We have a farm that's setup on Domain A and it has trust to Domain B. By default we can find the users for Domain A in the People Picker, but we would like to add the users for Domain B as well in the People Picker.

I have followed these articles to try and make this happen, without success: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg602075(v=office.15).aspx http://www.sharepointdoug.com/2014/06/how-to-configure-people-picker-in.html

I have tried these PowerShell commands:

stsadm -o setproperty -pn peoplepicker-searchadforests -pv "forest:DomainA.com; domain:DomainA.com,DomainA\UserA,Pass123;domain:DomainB.com,DomainB\UserB,Pass123" -url "http://TheSite"

stsadm -o setproperty -pn peoplepicker-searchadforests -pv "domain:DomainA.com,DomainA\UserA,Pass123;domain:DomainB.com,DomainB\UserB,Pass123" -url "http://TheSite"

When I run these commands I'm only able to see the users from Domain B in the people picker, but I would like to see both users from Domain A and Domain B.

When I run the following PowerShell command everything goes back to default and I can see users from Domain A only:

stsadm -o setproperty -pn peoplepicker-searchadforests -pv "" -url "http://TheSite"

I have spent quite a lot of time on this and I'm clearly missing something. All help will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

2 Answers 2


Try below command. This command worked for us:

stsadm -o setproperty -pn peoplepicker-searchadforests -pv "forest:DomainA.com;forest:DomainB.com,DomainB\login,password" -url "Your webapp url"

One alternative to using stsadm.exe, as it is a deprecated tool, would instead to use PowerShell. You will also have a bit more control as there are other parameters in PowerShell that cannot be set through stsadm.

$wa = Get-SPWebApplication http://webAppUrl
$adsearchobj = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPPeoplePickerSearchActiveDirectoryDomain
$adsearchobj.DomainName = "contoso.com"
$adsearchobj.ShortDomainName = "CONTOSO" #Optional
$adsearchobj.IsForest = $true #$true for Forest, $false for Domain


More details from PowerShell for People Picker, including other examples.

  • Hi Trevor , I tried script you posted but its not working. we have one way trust between domain where SharePoint servers are and users domain. Do in need account ?
    – Ronak
    Jan 27, 2018 at 1:48
  • Yes you must provide an account.
    – user6024
    Jan 27, 2018 at 1:49
  • Thanks for quick response. Does this account has to be in domain ? if yes then which one ? Do it need any kind of permission ?
    – Ronak
    Jan 27, 2018 at 2:12
  • @TrevorSeward Will this PS command work when the farm is built in Domain A (WFE/APP/DB Servers, Service Accounts, Etc.) and has a one-way Trust to Domain B or will this cause issues when users in Domain B try to access the farm? This would be very useful instead of migrating the farm to Domain B as I have seen recommended in other info? I can post as new question if you like just let me know
    – Shane Gib.
    Apr 18, 2018 at 14:58
  • @Ronak the account needs to be in the untrusting forest (so if DOMB contains SharePoint and trusts DOMA, but DOMA doesn't trust DOMB, the account must be in DOMA).
    – user6024
    Apr 18, 2018 at 15:00

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