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MOSS Explained: An Information Worker’s Deep Dive into Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 by John Ross, Nicola Young

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7. User Profiles, My Sites, and Audience Targeting

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MOSS maintains user information in user profiles. MOSS user profiles store user information, including name, contact information, skill sets—just about anything you might expect a user profile to contain. User profiles serve a critical role in SharePoint and have the following characteristics:

  • Powerful and flexible. MOSS user profiles can be pulled and synchronized from a wide variety of external data sources. Frequently, MOSS imports user profile data from a company’s Microsoft Server Active Directory (AD). However, using custom code and the Business Data Catalog (BDC), profiles can be imported from just about ...

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