SharePoint 2013 & 2016 – Manager and Assistant values swapped in User Profiles

Here’s one that was a problem in SharePoint 2013, was fixed, but never ported to SharePoint 2016, so we had to fix it again. Consider the following scenario: You are importing user profiles from Active Directory (AD).  This can happen using any of the profile import methods for either SharePoint 2013 or 2016. 2013: SharePoint

SharePoint: Certain users not resolved in People Picker – invalid character

Here I cover how to use Fiddler and IE Developer Tools (F12) to troubleshoot People Picker problems in SharePoint 2013 and 2016 within the context of a problem I recently came across. Problem: Certain users are not resolved in People Picker.  The client-side people picker control shows no results, but doesn’t throw an error either. 

SharePoint: Issues with profile pictures when MySite uses SAML auth

  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

SharePoint 2016: Import profile pictures with MIM 2016 – walkthrough

In this post, I’ll walk through importing user profile pictures to SharePoint 2016 using Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM) 2016 using a ton of screenshots.  The idea is to show how the process works so you know how to configure it and where to go looking when something goes wrong. After completing the basic SharePoint 2016/

SharePoint: Considerations when switching from FIM Sync to AD Import

Many times we end up battling “SharePoint Profile Synchronization” (aka: “FIM Sync”) for a while before we realize that “SharePoint Active Directory Import” (aka: “AD Import”, aka: “ADI”) was a better fit all along. Why switch?  Or for new farms, why go with AD Import? “SharePoint Active Directory Import” (“AD Import” from here on) is

SharePoint 2013: Troubleshooting Check Permissions – Windows auth

Update 11/24/19: This post is specific to Windows Authentication (NLTM or Kerberos) within SharePoint 2013. For SharePoint 2016, see this post: For Forms-based authentication see this: And for Trusted Provider (SAML) auth, see this: Why should you care? Having “Check Permissions” fail to give you an accurate representation of user permissions can be

SharePoint: User profiles are imported with wrong domain name – NetBiosDomainNamesEnabled

In certain domain configurations, User Profiles can be imported with the incorrect domain name.For example: account names are supposed to shown as CORP\User1, but profiles are imported as contoso\user1 Note: This applies to both SharePoint Profile Synchronization (aka: FIM Sync) and Active Directory Import (aka: AD Import).     What’s the impact? There are a few problems