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Scenario: Personal sites (My Sites) in SharePoint Server 2013

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What are personal sites: People do their everyday tasks in SharePoint by navigating among three hubs: Newsfeed, OneDrive, and Sites. The underlying software powering the features in these hubs is My Sites technology.

Why would I use this scenario: My Sites technology provides profile data, activity feeds, tagging capabilities, and search results for each SharePoint user in your organization. When you deploy My Sites, each user gets a starting place in SharePoint that brings together the sites, documents, and other information that they care about and helps them share what they know.

  1. Explore

  2. Plan

  3. Develop

  4. Configure

  5. Manage

  6. Use


SharePoint Server 2013 builds on past releases of SharePoint to bring social computing to the enterprise. Explore the ways that SharePoint 2013 can help people in your organization connect to each other, and manage and share information.

Watch the following video or read this article for an overview of the benefits and value that social computing and collaboration bring to the enterprise.


To get the most of your deployment, take some time to plan how your My Sites deployment will integrate with your directory services and other business systems.

User profiles and synchronization

Learn about the User Profile service application and profile synchronization (also known as profile sync) in SharePoint Server 2013 and how SharePoint Server 2013 uses it to enable social computing features. Profile sync enables User Profile service administrators to synchronize user and group profile information that is stored in the SharePoint Server 2013 profile store with profile information that is stored in directory services and business systems across the enterprise.

Distributed Cache

The Distributed Cache service provides caching functionality to some features in SharePoint Server 2013, including the Newsfeed and My Sites. Planning a successful implementation of the Distributed Cache service is important to the performance of these social features.

Managed metadata

The social features in SharePoint Server 2013 rely on the managed metadata service to provide terms for hash tags in feeds and in community discussions. The managed metadata service contains a new term set for hash tagging.

My Sites and Newsfeed

My Sites features are always available to users while working in SharePoint. An important new feature is the Newsfeed, which allows users to publicly post and reply with short messages that the entire organization can access. Because the Newsfeed and My Sites depend on the Distributed Cache, planning for the Distributed Cache service is part of planning a My Sites and Newsfeed deployment.


The social features in SharePoint Server 2013 continue to rely on search for security trimming of results and for searching on people, expertise, discussions, and so on. Search is also required for the Community Portal to return the list of Community Sites in the SharePoint environment.


After you’ve planned your My Sites deployment, it’s time to install and configure.

User profiles

Once you have installed SharePoint Server 2013, you can configure the service application.

Profile synchronization

Profile synchronization is a part of the User Profile service application. Once you have set up the service app, you configure profile sync. You can configure SharePoint Server 2013 to synchronize the user profile information from your directory store by using the SharePoint Server synchronization tool or by importing directly from Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). Once configured, synchronization runs automatically at intervals you specify or on demand.

My Sites and Newsfeed

After planning your My Sites and Newsfeed deployment, the next step is to configure the My Sites and Newsfeed settings.

Distributed Cache

After installation, you may need to configure the Distributed Cache service, depending on your deployment.


Most of the configuration is done initially, but as things evolve you may need to revisit how user profiles are configured, import new profiles, or configure new features.

User Profile service administration

You may need to make changes to and manage the configuration of your User Profile service application, profile sync, and User Profile Replication Engine over time.

Distributed Cache

Maintaining your SharePoint Server 2013 deployment may involve configuration or topology changes to the configuration of the Distributed Cache service.


My Sites are now a transparent part of the SharePoint experience. Visit the Newsfeed, OneDrive, and Sites hubs at any time to engage in rich conversations, store and share documents, and find and manage SharePoint sites. Follow people, content, and sites to share ideas, sites, and content as you do your work and tap the collective knowledge of your organization.


Post to the public newsfeed, or post to the newsfeed on team sites. Posts can include pictures, videos, hyperlinks, tags and mentions. “Tags” are keyword terms that help people discover your post. “Mentions” are references to people in your organization that you think others might find interesting. Follow people you find interesting and then see their posts and other news about them in your Following view.


Sites lists all SharePoint sites that you’re currently following, along with suggestions for other sites to follow. Suggested sites may be sites your colleagues are following, or they may be sites that large numbers of people in your organization are already following. When you follow a site, you see an update in your Newsfeed when other people start following the site.

OneDrive for Business

OneDrive opens your professional library. Documents you store in your OneDrive for Business library are private but you can share them for viewing or editing as needed. You can also sync your OneDrive to your computer to access documents when you’re offline, providing that you’re using Office 2013 which comes with this feature.

About Me

About Me is your personal profile page. Your organization may fill out some basic details about you, such as your job title, department, and manager. Typically, the rest is up to you. Use your About Me page to highlight details about yourself you’d like others to know about, such as your expertise, interests, and background.

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