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How to set up People Search in SharePoint 2010

Since I’m talking about Enterprise Search tonight at OKCSUG, I thought I would write up a quick post on the steps you need to follow in order to get People Search working in SharePoint 2010.  The critical piece of course is getting the User Profile Synchronizations service working.  There are plenty of posts about it, so I’m not going to go into the details of how to get that part of it work.  SharePointDevWiki and MSDN do a pretty good job of getting you started.  The main thing is you want your Forefront Services started and looking something like this.


In Central Administration, on Services on Server, you want your User Profile services to show that they are started.


If your server doesn’t look like what you have above, then you probably have a problem.  With Beta 2, if you have made any changes to these services or so much as looked at them, you will need to reinstall SharePoint. Don’t bother trying to get it to work, because it will never happen.  Just ask twitter, it’s true. Don’t waste your time, just reinstall now.

If everything is running correctly, you need to set up a profile synchronization connection.  This is somewhat similar to the process you used in MOSS 2007, but they updated it a bit to make it a bit more user friendly.  For example, you don’t have to specify LDAP queries to get the objects you want any more.  Just specify an account on the domain, and then pick the object you want to import using a tree viewer.  The SharePointDevWiki article has some good screenshots on setting this up.  If you have any issues with JavaScript errors on the screens, hit F12 and use IE7 mode and it will probably work.  Once you have configured your connection, start a new synchronization job and wait for it to finish.

At this point you have user profiles, but you can’t search them yet.  You’re dying to see all of the new features in People Search, so we have to do a crawl to make that happen.  At this point, it’s much like MOSS 2007.  In fact it uses the same protocol handler, sps3.  Hopefully, you know where they moved Search Administration to now that they have gotten rid of the SSP.  If not, it’s under Central Administration –>Service Applications –> Search Service Application –> Manage button.  Once you are here, go to Content Sources.  You should see one content source called Local SharePoint Sites.  Depending on how you installed, this may be correct or it may not be.  For start addresses, you should see something like http://server-name and sps3://server-name.  Here is what mine looks like.


Sometimes, the sps3 address won’t be there, so you need to add it.  You can add it to this content source or create another one.  It really doesn’t matter.  Once it’s created, you need to do a full crawl.  If you haven’t created an Enterprise Search Center yet, now is a good time to do so.  Once you create it, click on the People tab and search for someone you know.  That’s all there really is to it.  If you have User Profile sync working, then the rest is easy.

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Corey Roth, a SharePoint Server MVP, is an independent consultant specializing in Cloud technologies such as Azure and Office 365. He also specializes in mobile development. Corey serves as the product manager for two cloud-first mobile app platforms: BrewZap and HappenZap.