Create a User Profile service applications in SharePoint Server

Summary: Learn how to configure a User Profile service application in SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Server 2016.

The User Profile service is a shared service in SharePoint Server that provides a central location for configuring and managing user profiles.

This article contains required information and procedures for configuring a User Profile service application.

Before you begin

Before you begin this operation, review the following information about prerequisites:

Create a User Profile service application

You can create a User Profile service application by using either the SharePoint Central Administration website or Microsoft PowerShell. Be sure you're a member of the Farm Administrators group when you perform these procedures.

To create a User Profile Service application by using Central Administration

  1. In Central Administration, in the Application Management section, click Manage service applications.

  2. In the Create group of the ribbon, click New, and then click User Profile Service Application in the list of service applications to create.

  3. In the Create New User Profile Service Application dialog box, in the Name section, type a unique name for the User Profile service application.

  4. In the Application Pool section, select Use existing application pool to choose an existing application pool from the list or select Create a new application pool to create a new application pool.

  5. In the Application Pool section, for the Select a security account for this application pool option, select Predefined to choose an existing predefined security account from the list or select Configurable to choose an existing managed account.

  6. In the Profile Database section, in the Database Server box, type the name of the database server where you want to create the profile database. In the Database Name box, type the name that you want to use for the profile database.

  7. In the Profile Database section, for the Database authentication option, select Windows Authentication (recommended) to use Integrated Windows authentication to connect to the profile database or select SQL authentication to enter the credentials that will be used to connect to the profile database.

  8. In the Failover Server section, in the Failover Database Server box, type the name of the database server to be used together with SQL Server database mirroring.

  9. In the Synchronization Database section, in the Database Server box, type the name of the database server where you want to create the synchronization database. In the Database Name box, type the name of the synchronization database.

    Note

    Only ASCII characters are allowed for the synchronization database name.

  10. In the Failover Server section under Synchronization Database, in the Failover Database Server box, type the name of the database server to be used together with SQL Server database mirroring.

  11. In the Social Tagging Database section, in the Database Server box, type the name of the database server where the social tagging database will be located. In the Database Name box, type the name of the database where social tags will be stored.

  12. In the Social Tagging Database section, for the Database authentication option, select Windows Authentication (recommended) to use Integrated Windows authentication to connect to the social tagging database or select SQL authentication to type the credentials that will be used to connect to the social tagging database.

  13. In the Failover Server section, in the Failover Database Server box, type the name of the database server that you want to use with SQL Server database mirroring.

  14. In the My Site Host URL section, type the URL of the site collection where the My Site Host is provisioned.

  15. In the My Site Managed Path section, type the managed path where you want to create individual My Sites.

    Note

    Self-service site creation can be enabled for the web application that hosts My Sites. Users must have Create Personal Site permissions to create their own My Site. By default, this permission is enabled in SharePoint Server for all authenticated users. Ensure that you want the default setting to apply to the organization. Or, you can use one or more security groups to grant the Create Personal Site permission to a subset of users in an organization.

  16. In the Site Naming Formatsection, select one of the following formats for naming new personal sites:

  • User name (do not resolve conflicts)

  • User name (resolve conflicts by using domain_user name)

  • Domain and user name (will not have conflicts)

  1. In the Default Proxy Group section, select whether you want the proxy of this User Profile service application to be a part of the default proxy group on this farm.

  2. In the Yammer Integration section, select whether you want to use Yammer for social collaboration.

  3. Click Create.

See also

Concepts

Administer the User Profile service in SharePoint Server

User Profile service overview