Updating Active Directory Manager Attribute

10 May 2012

With Data Synchronisation Studio you can now update the Manager attribute with the AD Provider if you modify the Provider configuration slightly.

By default we parse out the Manager field so that it's more suitable for input to SharePoint or something. However you can now switch off this parsing to get to the raw AD attribute value.

To update the manager you need to supply the full Distinguished name value of the AD Object you want to set which would be something like this below.

CN=Sean Cleaver,CN=Users,DC=xxx,DC=xxx,DC=com

Disable the TryParseValue and ReadOnly properties of the Manager field in the Property Collection on the AD Provider.

AD Property Collection

Here I created a Dynamic Column to return the Distinguished Name of the Manager to set against the AD Users.

Dynamic Columns

Now we just create a simple Schema Map mapping the X_Manager to Manager and using DSID as the Key column.

Project

Schema

Now you just need to compare the data and synchronise the changes.

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