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Start profile synchronization manually in SharePoint Server 2013

SharePoint 2013
 

Applies to: SharePoint Server 2013 Standard, SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise

Topic Last Modified: 2013-12-18

Summary: Learn how to start profile synchronization manually in SharePoint Server 2013.

This article describes how to start profile synchronization for SharePoint Server 2013 manually. You can start a full synchronization or an incremental synchronization of profile information. You might want to consider starting profile synchronization manually if you have made considerable changes to user profiles, for example if you want to test the profile synchronization feature.

For information about when to use full or incremental synchronization, see Types of synchronization in Overview of profile synchronization in SharePoint Server 2013.

You can also schedule profile synchronization to run automatically according to a schedule. For more information, see Schedule profile synchronization in SharePoint Server 2013.

ImportantImportant:
This article applies to only SharePoint Server 2013.

Before you begin this operation, review the following information about prerequisites:

NoteNote:
Because SharePoint 2013 runs as websites in Internet Information Services (IIS), administrators and users depend on the accessibility features that browsers provide. SharePoint 2013 supports the accessibility features of supported browsers. For more information, see the following resources:

You can manually start a full synchronization or an incremental synchronization of profile information.

To start profile synchronization manually
  1. Verify that the user account that is performing this procedure is a farm administrator or an administrator of the User Profile service application to perform this procedure. If the user account is not a farm administrator, start this procedure by using the Manage Profile Service page.

  2. On the SharePoint Central Administration website, in the Application Management section, click Manage service applications.

  3. On the Manage Service Applications page, click in the Name column of the User Profile Service Application row.

  4. On the Manage Profile Service page, in the Synchronization section, click Start Profile Synchronization.

  5. On the Start Profile Synchronization page, select Start Incremental Synchronization to synchronize only profiles that have changed since the last synchronization, or select Start Full Synchronization to synchronize all profiles.

    NoteNote:
    Full synchronization can take a long time. For more information about when to use full synchronization and incremental synchronization, see the "Types of synchronization" section in Overview of profile synchronization in SharePoint Server 2013.
  6. Click OK.

    NoteNote:
    Refresh the Manage Profile Service page to view the profile synchronization status.

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