Update Lync Client Location with IP GeoLocation

Use IP geolocation data to keep you Lync client location up to date.
Use IP geolocation data to keep you Lync client location up to date.

I regularly bounce around on different networks and vpn connections. I got tired of manually setting the location in Lync and found myself just ignoring it altogether. After doing some poking around, I decided to throw a powershell script together to just do the dirty work for me.

The script uses Telize for geoip data and DNSOMatic Telize for the external IP. The script requires the Microsoft.Lync.Model.dll from the Lync 2013 SDK (15.0.4603.1000 as of this post). You can find the Lync Client 2013 SDK here.

You can then add an event trigger to fire off the script when you connect to a network: On an event; On event – Log: Microsoft-Windows-NetworkProfile/Operational, Source: Microsoft-Windows-NetworkProfile, Event ID: 10000

Note: I adjusted my personal version to detect when I’m on my company’s network so it won’t interfere with Lync setting to location for our office. Always test and understand the ramifications if using in a production environment.

Gist on Github: Update-LyncLocation.ps1

#requires –Version 3.0
Updates Lync 2013 Client's location information with geolocation data based on internet ip address.

The Update-LyncLocation.ps1 script updates the Lync 2013 Client's location information. It uses the 
Telize web service to determine your external ip address and then queries Telize to collect publicly 
available geolocation information to determine your location. That data is then parsed into usable 
information and published to the Lync client.

****Requires Lync 2013 SDK.**** The SDK install requires Visual Studio 2010 SP1. To avoid installing 
Visual Studio, download the SDK, use 7-zip to extract the files from the install, and install the MSI 
relevant to your Lync Client build (x86/x64).

None. You cannot pipe objects to Update-LyncLocation.ps1.

None. Update-LyncLocation.ps1 does not generate any output.

Author Name:   Andrew Healey (@healeyio)
Creation Date: 2015-01-04
Version Date:  2015-01-26

Author: https://www.healey.io/blog/update-lync-client-location-with-geolocation
Lync 2013 SDK: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36824
IP Geolocation Web Service: http://www.telize.com/

PS C:\PS> .\Update-LyncLocation.ps1


# Verify lync 2013 object model dll is either in script directory or SDK is installed
$lyncSDKPath = "Microsoft Office\Office15\LyncSDK\Assemblies\Desktop\Microsoft.Lync.Model.dll"
$lyncSDKError = "Lync 2013 SDK is required. Download here and install: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36824"

if (-not (Get-Module -Name Microsoft.Lync.Model)) {
    if (Test-Path (Join-Path -Path ${env:ProgramFiles(x86)} -ChildPath $lyncSDKPath)) {
        $lyncPath = Join-Path -Path ${env:ProgramFiles(x86)} -ChildPath $lyncSDKPath
    elseif (Test-Path (Join-Path -Path ${env:ProgramFiles} -ChildPath $lyncSDKPath)) {
        $lyncPath = Join-Path -Path ${env:ProgramFiles} -ChildPath $lyncSDKPath
    else {
        $fileError = New-Object System.io.FileNotFoundException("SDK Not Found: $lyncSDKError")
        throw $fileError
    } # End SDK/DLL check
    try {
        Import-Module -Name $lyncPath -ErrorAction Stop
    catch {
        $fileError = New-Object System.io.FileNotFoundException ("Import-Module Error: $lyncSDKError")
        throw $fileError
    } # End object model import
} # End dll check

# Check if Lync is signed in, otherwise, nothing to do
$Client = [Microsoft.Lync.Model.LyncClient]::GetClient()
if ($Client.State -eq "SignedIn") {
    # Get external ip address
    $WanIP = (Invoke-WebRequest -Uri "http://ip4.telize.com/" -UseBasicParsing).Content
    # Get geolocation data
    $data = Invoke-WebRequest -Uri "http://www.telize.com/geoip/$WanIP" -UseBasicParsing | ConvertFrom-Json
    ### Format the location from returned geolocation ###
    ###    More Info Here: http://www.telize.com/     ###
    # Deal with oddities like anonymous proxies
    if (($data.continent_code -eq "--") -or ($data.continent_code -eq $null)) {$location = "$($data.isp)"}
    # If the city and state are not null, make it City, State
    elseif (($data.region_code -ne $null) -and ($data.city -ne $null)) {$location = "$($data.city), $($data.region_code)"}
    # If the city is null but state/region has a value, make it Region, Country
    elseif (($data.region -ne $null) -and ($data.city -eq $null)) {$location = "$($data.region), $($data.country_code3)"}
    # Else, just output the Country
    else {$location = "$($data.country)"}

    # Update location in Lync
    $LyncInfo = New-Object 'System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary[Microsoft.Lync.Model.PublishableContactInformationType, object]'
    $LyncInfo.Add([Microsoft.Lync.Model.PublishableContactInformationType]::LocationName, $location)
    $Self = $Client.Self
    $Publish = $Self.BeginPublishContactInformation($LyncInfo, $null, $null)
else {
    Write-Warning "Lync must be signed in."
} # End client sign-in check


One comment

  1. Mohammed says:

    Hi, I’ve downloaded Visual Studio but you mention in the PS script to extact the relavant file for your client platform. Which file and from where in the VS Installer?


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