We have SharePoint 2013 and running the following PS cmdlet:

get-spserviceinstance | ? {$_.Typename -eq "User Profile Service"}

We get the following result:

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I am not sure why there are too many User Profile Services and two of them are Online. Does that look right? The reason I am asking, is that User Profile Sync has been running to day and when I click on stop, it is stuck in stopping.

  • how many servers do you have in your farm?
    – Nk SP
    Sep 15, 2014 at 14:24
  • We have 7 servers
    – Yas72
    Sep 15, 2014 at 14:33
  • Stopping is different issue then the running instance of the User Profile Service...you marked a reply as anwser...did you fix the stopping issue or still stuck
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Sep 15, 2014 at 14:41

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You have more copies of each services because your farm has more servers.

Try this to see the online services:

Get-SPServiceInstance | where {$_.Status -eq "online" } | Sort TypeName | Format-Table TypeName,Id,Status,Server

Take also a look here: multiple results for each service instance

  • Thanks for your comment. Now I know that it is tied to the number of servers we have in the farm and I did find out that we have two servers that have User Profile Service started. I don't know why we have 2, but I will stop one of them.
    – Yas72
    Sep 15, 2014 at 14:41

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