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Create, edit, or delete a User Profile service application (SharePoint Server 2010)

Published: May 12, 2010

The User Profile Service is a shared service in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 that provides a central location for configuring and managing the following personalization settings:

  • User profile properties

  • Audiences

  • Profile synchronization settings

  • Organization browsing and management settings

  • My Site settings

This article provides required information and procedures for configuring a User Profile Service application.

Procedures in this task:

Before reading this article, you should understand the concepts described in User Profile service application overview (SharePoint Server 2010).

Task requirements

Before you perform this procedure, confirm the following:

Create a User Profile Service application

Use Central Administration to create a User Profile Service application

Perform the following procedure to create a User Profile Service application.

To create a User Profile Service application by using Central Administration

  1. Verify that you have the following administrative credentials:

    • To use Central Administration to create a User Profile Service application, you must be a member of the Farm Administrators group.

  2. On the Central Administration Web site, in the Application Management section, click Manage service applications.

  3. On the Manage Service Applications page, click the Service Applications tab to activate the ribbon.

  4. In the Create group of the ribbon, click New, and then click User Profile Service Application in the list of service applications to create.

  5. In the Create New User Profile Service Application dialog box, in the Name section, type a unique name for the User Profile Service application.

  6. In the Application Pool section, select Use existing application pool to choose an existing application pool from the list or select Create a new application pool to create a new application pool.

  7. In the Application Pool section, for the Select a security account for this application pool option, select Predefined to choose an existing predefined security account from the list or select Configurable to choose an existing managed account.

  8. In the Profile Database section, in the Database Server box, type the name of the database server where the profile database will be located. In the Database Name box, type the name of the database where profile information will be stored.

  9. In the Profile Database section, for the Database authentication option, select Windows Authentication (recommended) to use Integrated Windows Authentication to connect to the profile database or select SQL authentication to enter the credentials that will be used to connect to the profile database.

  10. In the Failover Server section, in the Failover Database Server box, type the name of the database server to be used in conjunction with Microsoft SQL Server database mirroring.

  11. In the Synchronization Database section, in the Database Server box, type the name of the database server where the synchronization database will be located. In the Database Name box, type the name of the database where synchronization information will be stored.

    note Note:

    Only ASCII characters are allowed for the synchronization database name.

    note Note:

    If connecting to an existing or restored synchronization database, you must wait at least 2 minutes after starting the Sync service before importing the FIM key.

  12. In the Synchronization Database section, for the Database authentication option, select Windows Authentication (recommended) to use Integrated Windows Authentication to connect to the synchronization database or select SQL authentication to type the credentials that will be used to connect to the synchronization database.

  13. In the Failover Server section, in the Failover Database Server box, type the name of the database server to be used in conjunction with Microsoft SQL Server database mirroring.

  14. In the Social Tagging Database section, in the Database Server box, type the name of the database server where the social tagging database will be located. In the Database Name box, type the name of the database where social tags will be stored.

  15. In the Social Tagging Database section, for the Database authentication option, select Windows Authentication (recommended) to use Integrated Windows Authentication to connect to the social tagging database or select SQL authentication to type the credentials that will be used to connect to the social tagging database.

  16. In the Failover Server section, in the Failover Database Server box, type the name of the database server to be used in conjunction with Microsoft SQL Server database mirroring.

    Important Important:

    In the Profile Synchronization Instance section, disregard this setting because this selection is ignored when profile synchronization is configured.

  17. In the My Site Host URL section, type the URL of the site collection where the My Site Host has been provisioned.

  18. In the My Site Managed Path section, type the managed path where individual My Sites will be created.

    note Note:

    Self-service site creation can be enabled for the Web application that hosts My Sites. Users must have Create Personal Site permissions to create their own My Site. By default, this permission is enabled in SharePoint Server 2010 for all authenticated users. Ensure that you want the default setting to apply to the organization. Alternatively, you can use one or more security groups to grant the Create Personal Site permission to a subset of users in an organization. For more information about self-service site creation, see Turn on or turn off self-service site creation (SharePoint Server 2010)

  19. In the Site Naming Format section, select one of the following formats for naming new personal sites:

    • User name (do not resolve conflicts)

    • User name (resolve conflicts by using domain_username)

    • Domain and user name (will not have conflicts)

  20. In the Default Proxy Group section, select whether or not you want the proxy of this User Profile Service to be a part of the default proxy group on this farm.

Use Windows PowerShell to create a User Profile Service application

Perform the following procedure to create a User Profile Service application.

To create a User Profile Service application by using Windows PowerShell

  1. Verify that you meet the following minimum requirements: See Add-SPShellAdmin.

  2. On the Start menu, click All Programs.

  3. Click Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products.

  4. Click SharePoint 2010 Management Shell.

  5. From the Windows PowerShell command prompt (that is, PS C:\>), type the following command and press ENTER:

    $app_UPA = New-SPProfileServiceApplication -Name UPA -PartitionMode  -ApplicationPool $appPool

For more information, see New-SPProfileServiceApplication.

note Note:

We recommend that you use Windows PowerShell when performing command-line administrative tasks. The Stsadm command-line tool has been deprecated, but is included to support compatibility with previous product versions.

Edit a User Profile Service application

Perform the following procedure to edit a User Profile Service application.

To edit a User Profile Service application

  1. Verify that you have the following administrative credentials:

    • To use Central Administration to edit a User Profile Service application, you must be a member of the Farm Administrators group.

  2. On the Central Administration Web site, in the Application Management section, click Manage service applications.

  3. On the Manage Service Applications page, in the Type column, click User Profile Service Application to highlight the row.

  4. In the Operations group of the ribbon, click Properties.

  5. In the Edit User Profile Service Application dialog box, edit the properties for which you want to make changes, and then click OK.

Delete a User Profile Service application

Perform the following procedure to delete a User Profile Service application.

To delete a User Profile Service application

  1. Verify that you have the following administrative credentials:

    • To use Central Administration to delete a User Profile Service application, you must be a member of the Farm Administrators group.

  2. On the Central Administration Web site, in the Application Management section, click Manage service applications.

  3. On the Manage Service Applications page, in the Type column, click the User Profile Service application that you want to delete to highlight the row.

  4. In the Operations group of the ribbon, click Delete.

  5. In the Delete Service Application dialog box, verify that you have selected the correct User Profile Service application to delete, select Delete data associated with the Service Applications to delete all data associated with the selected User Profile Service application, and then click OK.

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