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SharePoint 2010 user profile properties temporarily disabled

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I am currently setting up SharePoint 2010 farms back and forth testing out the most optimal ways using least privileges and different configurations. The by far most complex part in the configuration is the User Profile Service Application and the User Profile Sync. Spencer Harbar have fortunately documented how to do it properly in his Rational Guide to implementing SharePoint Server 2010 User Profile Synchronization article. Following that you will likely not fail...

Today I configured a new farm to thoroughly document all the involved steps from a clean OS to an optimal farm I followed Spencers instructions and after the mandatory boot (I always need the boot to get the FIM working) the UPS was up and running. I headed on over to the My Site to check that all properties was correctly imported and found this:

Updating values in this field is disabled temporarily.

Some of the user profile properties had this error. "There was a problem retrieving data for this field. Updating values in this field is disabled temporarily. You can still update values in other fields". I actually saw this error earlier today at a colleagues new farm.

I was first tracing backwards what did I do wrong this time and found no errors so I headed on over to check how that property was defined in the service app. And now things really made me believe that I needed to start all over again.

Office Location property!!! 

This property really is misconfigured! I checked the miisclient.exe for mappings, examined logs inside out etc. I started up another farm I built the other day and in that farm the property looked fine and had no strange mapping. It's Friday and I don't have time for this - so I turned to the SharePoint Jedi Spence and without doubt he had the answer in his sleeve. The error is due to the fact that the Managed Metadata Service is not setup or configured.

Since the UPS is the service I usually start with I had no other service apps running. I added the Managed Metadata Service and tada - the properties was working as they should. So if you stumble upon this you now know what to do and can leave Spence doing what he really should be doing Friday evenings...

Thank you Spence!

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  • Anders Rask said

    Just for the record, the "Add new mapping" is not the mapping of the field (like it was in MOSS), its just where you select what field should be mapped for synchronization (the field above the "add new mapping" field).

  • Paul Grimley said

    Great blog Wictor thanks for sharing, I had this issue on a full farm restore due to the service applications not being restored to the default application proxy group (see http://www.paulgrimley.com/2010/07/service-application-being-requested.html for more details).

  • SGGordy said

    Thank you very much, as this is exactly what fixed my problem... almost. As I had set my Farm up manually, I had not created a Managed MetaData Service App. Once I had done so, this error dissapeared. Thanks for putting me on the right path.

  • SGGordy said

    Thank you very much, as this is exactly what fixed my problem... almost. As I had set my Farm up manually, I had not created a Managed MetaData Service App. Once I had done so, this error dissapeared. Thanks for putting me on the right path.

  • Tim Owen said

    Brilliant.. I mapped the Office Location field to (st) in Active Directory and it would not populate because I had the Metadata Service > Sytem > keywords term set unavailable for tagging.

  • Tomas Grolmus said

    Thanks a lot for this, helped us with similar problem. Just one thing to add, you need to have "This service application is the default storage location for Keywords." option checked in Managed Metadata Service to have this work.

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About Wictor...

Wictor Wilén is the Nordic Digital Workplace Lead working at Avanade. Wictor has achieved the Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) - SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) - SharePoint  and Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) - SharePoint 2010 certifications. He has also been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for seven consecutive years.

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