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Add custom properties to the user profile

Updated: June 7, 2007

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

Updated: 2007-06-07

Before you perform this procedure, confirm that:

  • You have read the topic Import user profiles.

  • Your system is running either the Standard or Enterprise version of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

ImportantImportant:

Administrators must have access to the Shared Services Provider (SSP) administration site, and must have the Manage User Profiles permission enabled to complete this procedure.

You can add properties to user profiles other than those that are imported from directory services and the Business Data Catalog. These properties can be mapped to existing properties so that their values can be automatically updated during profile imports.

To add properties to user profiles

Use the following procedure to add properties to user profiles.

Add properties to user profiles

  1. On the User Profiles and Properties page, in the User Profile Properties section, click Add profile property.

  2. On the Add User Profile Property page, in the Property Settings section, type a name and display name for the property.

    NoteNote:

    If you use multiple languages in your deployment, you can provide alternative display names for each language by clicking the Edit Languages button, clicking Add Language, selecting a language from the menu, and then typing the display name in the new language. You can add display names for any of the available languages. The display name that appears depends on the language of the operating system being used by the user viewing the property.

  3. On the Type menu, click the data type for the property.

  4. In the Length text box, type the maximum number of characters allowed for values for this property.

  5. To allow multiple values for this property, select the Allow multiple values check box, and then select an option from the Multivalue Separator menu.

    NoteNote:

    If you select the Allow multiple values check box, the property will be permanently set as a multivalued property. You cannot change this setting after you have clicked OK. You would have to delete the property and add it again as a new single value property.

  6. To allow users to select values from a list of choices, select the Allow choice list check box.

  7. In the User Description section, type a description that provides instructions for users who are adding values for this property.

    NoteNote:

    If you use multiple languages in your deployment, you can provide alternative descriptions for each language by clicking the Edit Languages button, clicking Add Language, selecting a language from the menu, and then typing the display name in the new language. You can add descriptions for any of the available languages. The description that appears depends on the language used by the user viewing the property.

  8. In the Policy Settings, Edit Settings, and Display Settings sections, select a policy setting and default privacy setting for this property, select whether users can edit values for this property, and configure display options. For more information about privacy policies, see Configure policies for Profile Services.

  9. In the Choice List Settings section, choose whether the property uses a defined choice list, add the choices, and select whether users can add to the choice list.

    NoteNote:

    This section is only available if you selected the Allow choice list check box in the Property Settings section. For more information about choice lists, see Plan for people and user profiles.

  10. In the Search Settings section, select the Alias check box if the property is equivalent to the user's name for purposes of search. Select Indexed if this property is part of the search schema for users, so that it can be used to find users or is displayed in users search results.

  11. In the Property Import Mapping section, select the data source connection and data type field to use when mapping this property.

  12. Click OK.

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