Applies To:

GroupID 8, 9 and 10 - Self-Service

Business Case:

Using GroupID Self-Service, is it possible to add multi-valued attributes to the Self-Service portal?


This article guides you on how to add a multi-valued attribute in the Self Service portal. As an example here, we will add the multi-valued attribute, carLicense, in the portal.

More Information:

Active Directory objects can have different types of attributes. The two basic types are:

  • single-valued
  • multi-valued

Most Active Directory properties are single-valued, meaning that the attribute can hold only one value. Names, for example, are single-valued; a user can have only one distinguished name, one SAM Account name, one first name, one last name, and so on.

On the other hand, a multi-valued attribute can contain multiple values. Take phone numbers, for example. A person can have more than one home phone number or more than one cell phone number. Therefore, the multi-valued attributes act as a single attribute that could contain a whole bunch of values. For example, a multi-valued attribute can hold as many additional home phone numbers as you might have (555-1111; 555-2222; 555-3333, and more).

Note that Active Directory does not create attributes with empty values. Either the attribute contains a valid value or it does not exist for the object. Also, each value of a multi-valued attribute must be unique.


GroupID Self-Service enables you to add multi-valued attributes in the portal. For example, you can add the carLicense attribute to the user’s profile page.


  1. In GroupID Management Console, select Self-Service > Portals > [required portal] > Designs > [required identity store].
  2. On the Properties tab, select User from the Select Directory Object list.
  3. Select General in the Name list and click Edit.
  4. On the Edit Design Category dialog box, click Add.

  5. Select the carLicense attribute in the Field list, enter the display name as carLicense and set the display type to MultiValue.

  6. Click OK on the dialog boxes and then click the Save icon at the top of the page to save the settings.
  7. Launch the Self-Service portal. You would be able to see the new multi-valued box with the name carLicense on the General tab in user properties.
  8. To add a license number, click Add, enter the license number and click OK. Since this is a multi-valued attribute, you can add multiple license numbers.
  9. Click Save at the top of the page.

    You would be able to view the license numbers added to the user's profile.


GroupID online help topic: Customizing Properties Pages