Configuring My Sites in SharePoint 2010

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In This Artical I will explain how to set Up and Configure My Sites In SharePoint 2010.


In this Article I am going to explain how to configure and Create My Sites for Individual AD users In SharePoint 2010.

For Configuring My Site, I need to Pull Users from Active Directory by using User Profile Service Application.
So Before Creating and Configuring User Profile Service Application, Let’s Understand My SharePoint Environment.

In Active Directory I have one organizational Unit named as “SharePoint” where users are created.

As Shown in Red mark
a)  SharePoint_Admin User Is an Administrator of SharePoint Server 2010.
b)  SharePoint _Farm User Is a SharePoint Farm Administrator.
c)  SharePoint_Service Is a Service Account to handle various Service Applications in SharePoint (such as Search Service Application)

Before Creating User Profile Service Application, ensure.
a)  SharePoint_Admin and SharePoint _Farm User are in local administrator group on computer NDJ(SharePoint Server 2010)
b)  Go to Administrative Tools and Select Services and under services ensure that Startup Type of “Forefront Identity Manager Service” and “Forefront Identity Manager Synchronization Service” is automatic (It Should not be disabled). Note: Do not start manually. It will start automatically.
c)  Go to Administrative tools and select IIS Manager and under Application Pools ensures that “SharePoint Web Services Root “has started. If not, start it.

User Profile Service Application

User Profile Service Application is a shared Application of SharePoint 2010 used to manage user’s profiles of organization, synchronizing profiles with active directory and crating My Sites for users.

So let’s create User Profile Service Application.
1)  Open SharePoint 2010 Central Administration
2)  On Quick Launch, Click on Application Management and then click “Manage Service Applications” Under Service Applications Section.

3)  On Manage Service Application Page click on “New” and select User Profile Service Application.

4)  On Create New User Profile Service Application window type
    a)  Name : User Profile Service Application1
    b)  Application Pool Name : UserProfileServicePool
    c)  Configurable : POINT\Sharepoint_Farm User

After typing these values click on “Create” Button at down.

Service Application will create. After Creating Service Application, we will start necessary services for service application

5)  On Quick Launch menu of central Administration site click on “System Settings” then click on “Manage Services on Server” Under servers Section.

6)  On Services on Server window find out
    a)  User Profile Service and click on start.
    b)  User Profile Synchronization Services and click start.

As soon we click on start we will have User Profile Synchronization Service Window.

On that window ensure that
    a)  “Select the User Profile Application” Is “User Profile Service Application1”
    b)  “Service Account” Is “POINT\SharePoint_Farm” and type Password, click on ok.
    c)  Now a timer job called “ProfileSynchronizationSetupJob” is created. When that job gets completed, a service “User Profile Synchronization Services” will also get started.

7)  To see timer job, on Quick Launch of central Administration site , click on Monitoring and then click on check job status under timer jobs section.

Under Running Jobs We Must have “ProfileSynchronizationSetupJob”.

NOTE: SharePoint server May take some Minute (up to 5) to start that job and get appear in Running Job List.

If Your Job does not start then Restart “SharePoint 2010 Timer” Service (Go to Administrative tools then select services) and again follow step 6.

NOTE: 5 to 15 Minute is required to complete this job. Press F5 to monitor status of this job once it disappears, means job has completed.

8)  Ensure that both the services have started. 
    a)  User Profile Service.
    b)  User Profile Synchronization Services.
On Quick Launch menu of central Administration click on “System Settings” then “Manage Services on Server” Under servers Section and check it.

9)  Also ensure that Forefront Identity Manager Service and Forefront Identity Manager Synchronization Service Has started.
Go to Administrative Tools then click on Services and check it.

Restart IIS Server.
    a)  Go to start, right click on command prompt, then click run as administrator.
    b)  Type IISRESET

11)  Now open our service application
On Quick Launch of central Administration site, click Application Management then “Manage Service Applications”, then “User Profile Service Application1” Link. We will have following page, where we can manage user profiles, synchronization with Active Directory, setup My Sites etc.

Now we have created User Profile Service Application, now it’s time to pull our active directory users from AD/DNS server.

NOTE: To do User Profile Synchronization with Active Directory, User SharePoint_Farm (who is Managing User Profile Service Application1) must have Permission to do synchronization. To assign permission use following snapshot

NOTE: We are working from SharePoint Server Machine Named as NDJ.

Assign Permission to user Sharepoint_Farm for synchronization

1)  Click on Administrative tools, Hold down shift key of keyboard and then right click on “Active Directory Users and Computers” and then click “Run as different Users”.

2)  Login as Domain Administrator

3)  Right Click on POINT.COM and then click delegate control.

