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Assigning per-user presence policies in Lync Server 2013


Topic Last Modified: 2012-10-11

A presence policy is a set of limits and restrictions that affect presence. The following table describes the presence policy settings available in Lync Server 2013.

Presence Policy Settings

XML name Display name Description Type Value


Maximum Number of Subscriber Category Subscriptions

Limits the number of subscriber category subscriptions. For example, when Communicator subscribes to a user’s presence, it obtains a category subscription for each of the contact card, calendar data, notes, services, and state categories.

A setting of 0 means that the user or contact object cannot be subscribed to by others.


This setting can have a significant impact on performance if it is set to a high number, and the average user has a large number of users subscribing to his or her presence.




Maximum Number of Queued Presence Subscription Alerts

Limits the number of entries in the prompted subscribers table. This setting determines the maximum number of prompts that can be queued for a given user. For example, when user A subscribes to user B’s presence, user B receives a prompt that user A is now subscribed to user B, and an acknowledgement prompt is created in user B’s prompted subscribers table. After user B accepts, or acknowledges, the subscription, the acknowledgement prompt is removed from user B’s prompted subscribers table.

A setting of 0 means that the user is not prompted when someone subscribes to his or her presence.

Integer or Token


By default, the Default Policy and Service: Medium presence policies are installed when you deploy Lync Server. The following table describes the specific settings of the two presence policies.

Presence Policies

Policy name Description CategorySubscriptions PromptedSubscribers

Default Policy

Policy for typical users. This is the default presence policy.



Service: Medium

Policy for applications that require more users to subscribe to the object’s presence.