SharePoint: People Picker error: “user does not exist or is not unique” – similar account names

    Consider the following scenario: SharePoint 2013 or 2016 servers are in the contoso.com domain contoso.com has a trust relationship with the corp.fabrikam.com domain. The peoplepicker-searchadforests property is configured like this: “forest:contoso.com;forest:corp.fabrikam.com,corp\SPadmin,*****” You use People Picker to find a user. If the users account name (samAccountName) is unique, you have no issues adding it…

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SharePoint 2016: AD Import Profile Property Mappings aka: my profiles are missing email address

The issue that prompted this post: I was troubleshooting an issue where when using Active Directory Import (aka AD Import, aka: ADI) to import user profiles in SharePoint 2016, users from one domain were imported without issue. Users from another domain were imported, but missing email addresses (the “Work Email” profile property). We found that…

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SharePoint: The complete guide to user profile cleanup – Part 4 – 2016

  This is part 4 in a series. You can find other parts here: SharePoint: The complete guide to user profile cleanup – Part1 SharePoint: The complete guide to user profile cleanup – Part 2 – 2010 SharePoint: The complete guide to user profile cleanup – Part 3 – 2013   Sync Options: In SharePoint…

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SharePoint: The complete guide to user profile cleanup – Part 3 – 2013

This is part 3 in a series. You can find other parts here: SharePoint: The complete guide to user profile cleanup – Part1 SharePoint: The complete guide to user profile cleanup – Part 2 – 2010 SharePoint: The complete guide to user profile cleanup – Part 4 – 2016   Sync Options: In SharePoint 2013,…

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SharePoint: The complete guide to user profile cleanup – Part 2 – 2010

This is part 2 in a series. You can find other parts here: SharePoint: The complete guide to user profile cleanup – Part1 SharePoint: The complete guide to user profile cleanup – Part 3 – 2013 SharePoint: The complete guide to user profile cleanup – Part 4 – 2016   Sync Options: Profile Synchronization (AKA:…

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SharePoint: The complete guide to user profile cleanup – Part 1

Part 1: High-level Concepts If you have certain users that still show in the organization chart web part or “people search” results after being deleted or disabled in Active Directory, then it’s likely that the process to automatically clean up those user profiles is not working. Throughout the lifetime of SharePoint, there have been several…

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SharePoint: Check Permissions and External Tokens – FBA

This post is a similar to my previous post on Check Permissions, except here, we’ll be talking about Forms-Based Authentication (FBA). With Forms-Based Authentication, all of the same concepts about non-interactively determining a users permissions based off of their external token still apply, so I would recommend you read through that post and the linked…

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SharePoint 2016 – MIM 2016: Full Sync does not export profile pictures to Active Directory

Consider the following scenario: You have SharePoint 2016 configured to import user profiles using Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM) 2016 as the External Identity Manager. You have configured MIM to import profile pictures from Active Directory (AD). After the pictures have been created in SharePoint, you decide to reverse the flow to export profile pictures from…

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SharePoint: Managed Metadata: The term is not a valid term

  The main point of this post is to create awareness around the fact that you can use the CreateTerm PowerShell method on a TermSet object to create a new managed metadata term with a specified Term ID. You’ll have to read to the end to understand why that’s a big deal, and to see…

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SharePoint – People Picker times out – Hybrid App Launcher issue

  This was a really unique situation where a network problem for the Hybrid App Launcher caused People Picker to intermittently time out and display no results. Note: The two features are not directly related as you’ll see below.   Let me explain:   When you configure Hybrid OneDrive and Sites in SharePoint 2016, it…

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