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Adding attendees not in AD to SharePoint 2007 site

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I am trying to add attendees in a SharePoint 2007 site.  When I click on Manage attendees I get a dialog to add employees, but not non-employees.  I've added several people who have domain accounts with no problem.  The remaining people I need to add are in the AD only as contacts; they don't have domain accounts.

How can I add non-account people to the attendees list?

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Jono
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In SharePoint 2007, each zone supports one method of authentication.  You can extend the web application to add another zone to add another form authentication (like forms based authentication on SQL).

In order for people to be added in any fashion to SharePoint, they have to be in one of the authentication providers (i.e. AD).  If you setup an extended web application to add another authentication zone with forms based authentication, your meeting attendees could come from both providers.
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by:Jono Martin
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OK, I'll need some clarification and a couple of definitions.

I'm not familiar with zones in SharePoint.  I also don't know what authentication providers are in AD.  Can you explain what these are and how to do what you've proposed?

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Jono
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Sure.

With SharePoint, authentication providers include Active Directory and Forms Based Authentication.  It is basically what system that SharePoint checks a user's login against.

In SharePoint your website is a web application.  Each web application can only have one authentication provider (meaning Active Directory is your current provider and you cannot add another).

You can extend your web application, basically making a second method of accessing the same SharePoint content with a different URL.  On the second web application, you can set a different authentication provider, like Forms Based Authentication.

Here is how to extend a web application to add the second site to get to your content: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc287954(office.12).aspx

Here is a tutorial on how to configure forms based authentication with a SQL backend for the extended application: http://www.simple-talk.com/dotnet/windows-forms/configuring-forms-authentication-in-sharepoint-2007/

Once you have all of that setup, you can add users to that SQL provider rather than in AD.
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by:Jono Martin
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Excellent!  Thanks.
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