Personalize a SharePoint Site with Audiences - Part 1

Written By: Chris Beckett -- 5/19/2011 -- join -- contribute -- (1909) comments -- printer friendly version

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At this point, your audience is available for use on your farm. If you audience membership after compilation shows 0, the most common issues include:

  • User Profile synchronization has not been setup, or an initial full synchronization has not been completed. In this case, you will need to configure and run a User Profile Synchronization job, and then re-compile your audience.
  • If you define a User rule that defines membership based on Security or Distribution groups, those groups must be included in your User Profile synchronization. Verify that the Active Directory container for your group is included in a Synchronization Connection, and that no connection filters have been defined to omit Security or Distribution groups.
  • The User Profile properties you are matching membership against have missing or invalid data. It is not uncommon for information stored in Active Directory or User Profile properties to be incomplete or incorrect. Manually verify your rules against a specific User Profile to help isolate any problems.

Next Steps

  • Create additional audiences to help users target relevant content across your SharePoint sites. Common facets for audiences including roles within the company, geographic location, job seniority, employment status (contract, full-time, etc).
  • Schedule Audience Compilation to re-compile your audience membership on a periodic basis and keep it up-to-date with your User Profile sources.
  • Check out the article on Creating Customized SharePoint Permissions
  • 'Watchout' for Access Requests When Managing Permissions With Groups
  • Read Part 2 of this article to use audiences in your SharePoint sites to target information to your audience members.
  • Return to MSSharepointTips to read about other topics and ideas.
  • Check out for great information about Microsoft SQL Server.

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