Noticed that during the final couple stages of an incremental active directory sync for my user profile service, the FIM Synchronization Service Manager lists the users distinguished names as MVID=(Random series of numbers and letters, looks like an ID)

When i double click on the item and look at the details for the user i can see their information properly but the distinguished name is not in a name format but in some sort of ID format.

Anyone ever seen this an know what causes this to happen?

Running a 2013 farm on March 2013 PU.

  • I'm having the same issue, any ideas???
    – user18970
    Aug 16, 2013 at 14:40
  • I've not been able to get anywhere on this...still having the same issue.
    – Jacob A
    Aug 20, 2013 at 18:22

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What you should see is the CN= in the properties pane. If you don't something is missing. Dou your synchronization account (SP_ProfileSync) have "replicate directory changes" permission in your AD?

This is what I see in the distinguished name field:

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