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audience targeting not working in sharepoint

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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have audience targeting setup on some of my webparts on the home page of my sharepoint site. I created a new user today and they are able to see the webparts that they're not suppose to. It use to work, but I don't know what changed. I checked the group, and they are not apart of the group listed in the audience target in the web part settings. What could be causing this?
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Leandro IaconoSenior Premier Field Engineer

I would think the issue you are running into is because you need to "recompile" your audiences so that they get updated with the new user...

Audiences require them to be constantly "update" or "re-compiled". If you don't update or recompile your audience, the audience you created initally may never get information about the new users you added into AD which also apply to the rule you initally configured...

Its a bit hard to explain, but check this out:


So recompile the audience so that it updates and try it out again. It should work once the audience is re-compiled.


I recompiled the audience with no change.

can your users see the content of the web part or just an empty web part?


they see an access denied, because they don't have rights to the list. In the past they couldn't see the webpart at all when I used audiences.
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Keep in mind that audience targeting isn't security feature (and shouldn't be used as such) but is more like display one. If you don't want that users see particular content do not give them rights.
Even if users won't see that link for example they will be able to find it from search results instead (as ACL permits it).
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