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How to pull user data from AD to SharePoint contact list?

I have created a employee directory in SharePoint Foundation 2010 using contact list type.
Now, i wanted to know instead of recreating the employee list on SharePoint contact list, is there any way to pull the users details from Active Directory itself.
Please  guide me on this.
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Hello,

why do you want to re-create a list of AD users in SharePoint? What do you want to achieve?

SharePoint Foundation does not include the User Profile Service, which can synchronize data between sources like Active Directory and SharePoint. You would need the Server or Enterprise license for that.

But what is the purpose of the employee directory in SharePoint if you already have all employees in AD?

Please explain the bigger picture.

cheers, teylyn
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I just need a contact list on SharePoint which will maintain the Employee details of mine and nothing else i want to achieve.Yes, but those names should be from AD itself .
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Ok thanks for your solution.