There are a couple known issues with user profile pictures when your Mysite web application uses Trusted Provider (ADFS / SAML) authentication. Symptoms There are two different known symptoms with the same cause and solution: #1When running User Profile Synchronization, nothing is imported or exported. In the Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) client, we see
Note: This post is specific to Windows Authentication (NLTM or Kerberos) within SharePoint. For Forms-based authentication see this: https://joshroark.com/sharepoint-check-permissions-and-external-tokens-fba/ And for Trusted Provider (SAML) auth, see this: https://joshroark.com/sharepoint-check-permissions-and-external-tokens-adfs-saml-auth/ Why should you care? Having “Check Permissions” fail to give you an accurate representation of user permissions can be annoying, but it doesn’t actually effect the users ability
Some potential symptoms: You try to add a user to a SharePoint group. The account is added without error, but it doesn’t show up in the group. You try to add a user to a “person or group” column in a list. The account is added successfully, but it doesn’t show up in the list.