We are reconfiguring our Sharepoint User Profile Service (Enterprise 2010).

Now, I don't really want to use mysites at all. Do I need a User Profile Service, then? The only think I can think of that I would need this for is to properly show users' display names.

Right now I've configured the User Profile Service without anything for the url of mysites. And I don't have any UPS Sync service at all.

Can I do this or will I wish I had?

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A user profile is a collection of properties that describes a single user, along with the policies and other settings associated with each property. The user that a profile describes is represented by a unique identifier in the profile, and the remaining properties provide information about that user, such as the user's phone numbers, manager, office number, job title, and so forth. The set of user profiles for a SharePoint deployment are stored in the profiles database associated with a User Profile Service application.

User profiles help identify connections between users in an enterprise, such as their common managers, workgroups, group membership, and common Web sites. They can also contain critical information about a user, such as the products the user works on, the user's interests or areas of expertise, and the user's place in the organization's structure. By exposing this information in features such as My Sites, user profiles provide the basis for enterprise social networking in SharePoint Server. Some of the enterprise social networking features that user profiles support are:

  • My Sites
  • Profile pages
  • People searching
  • Organizational charts
  • Expertise search
  • Social tagging
  • Audiences


User profiles are distinct from SharePoint Server user accounts and exist in their own data store. User accounts provide security and access rights to objects in SharePoint Server. User profiles are used to organize information about users and about the relationships among users. Updating a user's profile has no effect on that user's user account.

If you used the SharePoint foundation 2010( as in foundation their is no user profile service), you may noticed that no user information synced from AD.

You can have just user profile services without sync / mysite but in that case you will see user information once they will login in sharepoint sites. I would go atleast one step foward, configure the UPA and sync services but dont configure MySite...In that case you will get sync data from AD to SharePoint.

  • I do not want any of the social aspect, and so I won't miss MySites at all. But you would say, then, that it is okay to configure Sharepoint User Profile Service without the url for mysites?
    – bgmCoder
    Oct 26, 2014 at 2:08
  • Yes it is ok, configure it without mysite.
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Oct 26, 2014 at 2:20
  • Thanks, Waqas. I'll mark this answer as soon as I get everything working. You already found my other question about the UPS service at sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/119150/…
    – bgmCoder
    Oct 26, 2014 at 17:44
  • Waqas - so, can I just delete the MySites Web Application from within SCA? I never had any need for it anyway.
    – bgmCoder
    Oct 27, 2014 at 2:41
  • if you dont need then safe to delete.
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Oct 27, 2014 at 2:44

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