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i want to create a ad connection in user profile service application, which sync specific users. These users are members of a group. When i check this group in the "AD Container" and start a full sync, none of the group members is synced. Question: How can i sync AD users without checking them directly in the "AD Container"?

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You need to select the OU, not the group. You can use exclusion filters to define who not to select. See this article below by Spence Harbar.

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All Users in this AD are in the CN=Users Container. The User group i want to sync is in a OU. Even when i select this OU, none of the group members is synchronized. – spuser Jun 22 '11 at 7:42
Additionally you can review this post by the SP Escalation Team:… – Jesus Shelby Jun 22 '11 at 15:49
Thank you for this link, looks like syncing users via groups are not supported. Maybe one these options is applicable for my szenario. – spuser Jun 23 '11 at 6:16
I know it's a while after the fact but I'm still too much of a newbie here to up-vote; this q & a is very useful as it is the most clear-cut explanation and answer to what I'd think to be a common starting question re: AD sync and how SP handles groups and members (and how it's better to think in terms of OUs instead). You deserve a lot more up votes for this! Thanks. – Beeblebrox Oct 10 '11 at 22:16
@foocode: With a bit more reputation, you will be able to post comments everywhere. Try answering a couple questions and you should get your rep up quickly. :) – Kit Menke Oct 11 '11 at 12:46

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