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Create, edit, or delete User Profile service applications in SharePoint Server 2013

SharePoint 2013
 

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

Topic Last Modified: 2014-05-01

Summary: Learn how to configure a User Profile service application in SharePoint Server 2013.

The User Profile service is a shared service in SharePoint Server 2013 that provides a central location for configuring and managing the following personalization settings:

  • User profile properties

  • Audiences

  • Profile synchronization settings

  • Organization browsing and administration settings

  • My Site settings

This article contains required information and procedures for configuring a User Profile service application.

ImportantImportant:
This article applies to only SharePoint Server 2013.

In this article:

Before reading this article, you should understand the concepts described in Overview of the User Profile service application in 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:

Individual services that are deployed in a SharePoint Server 2013 farm are named service applications. A service application provides a resource that can be shared across sites throughout a farm, and can be accessed by users through a service application connection to a web application.

You can create a User Profile service application by using either the SharePoint Central Administration website or Windows PowerShell.

To create a User Profile Service application by using Central Administration
  1. Verify that the user account that completes this procedure has the following credentials:

    • The user account that performs this procedure is a member of the Farm Administrators SharePoint group.

  2. Start SharePoint 2013 Central Administration.

    • For Windows Server 2008 R2:

      • Click Start, click Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Products, and then click SharePoint 2013 Central Administration.

    • For Windows Server 2012:

      • On the Start screen, click SharePoint 2013 Central Administration.

        If SharePoint 2013 Central Administration is not on the Start screen:

      • Right-click Computer, click All apps, and then click SharePoint 2013 Central Administration.

    For more information about how to interact with Windows Server 2012, see Common Management Tasks and Navigation in Windows Server 2012.

  3. On Central Administration, in the Application Management section, click Manage service applications.

  4. On the Manage Service Applications page, click the Service Applications tab to enable the ribbon.

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

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

  7. 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. For information about when to choose an existing application pool or create a new one, see Managing Application Pools in IIS 7.

  8. 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.

  9. In the Profile Database section, in the Database Server box, type the name of the database server where you want to create the profile database. In the Database Name box, type the name that you want to use for the profile database.

  10. 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.

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

  12. In the Synchronization Database section, in the Database Server box, type the name of the database server where you want to create the synchronization database. In the Database Name box, type the name of the synchronization database.

    NoteNote:
    Only ASCII characters are allowed for the synchronization database name.
    NoteNote:
    If connecting to an existing or restored synchronization database, you must wait at least 2 minutes after you start the Sync service before importing the FIM key.
  13. 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.

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. In the Failover Server section, in the Failover Database Server box, type the name of the database server that you want to use with SQL Server database mirroring.

    ImportantImportant:
    In the Profile Synchronization Instance section, ignore this setting because this selection is ignored when profile synchronization is configured.
  18. In the My Site Host URL section, type the URL of the site collection where the My Site Host is provisioned.

  19. In the My Site Managed Path section, type the managed path where you want to create individual My Sites.

    NoteNote:
    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 2013 for all authenticated users. Ensure that you want the default setting to apply to the organization. Or, 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 2013).
  20. 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_user name)

    • Domain and user name (will not have conflicts)

  21. In the Default Proxy Group section, select whether you want the proxy of this User Profile service application to be a part of the default proxy group on this farm.

To create a User Profile service application by using Windows PowerShell
  1. Verify that you have the following memberships:

    • securityadmin fixed server role on the SQL Server instance.

    • db_owner fixed database role on all databases that are to be updated.

    • Administrators group on the server on which you are running the Windows PowerShell cmdlets.

    An administrator can use the Add-SPShellAdmin cmdlet to grant permissions to use SharePoint 2013 cmdlets.

    NoteNote:
    If you do not have permissions, contact your Setup administrator or SQL Server administrator to request permissions. For additional information about Windows PowerShell permissions, see Add-SPShellAdmin.
  2. Start the SharePoint 2013 Management Shell.

    • For Windows Server 2008 R2:

      • On the Start menu, click All Programs, click Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Products, and then click SharePoint 2013 Management Shell.

    • For Windows Server 2012:

      • On the Start screen, click SharePoint 2013 Management Shell.

        If SharePoint 2013 Management Shell is not on the Start screen:

      • Right-click Computer, click All apps, and then click SharePoint 2013 Management Shell.

    For more information about how to interact with Windows Server 2012, see Common Management Tasks and Navigation in Windows Server 2012.

  3. At the Windows PowerShell command prompt, type the following command:

    $appPool = New-SPIisWebServiceApplicationPool -Name HostedAppPool -Account (Get-SPManagedAccount "contoso\AppPoolAccount")
    
    $app_UPA = New-SPProfileServiceApplication -Name UPA -PartitionMode  -ApplicationPool $appPool
    

For more information, see New-SPProfileServiceApplication.

NoteNote:
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.

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

To edit a User Profile service application
  1. Verify that the user account that completes this procedure has the following credentials:

    • The user account that performs this procedure is a member of the Farm Administrators SharePoint group.

  2. On Central Administration, 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.

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

To delete a User Profile service application
  1. Verify that the user account that completes this procedure has the following credentials:

    • The user account that performs this procedure is a member of the Farm Administrators SharePoint group.

  2. On Central Administration, 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. If you want, select Delete data associated with the Service Applications to delete all data associated with the selected User Profile service application.

  6. Click OK.

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