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What accounts does the people picker show?

Posted by mundeep on August 20, 2008

My colleague Ishai Sagi recently did some research into what accounts the people picker shows and determined the LDAP query that was being used to display accounts if you are using Windows authentication. I did some further research into this and i have noticed that aswell as your authentication provider source (eg. LDAP accounts for sites using Windows Authentication/Active Directory) the picker also shows accounts from the User Information List.

This is important to note as it means that accounts that may have been deleted or disabled in your authentication provider still come up to be selected by users that are entering information into a people field.

For further details on the User Information List see this article on Andrew Connell’s blog which appears to be for Sharepoint 2003 however seems to still mostly apply for MOSS. Also Sahil Malik has done some research into User Profile Information and how it flows.

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