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Subscribe to the presence of a group of contacts

John Austin|Last Updated: 6/17/2016
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Subscribe to the presence of members of a contact group.

Applies to: Skype for Business 2015

Subscribing to group presence, also known as subscribing to a group, amounts to creating a presence subscription to all contacts in a group. This type of subscription involves resource navigation from application to people to myGroups, and to a specific group, and finally, to a subscribeToGroupPresence resource. The last request amounts to creating a presence subscription to the group.

An application can proceed to get the new presence data whenever a contact's presence changed event is received from the event channel. This involves getting the contactPresence resource that is linked to from the returned events data. The programming flow is illustrated in the following steps. The steps here assume that you have already created an application and have received a response that contains the href for an application resource. For more information, see Create an application.

  1. Send a GET request on myGroups, following the links from the people resource embedded in the application resource.

     GET https://lyncweb.contoso.com/ucwa/oauth/v1/applications/101/people/groups HTTP/1.1
     Authorization: Bearer cwt=AAEB...buHcmvDs1Z7CzwgNEPoG3XyftjBYhE5zTT0buHc
     Accept: application/json
     X-Ms-Origin: http://localhost
     X-Requested-With: XMLHttpRequest
     Referer: https://lyncweb.contoso.com/Autodiscover/XFrame/XFrame.html
     Accept-Language: en-us
     Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
     User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/5.0)
     Host: lyncweb.contoso.com
     Connection: Keep-Alive
    
  2. Process the response from the previous GET request.

    The response you receive should be 200 OK. The body of the response contains the supported groups for the user, including pinnedGroup, and defaultGroup. Each of these groups has an id property and a name property. The groupContacts link points to the location where the contacts of a group can be fetched. The subscribeToGroupPresence link points to the location where a subscription to the group's contact presence can be created. The href attribute value of the subscribeToGroupPresence resource will be used in the next step to create a subscription to the group.

     HTTP/1.1 200 OK
     Connection: Keep-Alive
     Content-Length: 3691
     Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:04:19 GMT
     Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8
     Server: Microsoft-IIS/7.5
     Cache-Control: no-cache
     X-AspNet-Version: 4.0.30319
     X-MS-Server-Fqdn: W15-LYNC-SE1.contoso.com
     X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
    
     {
     "_links":{
     "self":{"href":"/ucwa/oauth/v1/applications/101/people/groups"}},
     "_embedded":{
     "pinnedGroup":{
     "id":"group_id",
     "name":"Pinned Contacts",
     "_links":{
     "self":{"href":"/ucwa/oauth/v1/applications/101/people/groups/group_id"},
     "groupContacts":{"href":"/ucwa/oauth/v1/applications/101/people/contacts?groupId=group_id"},
     "subscribeToGroupPresence":{
     "href":"/ucwa/oauth/v1/applications/101/people/presenceSubscriptions?groupId=group_id"}
     },
     "rel":"pinnedGroup"
     },
     "defaultGroup":{
     "id":"default_group_id",
     "name":"Other Contacts",
     "_links":{
     "self":{"href":"/ucwa/oauth/v1/applications/101/people/groups/default_group_id"},
     "groupContacts":{"href":"/ucwa/oauth/v1/applications/101/people/contacts?groupId=default_group_id"},
     "subscribeToGroupPresence":{
     "href":"/ucwa/oauth/v1/applications/101/people/presenceSubscriptions?groupId=default_group_id"}
     },
     "rel":"defaultGroup"
     },
     "group": [],
     "distributionGroup": []
     },
     "rel":"myGroups"
     }
    
  3. Send a POST request on a subscribeToGroupPresence link that was received in the previous response.

     POST https://lyncweb.contoso.com/ucwa/oauth/v1/applications/101/people/presenceSubscriptions?groupId=default_group_id&duration=11 HTTP/1.1
     Authorization: Bearer cwt=AAEB...buHcmvDs1Z7CzwgNEPoG3XyftjBYhE5zTT0buHc
     Accept: application/json
     X-Ms-Origin: http://localhost
     X-Requested-With: XMLHttpRequest
     Referer: https://lyncweb.contoso.com/Autodiscover/XFrame/XFrame.html
     Accept-Language: en-us
     Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
     User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/5.0)
     Host: lyncweb.contoso.com
     Connection: Keep-Alive
    
  4. Process the response from the previous POST request.

    The successful response is 201 Created. The body of the response contains a link to the created presence subscription.

