How the "department name" and "manager" attribute value could be retrieved from active directory programmatically? For ex. i will have custom newform.aspx to create some new item, in the code-behind of the custom newform.aspx i have to send email to the manager of the current user, and log the department name. So sharepoint designer activities is not suitable for my case.

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The below code access current user's department and manager from AD:

    SPSite _site = SPContext.Current.Site;
   ServerContext serverContext = ServerContext.GetContext(_site);
   UserProfileManager myUserProfile = new UserProfileManager(serverContext);
   UserProfile currentUserProfile = myUserProfile .GetUserProfile(System.Web.HttpContext.Current.User.Identity.Name);

   string departmentName = (string)currentUserProfile["department"].Value;
   string managerName = (string)currentUserProfile["manager"].Value;

The other way to do this is to use DirectoryEntry and DirectorSearcher class:

1. Get user details from Active Directory

2. How to get user data from Active Directory

3. All operation on AD using C#

Converting string to SPUser

string managerName = (string)currentUserProfile["manager"].Value;

SPFieldUserValue _spUserValue = new SPFieldUserValue(myWeb, managerName);

SPUser myUser = _spUserValue.User;

Note: myWeb is the object of SPWeb class


SPSite _site = SPContext.Current.Site;
SPWeb myWeb = _site.OpenWeb();

Hope this helps.

  • thanks @zakir hc, one more thing: what is the return value of currentUserUserProfile["manager"].Value ? Can i cast it to SPUser object? So that i can get the email of manager..
    – ozdogan
    Mar 24, 2013 at 16:49
  • 1
    Hi ozdogan, the return value will be string and yes you can cast it to SPUser. Please check my above edited answer.
    – Zakir HC
    Mar 25, 2013 at 9:45
  • How to do this in Client Object Model (javascript)? Jun 17, 2015 at 11:37

Kindly note that ServerContext Class has been deprecated and replaced with SPServiceContext below is the updated Code

 using (SPSite site = new SPSite(SPContext.Current.Site.RootWeb.Url) )
                                        SPServiceContext context = SPServiceContext.GetContext(site);
                                        UserProfileManager profileManager = new UserProfileManager(context);

                                        UserProfile currentUserProfile = profileManager.GetUserProfile(item.ClaimID);
                                        item.Department = Convert.ToString(currentUserProfile[PropertyConstants.Department].Value);
                                        item.Email =Convert.ToString(currentUserProfile[PropertyConstants.WorkEmail].Value) ;
                                        //string managerName = (string)currentUserProfile["manager"].Value;


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