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People Search

Posted by Jean Paul on May 29, 2014

In this article we can explore People Search and How to configure it for SharePoint 2013 Search.

What is People Search?

People Search is the ability to Search for People by their Name & Conversations. People Search is performed by clicking the People vertical in Enterprise Search center.

For example: You can search using an existing Employee Name of your SharePoint site.

Is People Search enabled by default?

In the default configuration it is not enabled. We need to do additional configuration steps to setup people search.

Before Configuration

Following is the situation before People Search Configuration.

No result yielded when searching by name, even though the user created a document.


Configuration for People Search

Following are the configuration items for People Search:

1. Create My Site

2. Create Content Source

3. Full Crawl


Following service applications should be running:

· Search Service Application

· Managed Metadata Service Application

· User Profile Service Application


Following are the configuration items for People Search:

Step 1: Create My Site

Open Central Administration > Manage Service Applications > User Profile Service Application > Setup My Sites option.


In the appearing page, enter the Search Center URL & Click Ok button.


Step 2: Create Content Source

Now we need to create a New Content Source for People Search. Open Central Administration > Manage Service Applications > Search Service Application > Content Sources link > New Content Source.


Enter the following details:

1. Name as People Search

2. Address as sps3://my-site-url

3. Only crawl the Site Collection of each start address

4. Save changes


If you receive an error saying the URL is already part of another content source, then perform following steps:

1. Stop all crawls

2. Open Local SharePoint Sites content source

3. Remove sps3:// url from there

4. Save changes

5. Try creating People Search content source again


The SPS3:// specifies the Protocol as SharePoint People Search. If you are using https, then choose sps3s. In the remaining part, you need to enter the My Site URL obtained from the previous step.

Step 3: Perform Full Crawl

Now perform a full crawl for the content source.


Wait for few minutes for the crawl to be completed.

Step 4: Test People Search

Back in the SharePoint Search user interface; try searching using a valid user name. You should see the result in the Everything and People vertical.


This confirms our People Search configuration as successful.


You need to have User Profile Synchronization running to search by a user name. Please refer the References section for more information.



In this article we have explored People Search configuration for SharePoint 2013.

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