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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.

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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 '14 at 6:16
  • what you seeing there? could you please share the screenshot? – Waqas Sarwar MVP Jul 28 '14 at 6:19
  • This is what I see: <img src="i.imgur.com/pf8AhuZ.png"> – smccnn Jul 28 '14 at 6:47
  • what is your sharePoint Configuration? did you try to set "Picture Exchange Sync State" to 0? – Waqas Sarwar MVP Jul 28 '14 at 14:11

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