I am new to Sharepoint 2013 and started working on Sharepoint 2013 Foundation version. I have a requirement that suggest to Import or Synchronize Active Directory users with Sharepoint user profiles. Before getting more into it, is it possible to Import AD user profile in Sharepoint Foundation 2013 through Central Administration? Or it can be done only in Server edition?


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In SharePoint 2016 there are no Foundation only version to be installed, but on 2013 SharePoint Foundation is still available. You can use Active Directory import with either Foundation, Standard or Enterprise edition.

More to read:

To check your version, brows to http://CentralAdminURL:port/_admin/Conversion.aspx and see if you have Enterprise or Standard

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  • Any workaround available in Foundation for this? Jan 9, 2017 at 7:34
  • I do not have Standard or Enterprise Edition, I am working on Sp 2013 Foundation version only. Is there any workaround/trick possible for AD User Import in Foundation version? Jan 9, 2017 at 7:55
  • I got your point but in my view it is showing "Current License <blank>" Jan 9, 2017 at 10:45
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    "In SharePoint 2013 there are no Foundation only version...." - Are you sure you meant 2013 and not 2016? Because this. They removed foundation from 2016.
    – Abhitalks
    Jan 9, 2017 at 13:01
  • @Abhitalks You're absolutely right. I'll update my answer. Thanks!
    – Benny Skogberg
    Jan 9, 2017 at 13:05

you can try this one (Synchronize Active Directory Information with Sharepoint Foundation 2013 User Profiles) to import you AD user to SharePoint Foundation 2013 User Profiles

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    I am trying this, this seems a workaround Jan 9, 2017 at 10:55
  • Yes, because the functionality to import users from active directory does not exist in sharepoint 2013 foundation
    – D.Nadir
    Jan 9, 2017 at 12:35

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