The User Profile Web service namespace is an arbitrary name for a reference to the UserProfileService.asmx Web service in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.
The User Profile Web service provides a user profile interface for remote clients to read and create user profiles.
To use the User Profile Web service library, you must generate a proxy class in either Microsoft Visual C# or Microsoft Visual Basic through which you can call the various Web service methods.
You access the Web Services Description Language (WSDL) for the User Profile Web service endpoint through UserProfileService.asmx?wsdl.
The following example shows the format of the URL to the User Profile Web service WSDL file.
If you do not have a custom site, you can use the following URL temporarily:
It is recommended that you create a custom site, and then use the URL that includes the custom site in the URL format.
The following table describes each element in the URL.
The name of the server on which Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is deployed.
A custom Office SharePoint Server 2007 site that the server administrator creates.
The name of the Web service endpoint. For User Profile Web service, it is
For more information about the WSDL format, see the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) WSDL specification at http://www.w3.org/TR/wsdl.
For a code example about how to use the User Profile Web service to retrieve a user's property data and membership, link, and colleague information, see How to: Use the Web Service to Find What's Common Between Two User Profiles.