Setting up user profile synchronization in SharePoint 2010

Setting up user profile synchronization seems to be one of the most tricky tasks in SharePoint 2010. I experienced this myself just recently.

The problem was that I started with the farm configuration wizard right after I first installed SharePoint 2010. This basically sets up everything for you, including a default user profile synchronization service and My Site host. Starting from there resulted in lots of issues. I could get SharePoint to work properly with my own newly created User Synchronization Service. Even after properly setting the service connectors.

So after a lot of head scratching I just started all over with two fresh web applications.

In this post I would like to share which documentation I used to set everything up and make it work:

This is probably one of the best guides out there to set up user profile synchronization:
Follow it to the letter!

This post explains common issues with user profile synchronization:

This is a video I found explaining user profile synchronization: It’s way too high level though:

This is the official “Configuring profile synchronization guide” from TechNet:

This TechNet article had some info related to planning user profiles:

So hopefully this will help you get you on your way!

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