Hide the Lync Conferencing Add-In for Outlook

September 23, 2011

in Lync, Microsoft

For those looking to limit their Lync enabled users to the Standard feature set only, one can easily modify the default conferencing settings to limit these features and prevent users from creating Web Conferences. However, when you install the Lync client the software will automatically install the Lync conferencing add-in for Outlook. The good news is that there is a very easy way to turn this off and it can all be done via the Registry.

So here’s what the Outlook client looks like before:

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after…

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To make this change all that is required is to edit the following REG_DWORD value:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Office\Outlook\Addins\UcAddin.UcAddin.1\LoadBehavior

  • Add-in enabled: 3
  • Add-in disabled: 2

This setting can be easily manipulated via a script or GPO. Your choice.

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