Lync March 2014 Update (CU5) & Inline Images (now it’s broke!)

March 18, 2014

It appears as thought either the previous implementation of inline image copy/paste was working because of a bug or the update introduced a new bug.  So what is the issue?  (SEE BOTTOM FOR UPDATE)

Updating my workstation with the March 2014 patch ( my client shows this version now:

When a user attempts to copy/paste a picture inline to the IM window you get this message:

Prior to this patch, the copy/paste of images to the inline conversation window worked fine.  In the organization we currently had peer-to-peer file transfer off for the customer network due to security concerns.  Since the inline image is simply utilizing that feature, we decided to enabled peer-to-peer file transfer in the conferencing policy.

Once I enabled the policy and logged out and back into my client, I was able to inline image again.

So there you have it.  If you update to the March 2013 and need to use inline images, make sure to enable peer-to-peer file transfers in your conference policy.

UPDATE: I have confirmed this was an intended change with part of SP1 due to some concerns around archiving and the fact that images were not stored in the archiving database.

UPDATE: To be clear, the client updates DOESN’T change your server policy.  The issue is, if you had the peer-to-peer file transfer disabled previously this feature worked fine.  Once you apply this patch, if you don’t enable peer-to-peer file transfer it no longer works.


Written by Richard Richard is an Office Apps & Services MVP (Teams / Skype) who lives in Minneapolis, MN. Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) and MCSM Instructor - when those were a thing long ago. When not writing code, breaking teams - debate coach and avid golfer.
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