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User directory in Sharepoint Foundation 2010

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We have an intranet on Sharepoint 2010 and now my boss wants to add a user direcotory complete with pictures, title, phone etc. We have AD on a Server 2008 R2 server but up to now have only added the basics for info for each users. I did make a form for the Personnel Dept to  use when a new person comes in or someone quits so I know to remove them from AD, disable and perhaps forward email temporarily, list groups for outgoing users so I can more easily set up the new person when they come on board, etc.

My question is what is the best way to complete this task. Try to pull this data from AD or flesh out my personnel form to include the missing data? And how do I  work a photo into this?
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Foundation doesn't have a global user repository, like the server version of SharePoint.  This would be out of the box functionality with SharePoint Server.  It can import AD information into a global store, and you can even add custom fields that aren't in AD, which you can manipulate in SharePoint.

As far as photo's, AD now has a field to hold this information. http://windowsitpro.com/active-directory/q-how-can-i-add-pictures-my-users-active-directory-ad
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I had read that Foundation does not have a global user repository, but since the Personnel department is uploading all the data about new users except the photo anyway I was looking for a way to pull that info into another page to display current users, using a view to exclude those who are exiting.
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Have you looked into content query web part?  If you are in the same site collection it will work.  If you are trying to go across site collections, it will take customization, or a third party web app.

https://www.nothingbutsharepoint.com/sites/eusp/pages/how-to-customize-sharepoint-list-content-display-using-content-query-web-part.aspx
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You are right, Foundation does not do this natively, but the Starting/Exiting form I already have running contains almost all the data I need for the directory, just had to add pictures and a field to flag VIPs that need to show up in the directory first. After that I made a custom view sorting my users by department, etc. I need to work on the the page layout now but that is another issue.
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