Applies to: SharePoint Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2011-07-11

Updates the profile photo store to be compatible with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010.

Update-SPProfilePhotoStore -MySiteHostLocation <SPSitePipeBind> [-AssignmentCollection <SPAssignmentCollection>] [-CreateThumbnailsForImportedPhotos <$true | $false>] [-NoDelete <$true | $false>]

After upgrading from Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, run the Update-SPProfilePhotoStore cmdlet to ensure that the SharePoint profile photo store is compatible with SharePoint Server 2010. The Update-SPProfilePhotoStore cmdlet should be used only after an upgrade from Office SharePoint Server 2007 has completed. When the Update-SPProfilePhotoStore cmdlet is used, three thumbnail versions with predictable sizes and names are created from the original photo, the new photos are placed into the My Site Host's User Photos library, and the property value in the profile database is updated.

During the operation, the original image is left as-is. If the operation fails for certain users for any reason, it continues on to the next user.


Parameter Required Type Description




Specifies the URL for the My Site host location where the photos are to be uploaded.




Manages objects for the purpose of proper disposal. Use of objects, such as SPWeb or SPSite, can use large amounts of memory and use of these objects in Windows PowerShell scripts requires proper memory management. Using the SPAssignment object, you can assign objects to a variable and dispose of the objects after they are needed to free up memory. When SPWeb, SPSite, or SPSiteAdministration objects are used, the objects are automatically disposed of if an assignment collection or the Global parameter is not used.

When the Global parameter is used, all objects are contained in the global store. If objects are not immediately used, or disposed of by using the Stop-SPAssignment command, an out-of-memory scenario can occur.


Update-SPProfilePhotoStore -MySiteHostLocation http://mysites

This example uploads photos to a specified My Site host location.