User profiles for SharePoint Server 2013 learning roadmap

SharePoint 2013

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

Topic Last Modified: 2018-01-27

Use this learning roadmap to gain expertise about user profiles and associated technologies in SharePoint Server 2013.

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 makes it easy for people to work together. SharePoint 2013 enables you and your employees to set up web sites to share information with others, manage documents from start to finish, and publish reports to help everyone make informed decisions. A user profile is a collection of properties that describes a single user. A user profile also includes the policies and other settings that are associated with each property. SharePoint Server 2013 uses these user profiles in a variety of ways, for example, to organize information about the relationships among multiple users.

If you have not worked with user profiles yet, this article can help you learn how to build expertise with user profiles in SharePoint Server 2013. This article includes prerequisite articles that explain many fundamental concepts that you have to understand. After you understand the basics, you can start to learn about how to work with user profiles in SharePoint Server 2013 with the resources in the Level 100 (introductory) and 200 (intermediate) sections.

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We recommend that you read the articles in the order listed.

This section contains links to resources that explain background information that you should understand before you work with user profiles in SharePoint Server 2013.

  • Step 1: Learn about SharePoint logical architecture and topologies

    You must be familiar with the logical components and physical components of a SharePoint environment so that you can use and manage user profiles in your SharePoint farm.

    • Logical components

      • Web applications

      • Service applications

      • Site collections

    • Physical components

      • Web servers

      • Application servers

      • Database servers

    See Plan logical architectures for SharePoint 2013, and the Architecture design for SharePoint 2013 IT Pros Resource Center.

    Your goal is to understand the pieces of the logical and physical architecture of SharePoint so that you understand what level of the architecture in which you have to work.

  • Step 2: Learn about SharePoint databases

    Understand the types and names of the databases that SharePoint Server 2013 uses so that you know how to find and manage the databases that contain user profiles.

  • Step 3: Learn about service applications in SharePoint Server

    See About service applications and services in SharePoint 2013 and Manage service applications in SharePoint 2013.

    Your goal is to learn about how deployed services are used and shared across sites in a SharePoint farm and how to manage those services.

  • Step 4: Learn about new social computing features in SharePoint Server 2013 social computing

    The social computing and collaboration features in SharePoint Server 2013 enable you to administer social computing features and enable enterprise users to share and collaborate. Features such as Community Sites, the Community Portal, My Sites, and the microblog and feeds experience all involve user profiles. See What's new in social computing in SharePoint Server 2013.

    Your goal is to understand how user profiles works with the new social computing features in SharePoint Server 2013.

  • Step 5: Learn about Managing Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), including managing organizational units (OUs), groups and users, and working with domain controllers

    See Active Directory Domain Services Overview.

    Your goal is to understand, at a high-level, the AD DS server role in Windows Server and how administrators can use AD DS to organize elements of a network, such as users, computers, and other devices, into a hierarchical containment structure. The hierarchical containment structure includes the AD DS forest, domains in the forest, and organizational units (OUs) in each domain.

  • Step 6: Learn about Forefront Identity Manager (FIM)

    For an overview of FIM 2010 documentation and guidance for using it, see the Documentation Roadmap. The SharePoint synchronization service includes a version of FIM that it uses to synchronize user properties between the directory store and the User Profile service application. Your goal is to gain a general understanding of how FIM works so that you can configure FIM for synchronization.

The following resources contain introductory information about user profiles in SharePoint Server.

The following resources contain intermediate information about user profiles in SharePoint Server.

The following resources contain advanced information about user profiles in SharePoint Server.

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