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I've not long started a new job. I have inherited a SP2016 Farm, which I have to manage and develop as part of my role.

I have limited Central Admin access from a previous role with SP2013.

The current farm set up has: 1 DB Server, 1 WFE(/app) server - and a mail server (not currently configured).

The connection from AD to SP does not appear to have been set up correctly - I'm trying run the sync job to AD - when I click run, it rapidly returns to the previous page, so doesn't look at though it's doing anything.

The Sync Connection that is there does point to our AD - with type of Active Directory Import. I have access to the admin user name and password. And the correct containers appear. No additional profiles are ever added.

Do I need to add a separate Domain Controller to have a "full" connection from SharePoint to the AD ?

Or Do I need to tweak something in the sync connection?

None of the current servers have AD FS added as a server role.

Any help would be much appreciated. If you got this far, thanks for taking the time to read.

EDIT: Now I have my User Profiles visible. With regards to authentication - we want to be using Single Sign On, does that now mean I need to include the AD FS role on server?

Can that role be added to the WFE, or does it need to be on its on DC server?

Thanks

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Make sure that the User Profile Sync Service Account has Replicate Directory Changes permission In Active Directory.

The Replicate Directory Changes permission enables the synchronization account to

  • Read AD DS objects.
  • Discover AD DS objects that have been changed in the domain.
  • Does not enable an account to create, modify or delete AD DS objects.

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Read the detail steps at Delegate User Profile Synchronization Service Account a Replicate Directory Changes

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Yes you will need Domain controller if you want to sync between Active Directory and SharePoint user profile service application.

Domain controller is itself responsible to authenticate user , store user information data etc.

Moreever while configuring the sync , in the "Add new synchronization Connection" , there is an option that asks for domain controller.

You need to enter the domain controller over here.

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