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Import Contacts into Active Directory

How to Import Contacts into Active Directory and Export Data

31 August 2012

Step 1: Prepare the AD Contacts OU

In this Example we have created a new OU called ‘Contacts’ that we will Synchronise our Contact Data into.



Step 2: Connect Data Source A to a Source of Contacts


We have created some sample Data and connected it to Data Source A to Synchronise with Active Directory. In this example we use the UserCode column as our Unique Key and we will store this value in the EmployeeId attribute in Active Directory to maintain the link between records.



Step 3: Connect Data Source B to your active directory Contacts OU

We need to specify a correctly formed LDAP Connection such as the one below for this.


We also need to modify the LDAPFilter property to return objects of Type ‘Contact’ for example (&(objectCategory=contact))



Step 5: Adjust the Active Directory Properties 

Next we need to adjust a few properties on the Active Directory provider to enable the creation of new records in your AD.

Set the following properties

SchemaClassName to ‘Contact’

SchemaItemFormat to ‘$FirstName$ $Surname$’

EnableAdd to ‘True’

EnableDelete to ‘True’ (Optional)




Step 6: Map the schemas and compare the Source and Synchronise the AD Contacts OU


Then Setup your Schema Map to Map your Source Columns to Active Directory and in this case using the EmployeeID to Store an Identifier to the Contact record.




Now when you Compare and Synchronise the records are created in your AD.





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