is it possible to have the SharePoint 2010 people picker show AD Contacts. We have sub contractors & some full time staff listed as contacts in AD, in order to have their contact information including external email address etc.
In the past (SP2007) we have been less concerned about the people picker and just used a scheduled job (not timer) to populate a list of AD Contacts which we then could crawl and include in the people scope which allowed our contact search to show all relevant details for AD users and contacts. This has worked well in terms of search.
In upgrading to 2010 I have gone one better and replaced this scheduled job with a BCS connection which we can crawl and similar have the results shown in the people scope/contact search.
We are where we were with 2007 but I see massive benefit in having users have the ability to select both users and contacts from AD when using the people picker i.e. to tag documentation against a relevant subby.
- I've been looking into this and to start off I wondered if you could have two multiple sources for the SharePoint user profiles. Turns out you can't, after putting in the time I can only use a BCS connection to supplement existing profiles which in this instance does't work.
- I've also attempted to look at the people picker properties but I can't see a property which would enable the inclusion of contacts
- Lastly, I've tried to look into FIM to see if its possible to do something at that level. I'm not one bit familiar with it and can't see anything obvious. The only thing I do know is that there is an object type of contact which I think makes it to the staging in FIM but not from there to SharePoint.
Has anyone else accomplished this? We can't be the only ones using AD Contacts. After all they are still people but just don't need/have a machine.
Any advice/pointers appreciated.