     HTTP/1.1 201 Created
     Connection: Keep-Alive
     Content-Length: 852
     Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:04:19 GMT
     Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8
     Server: Microsoft-IIS/7.5
     Cache-Control: no-cache
     X-AspNet-Version: 4.0.30319
     X-MS-Server-Fqdn: W15-LYNC-SE1.contoso.com
     X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
    
     {
     "id":"default_group_id",
     "_links":{
     "self":{
     "href":"/ucwa/oauth/v1/applications/101/people/presenceSubscriptions/default_group_id"},
     "memberships":{
     "href":"/ucwa/oauth/v1/applications/101/people/presenceSubscriptionMemberships?presenceSubscriptionId=pres_sub_id"}
     },
     "rel":"presenceSubscription"
     }
    

Receive Presence Data from the Event Channel

To get the actual presence data that appears in the event channel, start the event channel by sending a pending-GET request on the events resource. Later, the response to this request will contain an updated event for the contactPresence resource.

  1. Listen for an updated event for the contactPresence resource.

    The following example shows that the presence for SaraD@contoso.com has been updated.

     HTTP/1.1 200 OK
     {
     "_links":{
     "self":{"href":"/ucwa/oauth/v1/applications/101/events?ack=5"},
     "next":{"href":"/ucwa/oauth/v1/applications/101/events?ack=6"}
     },
     "sender": [
     {
     "rel":"people","href":"/ucwa/oauth/v1/applications/101/people",
     "events": [
     { 
     "link":{"rel":"contactPresence","href":"/ucwa/oauth/v1/applications/101/people/saraD@contoso.com/presence"},
     "in":{"rel":"contact","href":"/ucwa/oauth/v1/applications/101/people/saraD@contoso.com"},
     "type":"updated"
     }
     ]
     }
     ]
     }
    

    An application should listen for an updated event for the presenceSubscription resource. This can indicate that the subscription is about to expire.

     {
     "_links":{
     "self":{"href":"/ucwa/v1/applications/101/events?ack=10"},
     "next":{"href":"/ucwa/v1/applications/101/events?ack=11"}
     },
     "sender": [
     {
     "rel":"people","href":"/ucwa/v1/applications/101/people",
     "events": [
     {
     "link":{"rel":"presenceSubscription","href":"/ucwa/v1/applications/101/people/presenceSubscriptions/97b6bd66"},
     "_embedded":{
     "presenceSubscription":{
     "id":"97b6bd66",
     "_links":{
     "self":{"href":"/ucwa/v1/applications/101/people/presenceSubscriptions/97b6bd66"},
     "memberships":{"href":"/ucwa/v1/applications/101/people/presenceSubscriptionMemberships?presenceSubscriptionId=97b6bd66"},
     "addToPresenceSubscription":{"href":"/ucwa/v1/applications/101/people/presenceSubscriptionMemberships?presenceSubscriptionId=97b6bd66"}
     },
     "rel":"presenceSubscription"
     }
     },
     "type":"updated"
     }
     ]
     }]
     }
    
  2. Send a GET request on the presence resource for the contact.

     GET https://lyncweb.contoso.com/ucwa/oauth/v1/applications/101/people/sarad@contoso.com/presence HTTP/1.1
     Authorization: Bearer cwt=AAEB...buHcmvDs1Z7CzwgNEPoG3XyftjBYhE5zTT0buHc
     Accept: application/json
     X-Ms-Origin: http://localhost
     X-Requested-With: XMLHttpRequest
     Referer: https://lyncweb.contoso.com/Autodiscover/XFrame/XFrame.html
     Accept-Language: en-us
     Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
     User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/5.0)
     Host: lyncweb.contoso.com
     Connection: Keep-Alive
    
  3. Process the response from the previous GET request to receive presence data.

    As can be seen in the following example, the presence (availability) of saraD@contoso.com is Offline.

     HTTP/1.1 200 OK
     Connection: Keep-Alive
     Content-Length: 852
     Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2013 00:04:19 GMT
     Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8
     Server: Microsoft-IIS/7.5
     Cache-Control: no-cache
     X-AspNet-Version: 4.0.30319
     X-MS-Server-Fqdn: W15-LYNC-SE1.contoso.com
     X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
    
     {
     "availability":"Offline",
     "deviceType":"Unknown",
     "lastActive":"\/Date(1358827096000)\/",
     "_links":{
     "self":{"href":"/ucwa/oauth/v1/applications/101/people/saraD@contoso.com/presence"}},
     "rel":"contactPresence"
     }
    
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