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You will probably want to determine which applications shoppers users get to see. You do this by defining user categories which means that you do not have to make an application available globally – you can choose a particular group or user who can shop for it and it also helps organise the applications for easy selection in the Shopping Web portal. For example, if you have a software development group, you can just enable that group to shop for software development applications and not have to worry about unnecessary requests from your HR department or vice versa for HR specific applications.

Will I need to define the


users themselves?

Actually, you do not need to create shoppers users – it is all handled for you automatically by Shopping. Using your AD, Shopping is able automatically create users for the system when they browse the Shopping Website. Shopping gets the user's details as well as their department heads/managers.

The Configuration Manager client is used by Shopping to determine what site the user should be looking at, which in turn also determines what applications are made available to them in the Shopping interface and the shopperuser's email details are kept up-to-date using the AD synchronization settings described in Configuring AD synchronisation.


  1. In the Shopping Admin Console, choose the User Categories node.
  2. Right-click anywhere in the tight-pane and from the context menu, choose New User Category.
  3. In the New User Category wizard:
    1. On the Welcome screen, click Next.
    2. On the User Category General Details screen, provide a name and description for the user category(it is used the the Shopping Admin Console and in the list of categories which is visible to shoppersusers) and click Next.
      Creating a new user category
    3. On the Permissions screen, choose who can see the user category when they browse the Shopping interface:
      Defining permissions for the new user category
      • User/Group list – list of users or groups that have access to this user category
      • Add – adds shoppers users to the list of users who can view the application in the Select Users or Groups dialog. There are three sections to the browser: the object type, the location and the object names. The combination of the parameters in these sections allows you to select AD security groups or pinpoint individuals.

        Although it is possible to change the scope of the browser so that it returns computer groups, only user groups should be used with User Categories.

      Click OK to continue.

    4. On the Completion screen, click Finish.

Organising user categories into groups 

To help shoppers users find the applications they want to shop for, define category folders to organize the user categories into conceptual groups. To do this, display the properties for an existing user category and select the Category Folders tab.


In the Shopping Web, click the Microsoft Applications menu item to show what's available. Shoppers Users who are currently logged-in must sign-out and sign-back in again to view the changes.