I'm trying to contact /_vti_bin/People.asmx service from a simple javascript call.

This web service is returning some user informations. For example I receive these informations in the SPS-DistinguishedName field:

CN=FirstName LastName,OU=IT,OU=Accounts,DC=DomainName,DC=local

These informations are correct, but it seems missing the first level of OU (Organization Unit) where this user is part of.

And this is my current scenario:

-- OU1**
------ IT
-- OU2**
------ IT

OU with ** are missing from SPS-DistinguishedName.

It is something that I have to correct in the User Profile sync service?

Should I force a re-sync?

  • What version of SharePoint are you using? Jul 24, 2019 at 21:10
  • I'm using SharePoint Server 2016.
    – Pepozzo
    Jul 25, 2019 at 14:57

1 Answer 1


I would not use the old ASMX service. On SharePoint 2016 you should be able to use the Search REST API and specify the People Result Source for your SourceID. I haven't looked in a while but the OU would depend on how you have configured the import. Is there another attribute you can use to accomplish the same end goal, like Department?

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