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2458797 - PERSON_ID_EXTERNAL column found in basic user import template


  • PERSON_ID_EXTERNAL appears in basic user import file, although I don't see it listed in the standard element in Manage Business Config
  • We've noticed a new column in the basic user import file PERSON_ID_EXTERNAL. What's it for?


Employee Profile

Employee Central 2.0

Reproducing the Issue

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In order to provide a possibility to pass over a GUID from outside (e.g if the source system already supports the concept of a global, unique identifier) we have to expose PERSON_GUID and PERSON_ID_EXTERNAL as new parameters in basic user import.

Reasoning behind this:

Often customers will create users in the system, and have the system create these users with an automatically generated user system ID. Later they reaslise that they need to maintain a Global User ID for that user as part of a 3rd party integration.

For EC customers, they can use the Person Id External value in the Person Info Element, but for non-EC customers, this was not possible. Now with the Person Id External value being maintained in the Basic User Import file, you can add a backend Person Id External value to a user account which can help identify users as part of a 3rd party integration.

The Field is a DB field, and is not exposed in the User Profile Page in Front End of system.  


This value should only be imported for Non-Ec customers using the basic user improt. For Ec customers integrations should be set up to target the Person_Id_External field in the Biographical Information (personInfo) portlet/element.


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