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Skype for Business – Windows 10 – Enable “Appear Offline”

There are a lot of old search results for enabling “Appear Offline” in Lync or Skype for Business 2016.  However, the registry key was missing in my install of Windows 10, so I had to create it to gain access to the feature.

The key should be located here:


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Office > 16.0 > Lync

If you don’t see those keys, create them as listed here.  Then create a DWORD 32bit and name it EnableAppearOffline.  Once created, edit the DWORD and change the value to 1.

Restart Skype for Business and you should now see the “Appear Offline” status option.

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Auto Mount ISO at boot for any user

We have a legacy app that plays videos off a CD.  The app will not launch if the disc is not available.  I created an ISO file from the disc but needed a way to auto mount the disc during logon so any user who signed into the PC could use the application.

I finally came up with an easy solution and am documenting here.  Feel free to use and customize to fit your needs.  You need admin rights to complete these steps.  Also, I have only tested this on Windows 8.1.

Step 1: Create a new folder, mine is C:\ISO\

Step 2: In C:\ISO\, create a new text file called AutoMountISO.txt, then edit the file and paste the following command (change the path and ISO name to match your setup):

Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath “C:\ISO\Test-ISO.iso”

Step 3: Rename AutoMountISO.txt to AutoMountISO.ps1, this will make it a PowerShell script.

Step 4: Run gpedit.msc to edit the computer’s Local Group Policy

Step 5: In Group Policy Editor, navigate to:

Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Scripts (Startup/Shutdown)

Step 6: Open the “Startup” key, browse to the “PowerShell Scripts” tab and add the script

In the “For this GPO, run scripts in the following order:” drop-down box, choose “Run Windows PowerShell scripts first”

Step 7: Click Apply, then OK, and restart the computer.

That’s it!  For some reason, this didn’t work the first time I rebooted the computer.  However, the next time I logged in the ISO mounted as expected and has continued to work ever since.  Even if the ISO is ejected, it will mount again at the next logon.


UPDATE:  I’ve found I need to run the script manually once (right-click and choose “Run in Powershell”) as a user with Administrator rights.  This will prompt to enable the correct Powershell execution policy.  Once that has been done, it should mount the ISO correctly after each reboot.