syncing assistant between ad and exchange
We currently have the asstistant field (relational) maintained in AD. There is an asistant field (string) in exchange. People would like to be able to view the assistant information in the exchange address book. Has anyone synced these 2 fields?
November 28th, 2011 9:36am

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November 28th, 2011 12:28pm

Exchange uses AD so, unless you have a different forest for Exchange, there is no need to sync anything. Usually fields in the GAL have different display names to the underlying field in AD. The easiest thing is to populate the attribute through Exchange and then inspect it using ADSIedit - then you'll get the AD system name of the field you just updated. This will be useful if you do then need to sync the data to another AD forest.
November 28th, 2011 3:34pm

the assistant attribute is what is used by ad and the attribute msExchAssistantName is what exchange uses. Assistant is a relational attribute - which is good if the assistant changes info it is dynamic link - while msExchAssistantName is a string variable.
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November 30th, 2011 1:12pm

It used to be possible to do relational to string flows with the sync service, but they broke (ahem "fixed") that in FIM so it's trickier than it used to be. Where is the assistant coming from originally? Is it maintained directly in AD or is it flowing from somewhere else?
November 30th, 2011 3:57pm

Hi Betsy, If you need to convert attribute values i would suggest that you import the relational attribute to a string attribute in FIM sync ma and service. You can do this by using customexpression - IIF(IsPresent(Assistant),Assistant,Null()) in the import from AD sync rule then you will get the assistant name as a string in FIM and you can send it to other datasources as a string. I've done this were i need to gather manager (relational) and send information to other systems that require manager name (string). //Christian
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December 1st, 2011 7:55am

Thanks all - you think they would make this easier.
December 16th, 2011 10:17am

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