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Audiences and AD Groups

  Asked By: Jasen    Date: Jan 29    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 4619

When Active Directory is the membership provider, I don't see any
advantage to using compiled audiences over just using active directory
group objects.

In the event you are using AD groups, you have to wait for AD to
propagate for users to be included in membership but it works just the
same as a compiled audience.

With compiled audiences not only do you have to wait for AD to
propagate, but you have to wait for the audience to compile as well.

I don't know if the same occurs for other membership providers, but with
A.D, creating audiences (at least ones based on group) seems like an
unneccessary step.

- Does anybody have examples where they found property managed
audiences useful?



7 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Brinda Bca     Answered On: Jan 29

The main advantage is the ability to set more granular rules.

Answer #2    Answered By: Sheryl Velez     Answered On: Jan 29

And compiled audiences  are much faster, and affect your domain
controllers less because it goes to the profile store for the audience,
and not your AD GCs.

Answer #3    Answered By: Alexandra Lewis     Answered On: Jan 29

Try adding objectclass=group to the import string. Something like:


Answer #4    Answered By: Himanta Barthakur     Answered On: Jan 29

It needed an Or operator at the beginning


What does this do for me (I already understand it imports the users  and
groups. What does that mean for memberships, audience, and sharepoint)

Answer #5    Answered By: Mansi Revenkar     Answered On: Jan 29

It should allow all AD groups  to be available to build compiled

Thanks for the tip on the Or operator.

Answer #6    Answered By: Lizette Mcconnell     Answered On: Jan 29

They were available before (by association to the profile)

But even with the new filter string I still have to re-import profiles
after I add users  to AD groups  before they will compile  into the

What is interesting now is that DOMAIN\GroupName has a personal page
within mysites.

Also, audience  memberships don't expand AD groups-within-groups. If you
want to be included  in the audience you have to be a direct member of
the group  specified in the rule. (this isn't too bad because you can
always add another rule, but it is extra work to maintain it in two
places if you're using AD this way already.) I wish it was smarter than

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