Bill Baer

Senior Product Marketing Manager (SharePoint), Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint, Microsoft Corporation

WSS UserInfo versus MOSS Profile Q & A (The Basics)

WSS UserInfo versus MOSS Profile Q & A (The Basics)

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What happens when manually adding a user to a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Site Collection, who previously did not have a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 profile?

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 userinfo and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 profile are not hard-linked; what this means is when a new user is created in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 it does not get created in the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 profile store; the opposite of this is true as well - Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 -> Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.

What information about users is stored?

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 stores the information about the user local to the site collection in the userinfo and user lists; this is site collection specific and as a result when creating another top-level Site Collection it is required to add the information about the individual again. Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 will make an attempt to get as much information about the individual from the directory when you add them to the Site Collection, including the inviduals' name, username, SIP address, email address, title, etc.

How are name changes managed?

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 has more information about users than Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.  This information is regularly updated through the import job - Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 has a synchronization job (profsynch) that enumerates every user record in every Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Site Collection and will make any updates as discovered.  Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 leverages the profile store to manage changed values in the profile store, to include directory, Business Database Catalog or user applied changes such as personal site photographs, etc; the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 process will update every Site Collection where this individual is referenced.

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  • Could you please let me know how the synchronization job (profsynch) is performed between MOSS 2007 user profiles and the WSS 3.0 user profiles? Is there any command line tool for the same?

    Thanks.

  • The sychronization job manages the process end-to-end, though there are no applications I am aware of that currently manage the process - you could leverage the Microsoft.Office.Server.UserProfiles Namespace to expose the process through a Console Application.  To access a specific user profile, call the UserProfileManager class to create a UserProfile object and retrieve the corresponding data from the user profile database.

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