Set Skype for Business Online client policies for your organization

Client policies help determine the features of Skype for Business Online that are made available to users; for example, you might give some users the right to transfer files while denying this right to other users.

Client policy settings can be configured at the time a policy is created or you can use the Set-CsClientPolicy cmdlet to modify the settings of an existing policy.

Set your client policies

Note: For all of the client policy settings in Skype for Business Online you must use Windows PowerShell and you can't use the Skype for Business admin center.

  • Check that you are running Windows PowerShell version 3.0 or higher

    1. To verify that you are running version 3.0 or higher: Start Menu > Windows PowerShell.

    2. Check the version by typing Get-Host in the Windows PowerShell window.

    3. If you don't have version 3.0 or higher, you need to download and install updates to Windows PowerShell. See Windows Management Framework 4.0 to download and update Windows PowerShell to version 4.0. Restart your computer when you are prompted.

    4. You will also need to install the Windows PowerShell module for Skype for Business Online that enables you to create a remote Windows PowerShell session that connects to Skype for Business Online. This module, which is supported only on 64-bit computers, can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center at Windows PowerShell Module for Skype for Business Online. Restart your computer if you are prompted.

    If you need to know more, see Connect to all Office 365 services in a single Windows PowerShell window.

  • Start a Windows PowerShell session

    1. From the Start Menu > Windows PowerShell.

    2. In the Windows PowerShell window, connect to your Office 365 organization by running:

      Note: You only have to run the Import-Module command the first time you use the Skype for Business Online Windows PowerShell module.

      Import-Module "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Skype for Business Online\Modules\SkypeOnlineConnector\SkypeOnlineConnector.psd1"
      $credential = Get-Credential
      $session = New-CsOnlineSession -Credential $credential
      Import-PSSession $session

    If you want more information about starting Windows PowerShell, see Connect to all Office 365 services in a single Windows PowerShell window or Connecting to Skype for Business Online by using Windows PowerShell.

  • Create a new policy for these settings, run:

    New-CsClientPolicy -Identity ClientPolicy -DisableEmoticons $true -DisablePresenceNote -$true -DisableSavingIM $true

    See more on the New-CsClientPolicy cmdlet.

  • Grant the new policy you created to all of the users in your organization, run:

    Grant-CsClientPolicy -identity "amos.marble@contoso.com" -PolicyName ClientPolicy

    See more on the Grant-CsClientPolicy cmdlet.

If you have already created a policy, you can use the Set-CsClientPolicy cmdlet to make changes to the existing policy, then use the Grant-CsClientPolicy to apply the settings to your users.

  • Create a new policy for these settings, run:

    New-CsClientPolicy -Identity URLClientPolicy -EnableURL $true

    See more on the New-CsClientPolicy cmdlet.

  • Grant the new policy you created to all of the users in your organization, run:

    Grant-CsClientPolicy -identity "amos.marble@contoso.com" -PolicyName URLClientPolicy

    See more on the Grant-CsClientPolicy cmdlet.

If you have already created a policy, you can use the Set-CsClientPolicy cmdlet to make changes to the existing policy, then use the Grant-CsClientPolicy to apply the settings to your users.

  • Create a new policy for these settings, run:

    New-CsClientPolicy -Identity ContactsClientPolicy -ShowRecentContacts $false 

    See more on the New-CsClientPolicy cmdlet.

  • Grant the new policy you created to Amos Marble, run:

    Grant-CsClientPolicy -identity "amos.marble@contoso.com" -PolicyName ContactsClientPolicy

    See more on the Grant-CsClientPolicy cmdlet.

If you have already created a policy, you can use the Set-CsClientPolicy cmdlet to make changes to the existing policy, then use the Grant-CsClientPolicy to apply the settings to your users.

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