I am working on O365 and have a requirement where I only need to display Users in my people search results. Currently the result also displays few service accounts which I do not want.

Is there a way to remove the user groups, service accounts and non people users from results?

If yes, then please provide the approach.

  • Which user groups do you want to exclude? – Matthew McDermott Jan 9 '16 at 13:56
  • All the non users and groups. – Mancy Desaee Jan 11 '16 at 5:01
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    Please be more specific. In my case I see service accounts but I don't understand what Groups you are referring to or where they are located. I can't help if you are not more specific. – Matthew McDermott Jan 11 '16 at 12:44
  • Groups meaning - Product Owners , Product Viewers etc. I hope you are clear now. – Mancy Desaee Jan 11 '16 at 13:06
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    Nope...how are groups showing up in your People Search Results? Do you have a screen shot? I have never seen groups in the results. – Matthew McDermott Jan 11 '16 at 17:39

I think this might be possile using SharePoint Result Sources using a Search Query that excludes Active Directory User Groups or any other object located in a certain Organization Unit (OU)

  • Do you think this will be applicable and work in Office 365? – Mancy Desaee Jan 8 '16 at 13:29

Take a look at the accounts. In my case they all start with "_spo". Open your search center and edit the People Search results web part. Add an exclusion to the query like -accountname:_spo*. in my environment that excludes them. Another alternative is to copy the existing People Result Source and edit your copy adding the above exclusion. Then change the Result Source that the web part uses.

In this same way you should be able to exclude external (or guest) accounts with a query exclusion like: -accountname:EXT (or in our case we tag all external users as "(EXTERNAL)" so our exclusion is -PreferredName:" (EXTERNAL)")

Bottom line, create a query that only selects the accounts you wish to exclude and then negate it.

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