A couple of weeks ago a question was raised about which profile properties available in SharePoint Profile Database are mapped through to Active Directory and what fields they relate to.  After some digging around and not finding a great deal on the subject I thought Iw ould knock together a quick post detailing them.

The user Profile Database in SharePoint is a great way of utilising existing user information in other systems across a SharePoint Farm.  The Profile Database is part of the Shared Services Provider (SSP) which provides data and services for all the sites across SharePoint Farm.  If user information is stored within another system it would be a waste of time and resources to create all the data again in SharePoint.  This data so it can be imported from another directory or system and stored centrally in SharePoint and shared across the environment.  One source that is available for organisations to use is their Active Directory environment.  If the details about a user are populated within AD these can be pulled through when an profile import occurs.

Once a SSP has been created and the directory source configured for the Profile Database, SharePoint maps certain pieces of information that resides within an AD schema into the Profiles Database.  Which ones are they though?  Below is a table that references each of the properties in AD and how they are mapped through to the profiles Database.

Property Name

Mapped Attribute/AD Internal Property

AD Display Name

AD Property Tab

SID

objectSID

Generated on object creation

N/A

Active Directory Id

objectGuid

Generated on Object Create

N/A

Account name

<Specific to connection>

User logon Name

Account

First name

givenName

First Name

General

Last name

sn

Last Name

General

Name

displayName

Display Name

General

Work phone

telephoneNumber

Telephone Number

General

Office

physicalDeliveryOfficeName

Office

General

Department

department

Department

Organisation

Title

title

Job Title

Organisation

Manager

manager

Manager > Name

Organisation

User name

samAccountName

Generated on account creation based on users name

General

Public site redirect

wWWHomePage

Web Page

General

SIP Address

msRTCSIP-PrimaryUserAddress

Available when OCS is installed within a domain

N/A

Proxy addresses

proxyAddresses

Available when Exchange is installed within a domain

N/A

Master Account Name

msDS-SourceObjectDN

Avaialble when OCS is installed within a domain

N/A

Work e-mail

mail

E-mail

General

There are also other properties available within the profiles database as well.  These can be viewed by going to the following steps:

  • Select the Shared Service Provider
  • Select the User profiles and properties under the User Profiles and My Sites section
  • Select View profile properties under the User Profile Properties section.

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Rob Finney
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Microsoft Consulting Services UK
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