I have manager and employee reporting to manager. The sharepoint server is integrated with active directory and active directory does not maintain any such relationship.

So how can we do that ?

Can we create user group in sharepoint 2010 and then maintain the relation ? But if so then how to use the relationship in workflow

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Typically user profiles would hold this information.

You can set SharePoint up to synchronise with Active Directory (as you have done). In the event where a field (manager) is not being brought down from AD then you can use SharePoint to manage it.

This link should help http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee721054.aspx

Hope that helps

  • can we manage the relationship using custom sharepoint user-groups and then query accordingly. Oct 11, 2012 at 13:16
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    Typically SharePoint groups are used to represent roles (usual in terms of what permissions and rights they have) and not relationships. They aren't really designed to capture in such a way that you can store relational data in them. I would look at user profiles firstly, as the ability to associate a person with a manager is built in. In fact there is a out-of-the-box control in SharePoint that visualises the organisational hierarchy using the values in this fields.
    – James Mann
    Oct 11, 2012 at 13:27
  • Can you please share the name or demo page link of out-of-box control used for visualising organisational hierarchy. Oct 12, 2012 at 9:03
  • Please see: adminsonnetwork.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/…
    – James Mann
    Oct 12, 2012 at 9:12
  • Thankyou very much. You have really helped a lot. Oct 12, 2012 at 12:49

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