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I am building a new testing environment, and in the process I have noticed that the Forefront services are missing from the Service Manager. Is there a way to add these services? This is the first time I have seen these missing. I am a local admin on the server. We are running Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with SP1

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I've seen this before. Running a Install-SPService fixed it for me - http://sharepoint.nauplius.net/2011/06/missing-user-profile-synchronization.html.

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while the previous suggestion got the service running again, running Install-SPService got the job done as well –  Jason Dec 14 '12 at 22:34

Jason,

May be this is of help to you:
On a SharePoint 2010 box Forefront services is missing from the services console

Extract from blog:

For User Profile service application we require following service in the services.msc.

  • Forefront Identity Manager Service.
  • Forefront Identity synchronization Manage Service.

The above service gets provisioned when we services are provisioned. I my case I found both the Forefront services was missing.

Later after further research found that following registry keys were missing from the SharePoint box, due to this Forefront services was missing from the services.msc.

Missing registry Key:

HKLM\System\Controlset1\FIMService

HKLM\System\Controlset2\FIMService

HKLM\System\CurrentControlset\FIMService

HKLM\System\Controlset1\FIMSynchronizationService

HKLM\System\Controlset2\FIMSynchronizationService

HKLM\System\CurrentControlset\FIMSynchronizationService

Exported the above registry Keys from working SharePoint 2010 box and imported in to the Problematic SharePoint 2010 box were we have issue starting User Profile service application.

Note:- Before making any registry changes ensure we take a backup of the registry.

After importing the registry key reboot the machine and then you would find the both the Forefront services

  • Forefront Identity Manager Service.

  • Forefront Identity synchronization Manage Service.

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this solution works as well, not something our system engineers were excited about though –  Jason Dec 17 '12 at 17:27
    
Yeah messing up registries isn't preferred... Above answer seems to be idealistic! –  Arsalan Adam Khatri Dec 17 '12 at 20:18

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