We are using sp2013.

There is a custom user profile property with name: MyProperty (boolean).

The property cannot be edited by user.

I want to update the property value for current user on an application page on click of a button.

Since the property cannot be edited by user, should RWEP?


An easier approach is to allow the user to update the property and just hide the value from their edit page. Then you don't need RWEP. Just a thought.

  • Yes I have gone ahead with this method. – variable Apr 11 '14 at 10:53
  • Can I get an answer click from you? – Matthew McDermott Apr 12 '14 at 13:00

Run with Elevated privileges runs the Code in System Account/App pool account. So you will have to make sure that App pool account has "Manage Profile Permission" rights to the User Profile Service. Follow below steps: Go to Central Admin-->Choose Application Management --> Manage Service Applications--> Select the User Profile Service Application (do not open the service application). Click Administrators in the ribbon on top -->Add the App pool account and set the Manage Profiles permission. See this blog for Granting permission to UPS.

        using (SPSite site = new SPSite("http://servername"))//change the hardcoded URL to suit your requirement
            SPServiceContext serviceContext = SPServiceContext.GetContext(site);
            UserProfileManager userProfileMgr = new UserProfileManager(serviceContext);
            UserProfile user = userProfileMgr.GetUserProfile(@'domain\username');
            user["propertyName"]  = "newValue";


See this MSDN Blog for Working with UPS using Server Object Model.

  • Can you provide some code – variable Apr 10 '14 at 17:00
  • @variable edited my answer – Unnie Apr 10 '14 at 18:06
  • The system acc has full control, that is what RWEP does right? Then why do I have to set the right to apppool acc.? – variable Apr 11 '14 at 2:57
  • also suppose I do not use RWEP. Then which user do I give rights to? – variable Apr 11 '14 at 3:04
  • App pool account is the site col admin or the web app admin? – variable Apr 11 '14 at 3:51

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