Migrating users from one domain to another, I get this error on a couple of users. The migration still seems to occur.

Move-SPUser : pixels
At D:\UserMigration\MigrateUsers.ps1:10 char:28
+   $siteUser | Move-SPUser <<<<  -NewAlias $user.usernameAfter -IgnoreSID
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (Microsoft.Share...PCmdletMoveUser:
   SPCmdletMoveUser) [Move-SPUser], UserProfileException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell.SPCmdletMoveUser

I loaded up a CSV full of before/after usernames and ran it on the list, and two of the users generated this error.

$user is just the CSV row, usernameAfter is the second column in that row.

$siteUser is an SPUser object created from $site.RootWeb.AllUsers[$user.usernameBefore].

Paraphrased script used:

$users = Import-CSV D:\UserMigration\MigrateTheseUsers.txt
$site = Get-SPSite https://sharepointsite.com
$web = $site.RootWeb

foreach($user in $users)
  $siteUser = $web.AllUsers[$user.usernameBefore]
  Write-Host User Before:
  $siteUser | Move-SPUser -NewAlias $user.usernameAfter -IgnoreSID
  $siteUser = $web.AllUsers[$user.usernameAfter]
  Write-Host User After:

Is this something I should be concerned about?

Update 1 Okay, I have one additional user that I receive this error for and the user does not get migrated. As circumstance has it, that user is my boss. Both a source and target user profile exist already but this has not been a problem in the past.

Update 2 I tried using stsadm instead to do the migration. I got the same result, without the PowerShell exception wrapper. I think this may be a generic exception bubbling up from the object model that just, for whatever reason, contains the text "pixels".

ULS shows the following error in the logs:

  Cannot insert duplicate key row in object 'dbo.UserInfo' with unique index 'UserInfo_Login'.
  The statement has been terminated.

Without digging too deep into SQL, I'm not really sure what I can do about this without tainting the explicit "No direct DB operations!" rule of SharePoint. The relevant index is on the site ID, the login, and the deleted flag. I know I've migrated users before that have used both their old and new accounts at the same time, so that shouldn't be the issue.

  • O_o I fear the answer, but... "pixels" is by any way the alias of one of your user? I can't think of a reason for a similar message. – SPArcheon Mar 28 '13 at 14:47
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    Negative. This error occurred for three different users, and as far as I'm aware, none of them would even know what pixels are without some prodding beforehand. – Drew Lanclos Mar 28 '13 at 15:02
  • Are you sure your import csv is correct? There is no loginname twice? Why you are not using the command as one liner? foreach($user in $users) {Move-SPUser –Identity $user.usernameBefore –NewAlias $user.usernameAfter -IgnoreSID} – LaPhi Mar 28 '13 at 22:20
  • The CSV is fine. I get the error doing the same command inline. Read Update 2 - it's bubbling up from STSADM so it isn't a command execution issue. – Drew Lanclos Mar 29 '13 at 16:49
  • I know this post is old but I just did a stsadm -o migrateuser and the only thing it returned was the word 'pixels' as well.. I see the user appear twice in the permissions. no idea whats going on – pigeon Dec 11 '13 at 5:18

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