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MySite Content: Adding Pictures BEFORE users create their site?

  Asked By: Marques    Date: Jul 28    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1254

I've got MySite working flawlessly at this point (I killed the upgraded
MySite (old) and created a new MySite provider with the SSP creation).

Anyway, I've noticed that you can look people up using the People Search

What I'd like to know is if you can populate their PICTURES before the
create their MySite the first time they hit the site?

Baring that, is there a way to auto create the MySites before they
attempt to logon to MySite the first time??



8 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Chandrabhan Konwar     Answered On: Jul 28

I don't think that's a noob question at all. We still haven't
addressed it.

I assume that you're importing your user profiles from Active Directory.
I understand that it may be possible to store user photos in AD, but our
Network Admins don't want to go down that road so we have to find
another solution.

Do you have user photos stored somewhere?

My understanding is that you can import profiles from only one source
(experts?). That source will have to have the photos available with the
profile data. If you have Enterprise licensing, you can explore using
the BDC to define a profile import from another data source. If you
don't have the BDC and you can't use AD or another LDAP directory, you
might have to do some development to get it to work.

Answer #2    Answered By: Tina Owens     Answered On: Jul 28

The photos should be in a URL assessable location preferably with
anonymous access enabled.

Answer #3    Answered By: Tiana Whitaker     Answered On: Jul 28

I suppose the question I have is how to you populate  the MySite pages
with people  pictures?

Answer #4    Answered By: Alice Chandler     Answered On: Jul 28

I believe that it is very possible but I haven't done it.

Answer #5    Answered By: Lynette Sawyer     Answered On: Jul 28

The answer is that you can link to the pictures  on a web site. So if
you go ahead and edit the user accounts manually under:

SSP Administration > User Profiles and MySites > User profiles and
properties > View User Profiles

Then you edit the individual users  accounts (not fun, but doable).

There is an HTTP:// link in the picture field, and you can put something
in there...

Answer #6    Answered By: Alisha Itagi     Answered On: Jul 28

I haven't tried this personally, but I played around with a lab at
TechEd that created  SharePoint users  and populated user properties from
a CSV (comma delimited file) using PowerShell. From what I played
around with it should be possible to modify this property of a group of
user Profile's with a Powershell script.

Answer #7    Answered By: Gretchen Stokes     Answered On: Jul 28

From what you saw, do you think that
it would be possible for the pictures  to be maintained/synched on an
ongoing basis using a script like that?

Answer #8    Answered By: Angarika Shroff     Answered On: Jul 28

It should be possible. Essentially what I saw suggested that you could
do almost everything that you can do in the object model with a
Powershell script. Once you had the script written you should be able
to do it just by changing the contents of the .csv file that you were
going to process as input for the script.