I'm looking for a way to stop the sync of Profile Pictures between My Sites and Active Directory. Users are editing their profile photo and thus they are synced back. I have seen the Property "Picture Exchange Sync State" and from what I gather I can set this to '0' for it to stop, but I have to do each user profile and cannot find a way to do it in Powershell.

Is there a better way to achieve what I need to get done?

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In the User Profile Service Application, goto Manage User Properties. Edit the Picture property. Remove the mapping to the AD property and save the property.


Looks Like you enable the profile Picture importing from AD. Now if you want to stop the sync You have to follow these steps.

  • Login on Central Admin with farm admin account
  • go to Application Management > Manage Service Applications > Click on User Profile Services.
  • On this Page Click on Manage User Properties > Edit the Picture Property enter image description here
  • Click Edit the properties and remove the mapping. enter image description here
  • Click
  • Now run Full Sync.
  • Thanks. On my view I do not see the 'thimbnailPhoto' mapping like in your image above. It doesn't look like there is a mapping for it?
    – smccnn
    Jul 28, 2014 at 6:16
  • what you seeing there? could you please share the screenshot?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Jul 28, 2014 at 6:19
  • This is what I see: <img src="i.imgur.com/pf8AhuZ.png">
    – smccnn
    Jul 28, 2014 at 6:47
  • what is your sharePoint Configuration? did you try to set "Picture Exchange Sync State" to 0?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Jul 28, 2014 at 14:11

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