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Following on from my original question - SharePoint Farm requiring DC

I successfully got this to work, and have all the required profiles available in CA now.

Now that the User Profile service has been populated - Can a MySite be created for each user added? Through the 'Setup My Sites' section on CA, or is this just a general set up for My Sites?

The end goal here is to create an intranet with a staff directory (containing all staff) without the requirement for having everyone log in.

Thanks in advance for any help given.

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Can a MySite be created for each user added? Through the 'Setup My Sites' section on CA, or is this just a general set up for My Sites?

No, You will first need to

  • Configure My site host as a site collection and it's preferred to create it below independent web application!

  • Then you can configure my site setting from CA "Set up my site".

  • Now, when each user goes to his/her profile, his/her mysite site collection will be provisioned automatically using self-creation feature.

Note: The below application services should be configured before configuring MySite

  • User Profile Service application
  • Managed Metadata service application
  • Search service application - not mandatory

Configure Mysite Steps

  • Create a dedicated web application & My Site host site collection
  • Add a wildcard inclusion managed path to the web application
  • Enable self-service site creation for the web application
  • Create a permission policy & Grant everyone permission to My Site web application
  • Configure My Site settings for the User Profile service application

Check the details steps at Configure My Sites in SharePoint 2016 - Step by Step Guide

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The answer is in your question itself. In SharePoint server mysites is a personal site created for every user.

Although a My Site appears as a single site to a user, the My Sites architecture in SharePoint Server consists of a web application, a My Site host site collection, an individual site collection, and several SharePoint service applications and features.

Except for the individual site collection, all other parts of this infrastructure are configured once and shared among all the users who are part of the My Sites deployment.

So the end goal that you wish can be fulfilled with mysite.

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