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Enable or disable personal and social features for users or groups (SharePoint Server 2010)

Published: May 12, 2010

Farm Administrators or service administrators of a User Profile Service Application control who can create a My Site, and use personal and social features. For example, you might want a subset of users in an organization to be able to create My Sites, so you enable the Create Personal Site permission for those users. For more information, see User Profile service application overview (SharePoint Server 2010).

Administrators can enable users and groups to use any or all of the following permissions of the User Profile Service:

  • Use Personal Features

    Contains Memberships, such as SharePoint sites and distribution lists; Colleagues, such as the My Colleagues list and colleagues recommendations; My Links; My Personalization links, such as personalization site pinning; and User profile properties.

  • Create Personal Site

    Creates a My Site, which includes a personal, private My Home page and a public My Profile page.

  • Use Social Features

    Includes social tags, Note Board, and ratings.

You can add or remove permissions for users or groups. For example, by default all authenticated users can create a My Site and use personal and social features. An organization that has stricter security requirements might have to add specific users and groups, assign them the appropriate permissions, and remove all authenticated users.

Before you perform this procedure, confirm the following:

In this article:

Enable users or groups to use personal and social features

Use this procedure

To enable users or groups to use personal and social features

  1. Verify that you have the following administrative credentials:

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

  3. In the list of service applications, click User Profile Service Application.

  4. On the Manage Profile Service: User Profile Service Application page, in the People group, click Manage User Permissions.

  5. On the Permissions for User Profile Service Application page, type or select a user or group account, and then click Add.

  6. In the Permissions for box, check the feature or features that you want the user or group to be able to use, and then click OK.

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