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Applies to: SharePoint Server 2013 Standard

Topic Last Modified: 2015-03-09

Updates the profile photo store to be compatible with SharePoint Server 2013.

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

After upgrading from Office SharePoint Server 2007 to SharePoint Server 2013, run the Update-SPProfilePhotoStore cmdlet to ensure that the SharePoint profile photo store is compatible with SharePoint Server 2013. 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.

During the migration of profile photos from one server URL to another, one can use the OldBaseUri and NewBaseUri parameters. You just need to specify the starting portion of the URL that has changed from old to new and an attempt to rebase the profile picture URLs will occur.

For example, OldBaseUri: http://server1/my/ProfilePhotos; NewBaseUri: http://server1/my/NewLocation/ProfilePhotos

SharePoint Management Shell


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.




Creates thumbnails for all the imported user profile pictures.




Specifies the new URL for profile pictures. For example, http://server2/.




When the value is set to true, it specifies the deletion of imported user profile pictures after creating thumbnails for them.




Specifies the old URL for profile pictures. For example, http://server1/.


Update-SPProfilePhotoStore -MySiteHostLocation http://mysites

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

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