of the Microsoft.Rtc.Management.WritableConfig.Settings.UserServices.PrivacyConfiguration object.


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Set-CsPrivacyConfiguration -Identity site:Redmond -EnablePrivacyMode $False -EnableLocationPrompt $False -AutoInitiateContacts $True -PublishLocationDataDefault $True -DisplayPublishedPhotoDefault $True

The command shown in Example 1 modifies four property values for the privacy configuration settings with the Identity site:Redmond. The four property values modified are EnableLocationPrompt, AutoInitiateContacts, PublishLocationDataDefault, and DisplayPublishedPhotoDefault.

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Get-CsPrivacyConfiguration | Set-CsPrivacyConfiguration -EnablePrivacyMode $True

The preceding command enables privacy mode for all the privacy configuration settings currently in use in the organization. To do this, the command first calls Get-CsPrivacyConfiguration without any parameters; this returns the complete collection of privacy settings. This collection is then piped to Set-CsPrivacyConfiguration, which takes each item in the collection and sets the EnablePrivacyMode property to True ($True).

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Get-CsPrivacyConfiguration | Where-Object {$_.EnablePrivacyMode -eq False} | Set-CsPrivacyConfiguration -EnableLocationPrompt $False -AutoInitiateContacts $True -PublishLocationDataDefault $True -DisplayPublishedPhotoDefault $True

In Example 3, modifications are made to all the privacy configuration settings that are not currently using privacy mode. To carry out this task, Get-CsPrivacyConfiguration is first used in order to return a collection of all the privacy configuration settings. This collection is piped to the Where-Object cmdlet, which selects only those settings where the EnablePrivacyMode property is equal to (-eq) False ($False). The filtered collection is then piped to Set-CsPrivacyConfiguration, which assigns values to the EnableLocationPrompt, AutoInitiateContacts, PublishLocationDataDefault, and DisplayPublishedPhotoDefault properties for each item in the collection.