I am working on a team site inside SharePoint web application 2013, and I have defined the following on my sub-site permission:

  1. Inside a "Service Desk Member" group I defined it to have an Active directory group, as follows:

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  1. Then I defined a site column of type "People or group" and I defined it to reference the above SharePoint group :

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  1. Currently when I want to reference a user (either inside a People Picker or by auto completing the user name), I cannot see the users that are inside the AD group, instead I can select the group itself. I though that I can start typing a username and get all the users defined inside the group, or the people picker would show the users that are inside the AD group not the group itself.

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People pickers will not enumerate AD groups.

A work around is to create a group of individuals. You do not need to give this group permission to the site, but all the members need to be included to be surfaced in the people picker.

  • but even the autocomplete column will not be able to show users inside the AD group ... for example when i am showing the people or group site column inside a default create or edit form ,, and i try to auto complete a user inside the AD group it will not be shown,, not sure how to fix this ?
    – John John
    Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 0:23
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    you can't afaik, it will not enumerate the membership of an AD group, you have to list them out individually. Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 0:59

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