I am working on an enterprise wiki site collection inside SP2013.

I did the following:-

  1. Create new User Profile service.
  2. associated the service with the web application as follow:-

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but the problem i am facing is that if i try to add users to the target audiences inside a wiki page, or inside the site navigation i will always get the following error :-

No audience was found based on your search request. Refine your search text.

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and i can only assign SharePoint groups as audiences but can not assign individuals ? so can anyone advice on this please ?


Audiences have to be built and compiled before they can be used. Audiences are built in the User Profile Service area of Central Administration and are based on user profile properties. For example, you could create a Marketing audience where the membership includes everyone with the Department of Marketing.

Once defined and compiled, it is available in audience selection dialog boxes and should start working as expected.

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  • so audiences are not by defualt all our Active directory users ? – john Gu Jul 1 '15 at 15:49
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    They are not, they must be configured separately. – Eric Alexander Jul 1 '15 at 15:51
  • but inside "site navigation" i define the audiences to be a specif SP group, which prevented other users from seeing the navigation link. and i did this without adding any audiences from the CA .... so will SP by defualt create Audience for each SP group ??? – john Gu Jul 1 '15 at 15:59
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    You can use AD security groups, Sharepoint groups, or compiled Audiences in the dialog, all should be respected. – Eric Alexander Jul 1 '15 at 16:11
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    Audiencing is not security, it merely hides things from the display when applicable. Just because something might be audience trimmed in the navigation doesn't mean the user can't get to it if supplied with the URL. If they must not see it or edit it, then you need you secure it with permissions appropriately. – Eric Alexander Jul 1 '15 at 16:43

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