I have activated (SAML) claims based authentication on SharePoint 2013 web application and most of the users are external who doesnt have a domain account. I can see that the User profiles got created for domain users but not for SAML claim users. Does SharePoint creates User profile for SAML claim users when they login for the first time?


  • So you fixed the issue with permissions, what was the problem, the app pool account running UPS or something else?
    – user54761
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 17:40

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This process requires a few changes to the User Profile Service Application.

First, you need to map SPS-ClaimProviderID to the login attribute used for your SAML provider. The Profile Property SPS-ClaimProviderType should show as "Trusted".

The next step is change your Synchronization Connection to use the 'Trusted Identity Provider'. Once you perform a full synchronization, you should be set.

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    I was having permission problems with UserProfile DB thats y profiles were not created for SAML users. Fixed permissions problem and i can see that profiles got created now. Thanks.
    – Maddy
    Commented Mar 25, 2016 at 22:03

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