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Using SharePoint People Picker with Multiple Domains or Trusted Domains

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If you install SharePoint and try to add users from another domain, you'll be annoyed to find they might not show up in the people chooser. SharePoint should automatically find users on other forests and domains when there is a two way trust. If the trust is only one way, it doesn't. This can make it difficult to add users from other domains which can be a problem depending on your scenario. Fortunately, it isn't very hard to fix this in most cases (although it does take some command line work). I found a bunch of generic copies of the command line commands when trying to set this up, but not a good explanation of what to fill into the commands. Here's what worked for me:

First you must set the password that will be used to encrypt the login information that is sent and stored. You can make up whatever password. You need to run this command on all the front-end web servers. If it's just one SharePoint server, you just run it on that server. Make sure to run these in an elevated command prompt.

stsadm –o setapppassword -password ThePasswordYouMadeUp

Next you need to add the other domains. You can add multiple domains and\or forests. The login given needs to be a login that has read access to the user list you want on the domain. I just used my own account which doesn't have any special privileges. You should make an account with more restricted access specifically for this. That way you don't have to worry about password changes. I'm going to put some example logins in the line below to help make the example clear. The login names should be in the format DOMAIN\LOGIN. You can use a different account for each domain or forest. I'm using the same account for both below.

stsadm –o setproperty –pn peoplepicker-searchadforests –pv ",TG\Hunter,MyPassword;, TG\Hunter,MyPassword" -url http://YourSharePointSiteHere

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 September 2011 13:52  


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