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Sharepoint Foundations 2013 Simple Employee Directory

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I have a SharePoint Foundations 2013 hosted site and I'm trying to create a simple employee directory.  I've searched the internet and I can't find instructions for this that pertain to SharePoint Foundations 2013.  I have found everything else but that.  The instructions that I have found point to menu options that I can't find anywhere.  I am the sight owner so I should have all the necessary permissions.
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by:SneekCo
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A few questions first:
What is going to be your source of information such as Name, Department etc...?
Have you ever created a list in your "site" before? Are you familiar with that process?

If so, and if you don't want to you something outside of SharePoint as the source of your information. You can create an out of the box "Contact List". That can be your Employee Directory.

Good luck...
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I can either pull the information from active directory or my Exchange which is hosted by the same company.  AD and Exchange have Directory Link enabled so when I create the user in AD it is synced with Exchange.   I've created a few list for the site already.  That part was easy.  I just can't seem to find a starting place for the Staff Directory.
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There is nothing out of the box, no list template or anything that creates a "Staff Directory" as such. Would be nice, but there is nothing. Probably an app or 3rd party product for it.

Using SharePoint foundation, you have no User Profile Service that could be the basis for a Staff Directory, so no help there.

What you do have is custom list capabilities and PowerShell capabilities. This is just one idea, and there are probably others. Presuming you have a service account that can query AD, you could create a Powershell script that queries AD and then writes to a custom list. Easy? No. Fun and rewarding? Maybe, if you like that kind of stuff. There are of course other ways to do this, but this is just one idea. If you don't have a lot of users, you could also create the list and populate manually.

Hope that helps...
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by:Mwvarner
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Still holding out for a better solution but not very hopeful at this point.  Looks like a manual list may be my least bad option.
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Although my suggestion was a recommendation that is a "least bad option", it should be worth a few points. There was time and effort used in trying to assist, and the information was accurate. It's not my fault that SharePoint does not offer what you are looking for.

Thanks
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by:Mwvarner
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Your suggestion was appreciated and I thought I gave you all the points.
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by:Mwvarner
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Let's try this again.   Not sure why points weren't awarded the first time I closed the question.  The answer was appreciated.  My frustration wasn't with the suggestion but with Microsoft.
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Thanks for the note back. The system showed that a delete was requested and no points awarded. Maybe just a delay in the system.

Wish I could have helped more. I would like to have that functionality too, but sometimes SharePoint seems to avoid making basic things easy :-)

Have a good one!
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Thanks for the points. If you have other questions, I hope I can be of some assistance.
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