Every time I try to enable UPS SharePoint Profile Synchronization in the Manage Profile Service: User Profile Service, the service appears to work great and everything is fine, however some things end up breaking. Specifically, the Org Chart. When it is on Sync instead of Import from AD, the org chart in mysites no longer functions as expected. It only shows the current user option (no vertical or horizontal org display). (see edit one below for reason)
Also, I have enabled SharePoint Export of the thumbnailPhoto attribute in AD. So, when users upload their photos, it should periodically export those photo thumbnails into my AD database. No errors that I can find anywhere, however the attribute is still null in AD for all current users with photos. EDIT: I have double checked the mapping for this also, thumbnailPhoto is set to export in sharepoint.
Switching the sycn option back from profile sync to AD import fixes the org chart issue, (adds managers back in) but that won't work if I want to sync the picture (and other information that my users can change about themselves) from SP into AD. Anyone seen anything like this?
EDIT: So I've added some thing from this article for permissions hoping that it would help me out. I have noticed that, with sync only, it makes the Manager Null in each users profile, effectively breaking the org chart since it has no managers to build off of. I went into the "Edit User Profile Property" so I can see the options and it looks right to me... "Property Mapping for Synchronization" is set to manager with the direction set to import. Interestingly.. even though it has permission to replicate changes to AD it doesn't remove the manager from AD. I haven't witnessed the sync changing anything in AD at all.
EDIT2: I completely reconfigured the User Profile Service with a different account (SPUSERPROFILE) and followed every guide I could find to the letter (including this article because I really would like the picture export functionality). Everything appears to be starting up fine, running the sync fine, making the connection to AD with my new Sync Connection.. but it does the exact same thing. The Manager attribute is immediately removed even though I didn't modify the access mapping at all (it is still set to import).