I have updated an user profile Birthday date using Powershell Birthday format(MMM DD) Eg: February 15. here is my script

 $adAccount = "domain\username"
 $up = $profileManager.GetUserProfile($adAccount)
 $up["SPS-Birthday"].Value = "February 15"

Now I have run the Incremental call in search service application. after that I browse the search api to retrieve the results whose Birthday from "February 05" to "February 20"

see url below

/_api/search/query?querytext='Birthday>="02-05-2000" AND Birthday<="02-20-2000"'&sourceid='b09a7990-05ea-4af9-81ef-edfab16c4e31'&selectproperties='AccountName,FirstName,Birthday'

I am unable to retrieve the profile which I was updated through powershell shown above in search api results.

Please provide me solution for this...!

2 Answers 2


Try with below powershell:

$adAccount = "domain\username"
$up = $profileManager.GetUserProfile($adAccount)

$birthday = "February 15"
$birthdayDateValue = "{0:dd MMM}" -f [datetime]$birthday
$up["SPS-Birthday"].Value = $birthdayDateValue


Check if the value is updated in the user's profile via Central admin.

Map the SPS-BirthDay property to one of the RefinableDate00 property as below (sorry for non-english screenshot) :

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After that do a full crawl of the People content source.

Now modify your REST query as below:

/_api/search/query?querytext='*'&sourceid='b09a7990-05ea-4af9-81ef-edfab16c4e31'&selectproperties='AccountName,FirstName,RefinableDate00'&refinementfilters='RefinableDate00:range(datetime(02-05-2000), datetime(02-20-2000), from=\"ge\", to=\"le\")'"

Reference - Limit search results by exact time SP 2013

show upcoming birthdays based on sharepoint 2013 user profiles

  • Still the problem exists on search results I cannot see the profile which I updated through Powershell. Commented Feb 16, 2017 at 7:24
  • is the property correctly updated via powershell ? did you check it via central admin ? Commented Feb 16, 2017 at 7:59
  • can you check the edited answer ? also can you check if the property is actually updated in the user profile via central admin ? Commented Feb 16, 2017 at 11:39
  • Yes i have checked in central admin it is showing updated Birthday which I did through powershell. Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 4:51
  • I am not able to get results when I tried your rest API response in SharePoint Online. Is there any changes in endpoint over the time? Commented Mar 7, 2020 at 13:04

Map the SPS-Birthday crawled property with one of the managed property and while searching, use Managed property name instead of Birthday.

refer the screen shot - i have mapped the SPS-Birthday property with RefinableString00

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  • I tried this but it is not working when i use search api giving exception that we didn't understand you search term /_api/search/query?querytext='RefinableString00>="02-05-2000" AND RefinableString00<="02-20-2000"'&sourceid='b09a7990-05ea-4af9-81ef-edfab16c4e31'&selectproperties='AccountName,FirstName,Birthday' Commented Feb 16, 2017 at 5:17
  • Try like that into your people search center - RefinableString00:"MM/dd" by default year is considered as 2000. in your search query also you have to build your string like this Commented Feb 16, 2017 at 5:20
  • Also make sure the User Profile property SPS-Birthday visibility set to everyone, if it is only me then search wont return any result.. Commented Feb 16, 2017 at 5:26
  • I am allowed to search data and fetch all the profiles correctly, if I update the Birthday with "MM/DD/YYYY". If I update like "February 15" with out year I am unable to get it. Commented Feb 16, 2017 at 7:26
  • I am able to get the data the problem is when update only month and day it is taking by default current year not 2000 that why in my search query filter i am unable to see the data which is in 2000 year. If i keep current year i am able to search results. Thanks for you response..! Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 11:33

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