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I would like to use a list from one site as a look up for another site. Can I do this with out using code. Only use OOTB or Designer? Or is there a better way?

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There are 3rd party products, – Raymond Jun 13 '13 at 7:11
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Under similar constraints in MOSS, my method has been to create a list at some "top level" site. Then, at that site, create a Site Column that is a lookup to the list. Site Columns are inherited downward so, in any site below that site, you can select "add from existing site columns" and now you've got a cross-site lookup without even needing designer.

In 2010, we're mostly replacing this approach with managed metadata.

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Yes. Managed Metadata seems like the way to go. Thanks – Jjp Oct 12 '12 at 14:57

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