4)  Click next on “welcome to the delegation control wizard” window and add user “POINT\SharePoint_Farm” to delegate permission and click on next.

5)  On “ task to delegate window” choose  ‘create a custom task to delegate’

6)  On Active Directory object type select “This Folder………”

7)  On Permissions window select “Replicating Directory Changes” and click on next.

8)  Click on finish button.
Here we have assign permission for synchronization with active directory.

Now Next step is to establish connection with Active Directory.

Creating connection with Active Directory

1)  On Quick Launch of central Administration Site, click Application Management then “Manage Service Applications”, then “User Profile Service Application1” Link.

Note on right corner: number of user Profiles are 0.
On this Page click on “Configure Synchronization Connections”

2)  On Synchronization Connections page click on “Create New Connection”

3)  On add new synchronization connection page use following values.
    a)  Connection Name: POINT Active Directory Users.
    b)  Type : Active directory
    c)  Forest Name : POINT.COM
    d)  Account Name : POINT\SharePoint_Farm

Click on Populate Containers and choose SharePoint and Users organizational unit where users are available. And click on ok.

4)  On Quick Launch of central Administration, click Application Management then “Manage Service Applications”, then “User Profile Service Application1” Link.

 And click on “Start Profile Synchronization”. Synchronization Process will start; look at right side on page we have status “Synchronizing”

It will take 10 to 15 to finish this process. Press F5 until Synchronization status is Idle

Look above result, we have number of user profiles = 21 and profile synchronization status is Idle.
Here we have finished synchronization process now it’s time to create and Configure My Sites Host web application.

Configuring My Sites

1)  Now its time Create one New Web Application.
On Quick Launch of Central Administration, Click Application Management and then click Manage Web Applications.
On Web Application Management Page, click on New to create web Application and type necessary parameters and click on ok.

On Application created window click on Create Site Collection.

On Create Site collection Page type following Information and Click Ok
Title – My Site Host
Template – My Site Host under Enterprise Tab
Site Administrator – POINT\SharePoint_Admin

2)  Create Managed Path for My Sites.

On Quick Launch of Central Administration, Click Application Management and then click Manage Web Applications.

Select our SharePoint -112 Web Application and then click on Managed Paths on ribbon.

On Define Managed Paths page add a new Path “social”, Click on Add path and click ok.

3)  Enable self-service site creation for the SharePoint – 112 Web application.

On Quick Launch of Central Administration, Click Application Management and then click Manage Web Applications.
Select our SharePoint -112 Web Application and then click on Self-Service Site Creation on ribbon. 

On Self-Service Site Collection Management Page select “ON” and click on OK.

4)  Configure My Sites

On Quick Launch of Central Administration, Click Application Management and then click Manage Web Applications.
Click on Manage service applications, Under Service Applications section and Click on User Profile Service Application1

On User Profile Service Application1 Page click on Setup My Sites under My Site Settings Section.

On My Site Setting Page type
    a)  Preferred Search Center – http://ndj:111/Pages (Address of Enterprise Search Center)
To Setup Enterprise Search follow My Previous Post at ( )
    b)  My Site Host – http://ndj:112/ (Address of My Site Host Web Application)
    c)  Personal Site Location : social (Managed Path)

5)  Now Its time to create site for user
Login on Machine by another AD user and open our My Site Host web Application

And click on My Profile, We will get user profile as per information in AD.

And Now Click on “My Content” Link. It will create Personal Web Site for logged user.
NOTE: It will take up to 5 Minute to create web site.

Hope this would be useful for readers..! Thanks and do let me know your comments or feedback.


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Full Name: Nilkant Jagtap
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Jagtap Nilkant D. MCSD,MCPD 2.0,MCPD 3.5,MCPD 4.0,MCPD SharePoint,SQL Server , MCT. Working as Technical Trainer.

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Comments or Responses

Posted by: Mcadeepuraj on: 4/19/2011 | Points: 25
it's realy a nice artical, thanks
Posted by: Karthikanbarasan on: 4/19/2011 | Points: 25
Very nice article... i have one question. U have your seperate environment(Share point) to work on this? If u have soo what is the minimum hardware requirement u use?
Posted by: Ck.kislay on: 4/28/2011 | Points: 25
Nice article keep it up!!
I have one machine having all necessary haradware for shareporint 2010 environment. Can I do all think as you described in article on single machine at enterprise level. That is can I have Active directory and sharepoint installed on same machine and perform the people search operation and others.

Posted by: Nilkantjagtap on: 4/30/2011 | Points: 25
Yes, You Can do all these operation on single machine also.

Nilkant Jagtap

Posted by: Ezestseo on: 10/25/2011 | Points: 25
Really Loved your article Nilkant.

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