Auto sign-in Skype for Business users

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A while ago I search for information to auto sign-in Lync/Skype for Business users, in my case Office 2013, found many resource but none seemed reliable and could solve my specific problem to sign in the user.

The problem


When you deploy for example Office 365 with Skype, the Skype for Business client will start automatically start but it will ask the user to apply the UPN, User Principal Name, to get signed in, like the picture.

In our case this was not very user-friendly so we needed to solve this


I found a couple of registry key with Sysinternals tools procmon.exe and created a registry file to import. The problem was that some of the keys needed the UPN, so this ended up with a PowerShell script.

Note! This script is totally without error control, and may or may not work in your environment, it is depended on your setup and configuration. This is primarily written for Office 365 and not on-prem services.

Anyway this is the script we used and deployed to the users, and the script should automatically adopt to your environment without changes. The script can also be found on my Github

#Get the current domain

$domain = [System.DirectoryServices.ActiveDirectory.Domain]::GetCurrentDomain()

$domain = “DC=$($domain.Name.Replace(‘.’,’,DC=’))”

#Get the current username and SID

$CurrentUsername = $env:USERNAME

$CurrentUserSid = [System.Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent().User.Value

#Time to connect to a domain controller and perform a ldap search with either current username or SID

#Only one object will be returned

$Searcher = New-Object DirectoryServices.DirectorySearcher

$Searcher.Filter = “(&(objectCategory=person)(objectSid=$($CurrentUserSid)))”

#$Searcher.Filter = “(&(objectCategory=person)(cn=$($CurrentUsername)))”

$Searcher.SearchRoot = “LDAP://$($domain)”

$User = $Searcher.FindOne()

$CurrentUpn = ([ADSI]$User.Path).userPrincipalName


If ($(Test-Path -Path “HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Lync”) -eq $False) { New-Item “HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Lync” }

New-ItemProperty “HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Lync” -Name “FirstRun” -Value 1 -PropertyType “DWord” -Force

New-ItemProperty “HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Lync” -Name “SavePassword” -Value 1 -PropertyType “DWord” -Force

New-ItemProperty “HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Lync” -Name “ServerSipUri” -Value $CurrentUpn -PropertyType “String” -Force

New-ItemProperty “HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Lync” -Name “ServerUsername” -Value $CurrentUpn -PropertyType “String” -Force

New-ItemProperty “HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Lync” -Name “IsBasicTutorialSeenByUser” -Value 1 -PropertyType “DWord” -Force

[Update] Note! If you have had Lync/Skype for Business on-prem and extended your active directory schema you can just populate the ad attribute “sip-proxyadress”. Thanks Johan Dahlbom for the reminder

Happy Skype deployment, please comment if this works or not for you!


  1. Is it possible to make the autodiscover? I mean autologin without entering the password.
    Your script works great except the above problem. Thanks!


    1. In our environment we use ADFS and it doesn`t ask for a password. Just start skype for Business and it is logged on.


  2. Running this script manually from PS works great.
    But when I use it as a Logon script (via GPO) it gives me a lot off errors like:
    “DC=$($domain.Name.Replace(‘.’,’,DC=’))” : The term ‘“DC=$($domain.Name.Replace(‘.’,’,DC=’))”’
    is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet

    New-Item : Cannot find drive. A drive with the name ‘“HKCU’ does not exist.

    Any idea what causes this behavior?




    1. I have deployed this either as a login script per user or an app/script from i.e. ConfigMgr. Works either.
      The script will pick the attribute UPN, so have a look in your AD what attrbute you’d like to pick and change the “.userPrincipalName” to that attribute name.


  3. It is running nicely on powershell, but the password field remains empty… How do auto-fill the AD password then?


    1. You could potentially hardcode the information at this line: $CurrentUpn = ([ADSI]$User.Path).userPrincipalName
      To replace the domain suffix or user $CurrentUsername + your domain


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