UserProfiles normally is setup to import data from Active Directory (one-way direction). Assuming disabled accounts are excluded from the import what happens to the user profiles when the account in Active Directory is disabled or deleted? Will it be deleted in the UserProfiles too?

How soon will it be deleted and what job is responsible for this?

  • we have scenario where we do not have a user profile service running in our farm. we disabled a user from an active directory and even though they are still able to log in to the portal. how can we achieve a scenario where we disable a user and user no longer able to log in to SharePoint portal. farm is running on forms authentication. many thanks in advance
    – user9068
    Jun 25, 2012 at 5:30

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The disabled/deleted accounts will no longer be imported, and will no longer be available in the User Profiles record set. That's the short answer. But I bet what you really wanted to know is what effect this will have on the active users' experience and SharePoint sites and documents created by a now disabled/deleted account. I'm no definative voice, but here are a few items I've witnessed after the change and how they are affected: The dynamic organizational chart: You will see an immediate effect of the disabled/deleted accounts no longer appearing. My Site: The site is not automatically deleted. This is by design, allowing an administrator to move any content stored on the site first. The My Site Cleanup timer job can be configured to assign administrator rights to the user's My Site to a designated person (such as the user's manager) to facilitate this process. The My Site will continue to show up in search results until deleted. References to the user as the creator or modifier of a document: these will not be deleted. Each site keeps its own list of users for this purpose. (For example, you may not want Joan to show up as an active employee after she retires, but you still want people to be able to search for documents authored by Joan - she really knew her stuff!) Site Owner/Library or List Level Authority These will not be deleted. You will need to use an account with higher level or same level account to change these. There are some third party tools that specialize in just such permission control management. While I haven't had to do this, I presume that these types of changes could also be scripted through PowerShell as well.

  • Thanks for the short and long answer. Those insights are very useful. I've added some followup questions. Maybe you know the answers too.
    – Jimbo Alba
    Nov 9, 2011 at 2:40

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