I have got SP 2016 installed in premise and I am trying to setup User Profile service application. I have successfully created my connection to AD, however, I need to filter the profiles.

When I click on Edit Connection Filters, it comes up with an alert message saying:

This can only be used if 'SharePoint profile synchronization' is enabled in the 'Configure Synchronization Settings' for this user profile application

However, I have no such option in Configure Synchronization Settings.

Can anybody help me with this, please?

  • are you using the Active Directory Import or MIM?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    May 24, 2016 at 14:48

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You can not create a filter here anymore. Your options are

  1. If you are using ADI then you have to edit the connection and scroll down and you will see following text box Filter in LDAP syntax for Active Directory Import. Over here you have to put your LDAP filters here. If you want to filter out the disabled user then simply check the check-box. read this for more information
  2. But if you are using the MIM as your profile Synchronization​ then you have to Create the Filter at SPMA and ADMA. Check this blog for MIM
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    Odd that they would leave in a menu item if you can't create a filter there anymore, or at least they could give a more meaningful error/warning message.
    – lwbecker2
    Aug 16, 2016 at 19:54

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