I have an InfoPath form with a dropdown box, where I want users to be able to select which department they work in. Department details are stored in Managed Metadata :

Managed Metadata Service -> People -> Department -> [...]

I have managed to connect to the taxonomy service in PowerShell with this code, so I know which GUIDs I need to use :

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.Sharepoint.Powershell

# Get the site collection
$sitecollection = Get-SPSite 'http://mysharepointsite/'

# Get the term store id
$taxsession = Get-SPTaxonomySession -Site $sitecollection

# Change to the requierd service name
$termstore = $taxsession.TermStores["Managed Metadata Service"] 

# Get the term set id
$termstoregroup = $termstore.Groups["People"]
# Change to your term set name
$termset = $termstoregroup.TermSets["Department"]

This helped me work out the GUIDs for the Department set, and I got the following from the Managed Metadata :

  • Managed Metedata Service : 1856a97abc824059be14f9803d3bc5fd
  • People : 4ee799fd-a4b4-44f4-b9bd-ce3e6d7d877e
  • Department : 8ed8c9ea-7052-4c1d-a4d7-b9c10bffea6f

However, whenever I do the following process, my data source always comes up as empty :

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Here I went with GetTermSets but only because it seemed to have the right amount of GUIDs, but I have no idea if this is right! I have not been able to find any good documentation on this ...

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GUIDs here are :

  • sspId : Managed Metadata Service GUID
  • lcid : United Kingdom LCID
  • termId : People GUID
  • termSetId : Department GUID

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As you can see, there is no data available :

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And after clicking OK here, I get the message You must select a repeating group or field

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There doesn't seem to be any good information on this anywhere but it feels like something that should be relatively simple (considering the data already all exists on a basic web service ... ) really appreciate any help or guidance on this

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I finally managed to do this with the following procedure :

Step 1 Set up the Data Connection:

Data -> Data Connections -> Add -> Receive Data -> SOAP Web Service -> http://sitename/_vti_bin/userprofileservice.asmx -> GetUserProfileByName

Check Automatically Retrieve Data When the Form is Opened

Step 2 Create a Hidden Field

Set hidden field's Default Value (in Properties) to:

Insert Field or Group -> Show Advanced View -> Select GetUserProfileByName datasrouce -> expand dataFields all the way to Values, select Value -> Filter Data -> Add

(Property Data) Name is equal to (type text) Department

Step 3 Set up the Rule

Add Rule (Formatting) -> Condition: (HiddenField Equals IT(or other department name) -> Tick "Hide this Control" (this can also be applied to a group)

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