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Article ID: 2020103 - Last Review: October 1, 2014 - Revision: 20.0


Several features and components of the Outlook Social Connector (OSC) can be managed by using Group Policy. This article contains a custom Group Policy template that you can use to manage the following tasks:

  • Loading the Outlook Social Connector
  • Configuring People Pane notifications
  • Specifying he activity synchronization interval period
  • Specifying the global address list (GAL) synchronization interval
  • Specifying the social network contact synchronization interval period
  • Blocking social network activity synchronization
  • Block social network contact synchronization
  • Blocking Global Address List synchronization with local contacts
  • Preventing configuration of social network accounts
  • Blocking the download of Active Directory details
  • Blocking on-demand activity synchronization
  • Blocking specific providers
  • Configuring the specific providers to load
  • Displaying contact photos
  • Configuring the maximum number of items to display in the People Pane

For detailed information about the Group Policy settings that are available to manage the Outlook Social Connector, see the "More Information" section.

More Information

Applies to
  • Microsoft Outlook 2013
  • Microsoft Outlook 2010
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003
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