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Profile Import from AD for two sub OUs in one domain - User Filter

  Asked By: Ray    Date: Sep 18    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 2732

I am trying to do a Profile Import into SharePoint of Users from two
different Sub OUs from Active Directory. SharePoint does not allow
two connections to one Domain, so I am looking for a workaround.

This is the logical outline of the DCs then Sub OUs in our Active
Directory. I need to import from the two Users sub OUs, they are
both in the

A2 D1
D1 Users

There is a blog showing an example of a User Filter of 2 SUB OUs in
one domain which appears to work for them. I cannot get this to
work - here is what is working/what is not working:
This is not working(nothing is returned):
Search Base:
OU=A1, DC=xxx, DC=yyy

User Filter:
(OU=Users, OU=D1, OU=A1, DC=xxx, DC=yyy))
(memberof:1.2.840.113556.1.4.1941:=(OU=TUsers, OU=D2, OU=D1, OU=A2,
OU=A1, DC=xxx, DC=yyy))))
Simplified is NOT working(nothing is returned):
Search Base:
OU=A1, DC=xxx, DC=yyy

User Filter:
memberof:1.2.840.113556.1.4.1941:=(OU=TUsers, OU=D2, OU=D1, OU=A2,
OU=A1, DC=xxx, DC=yyy)
This DOES work (only profiles in the TUsers sub OU are returned):
Search Base:
OU=TUsers, OU=D2, OU=D1, OU=A2, OU=A1, DC=xxx, DC=yyy

User Filter:



7 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Lynn Mann     Answered On: Sep 18

Although your AD people may not like this solution, it is still the

Create an OU and place your existing OU structure within that OU.

Keep all you policies, etc. still pointing to the existing structure as
they do currently.

Use the new "root" OU as the root of your import.

Answer #2    Answered By: Damini Dande     Answered On: Sep 18

That is a great idea, but not a possibility in our current
environment. AD is very tightly controlled and the two branches I
nee to import  from are owned by different groups of people.

Answer #3    Answered By: Addison Peck     Answered On: Sep 18

Moving the OUs does not change ownership.

Your carrot here is that they probably would like SharePoint profiles
and audiences to work.

Answer #4    Answered By: Lalit Bhattacharya     Answered On: Sep 18

It is frustrating that profile  import doesn't let you specify two
connections from different Ous from the same domain.

Answer #5    Answered By: Gwendolyn Acosta     Answered On: Sep 18

I agree and it is a common complaint.

I just offer a walkaround solution.

Answer #6    Answered By: Kyle Hernandez     Answered On: Sep 18

Well, we are talking about the military here, and the carrot is
tricky business. I will attempt your solution, but it seems like
there should be another alternative.

What I attempting as shown in this thread supposedly has been
successfully implemented by other people.

Answer #7    Answered By: Kedar Phule     Answered On: Sep 18

I had a similar issue, and thought I could get around it using
filters. In the end, I was not able to get it to work  and went to our AD
people and convinced them to juggle the OUs around. However, ours is a
very simple domain  with all of the OUs owned by the same group.

I wouldn't recommend the OU shuffle if they're owned by different
groups. AD is supposed to be all out delegating authority over different
parts of the domain, after all...

You may need to build a custom profile  importer. We don't have
Enterprise edition, but I believe that the BDC has some profile import
stuff that may make it easier.