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Start profile synchronization manually (SharePoint Server 2010)

SharePoint 2010

Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2011-11-10

This article describes how to start profile synchronization for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 manually. You can start a full synchronization or an incremental synchronization of profile information. You might want to consider starting profile synchronization manually if you have made considerable changes to user profiles, for example if you want to test the profile synchronization feature.

For information about when to use full or incremental synchronization, see Types of synchronization in Profile synchronization overview (SharePoint Server 2010).

You can also schedule profile synchronization to run automatically according to a schedule. For more information, see Schedule profile synchronization (SharePoint Server 2010).

Before you perform this procedure, ensure that you have completed the steps that are described in Configure profile synchronization (SharePoint Server 2010).

To start profile synchronization manually
  1. Verify that you have the following administrative credentials:

    • You must be a farm administrator or an administrator of the User Profile service application to perform this procedure. If you are not a farm administrator, start this procedure by using the Manage Profile Service page.

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

  3. On the Manage Service Applications page, click in the Name column of the User Profile Service Application row.

  4. On the Manage Profile Service page, in the Synchronization section, click Start Profile Synchronization.

  5. On the Start Profile Synchronization page, select Start Incremental Synchronization to synchronize only profiles that have changed since the last synchronization, or select Start Full Synchronization to synchronize all profiles.

    Full synchronization can take a long time. For more information about when to use full synchronization and incremental synchronization, see Types of synchronization in Profile synchronization overview (SharePoint Server 2010).
  6. Click OK.

    Refresh the Manage Profile Service page to view the profile synchronization status.

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