Administering import connections and user profiles
Updated: May 31, 2007
Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007
Information about people in your organization can be made available in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 by importing data from directory services. Directory services include both Active Directory and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). Additional steps are required to import data in multiple forest scenarios. Personal data can also be imported from line-of-business applications in the Business Data Catalog. In some scenarios, import connections can be established automatically. In other cases, custom import connections must be created and managed, for example, whenever LDAP or Business Data Catalog data is imported, or when importing from multiple domains or forests.
Imported data is stored in user profiles, and can be used to enable greater collaboration in My Sites, improve the visibility of personal expertise in your organization, and target content to specific audiences. User profiles can be customized to include properties not available in directory services or the Business Data Catalog.
Over time, changes to your organization often impact the membership and structure of directory services, and good administration practice requires updating connections to reflect these changes.
The following tasks for administering connections to directory services are performed: