This can be found under:
Central Administration -> Application Management -> Manage service applications ->User profile service application.
Our requirement is to sync the AD user data into SharePoint user profiles. And this should be scheduled to be done at regular intervals.
I did some research and this article specifies that we can either use:-
SharePoint Profile Synchronization (user profile sync service needs to be started)
SharePoint Active Directory Import (user profile sync service need not be started).
MSDN define for the 2 are:
SharePoint Profile Synchronization: To use the full-featured SharePoint Profile Synchronization option, select 'Use SharePoint Profile Synchronization'.
SharePoint Active Directory Import: To use the light-weight Active Directory Import option (with some limitations - see documentation), select 'Use SharePoint Active Directory Import'.
How do you decide which one to select? Is the 2nd option sufficient for my requirement?