Hard-coding “magic numbers” in your code has always been a problem for several reasons: they’re not meaningful, they’re difficult to search for reliably, and the chance of using the wrong value is unacceptably high. The first improvement was preprocessor macros in C:
If you’ve managed, administered, or developed on SharePoint, chances are at some point you’ve already encountered or resisted working with the User Profile Service (UPS) Application. There is no secret that UPS is one of the more complicated service applications available in SharePoint to configure, but is the effort worth the reward? I’m here to say yes. UPS has a lot to offer (beyond required for My Sites) and this blog will hopefully give you some insight into one use case for UPS that you can relate to. This blog will be a 3-part blog series broken down into the following sections:
- Extending Active Directory with Custom Attributes (the current post)
- Configuring ADFS 3.0 with SharePoint 2013
- Configuring User Profile Services to support Custom Attributes
Let’s dive into the business scenario I was recently faced with and how we used UPS to address the challenge.