Skype for Business Organization

Many of us have multiple computers, a laptop and desktop or multiples of each. When maintaining the Skype for Business list his can present a problem. On premises Skype for Business will not automatically sync your contacts list and groups across computers. This did not seem to be an issue I worried about. Then I spent some time organizing my list into logical groups on my laptop. When I logged into my desktop, it did not match! Perhaps there is another administrative way to correct this issue. Full disclaimer I am not a Skype Administrator. I approached my solution from a users perspective.

The solution was to find a way to replicate the changes. Trying to sort out where the list was stored proved not as straight forward as I thought. It wasn’t easily accessible via the application itself in the options area, etc.

I decided to find a way to solve my issue. What I ended up with seems like a simple solution that anyone can perform. In fact it can be taken to the next level in combination with One Drive for Business  or your cloud storage solution of choice in order to automatically sync the folders. That being said I will share my findings.

In my case I am using Microsoft Office 2016 and I navigated to the following path.

c:\users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Lync

Notice below how the final folder reads Lync and not Skype.

Skype for Business Path

Once there, I simply copied the sip_ folders in to my target computer. I copied the folder to the same path and name. I allowed an override and that is all there is to it. Now both my Skype for Business clients have the same list.

I hope this helps resolve a small but pestering issue with Skype for Business on premises. I am have not ventured to confirm if this issues also exist in Skype for Business online but if it does I am pretty sure the solution will be the same. Please share any similar solutions you may have. I am looking forward to hearing them.

Author: J P

Azure, Azure AD, Office 365, Exchange, Exchange Online, Power BI, Data Science, Cloud in general and Power Shell are my passions. I love learning and staying current with technology.

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