Extending Active Directory & Integrating into SharePoint 2013 (Part 1)

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:

  1. Extending Active Directory with Custom Attributes (the current post)
  2. Configuring ADFS 3.0 with SharePoint 2013
  3. 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.

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