What is the impact of user profile sync service on the project server user profiles? RRS feed

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  • Hi

    We are using PS 2010 and initially we had synchronized with Active Directory for adding users to the project web app. Later we had updated the resource/user names using project professional.

    So now the resource names that appear in Resource Center is different from the names that appear in Active Directory.

    1. If I sync the users with active directory again will the resources names get updated in resource center as in AD?

    2. If I start the user profile sync service (which is not yet started in central admin) what it does? How actually this service work in SharePoint.

    Please suggest.


    Thursday, December 13, 2012 5:02 AM

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  • Hi,

    The resource pool sync in Project Server 2010 can be configured to synchronise against a specific group in Active Directory. As an admin, you need to configure which group to synchronise against, how that sync will behave and how often to perform it.  Your admin can also choose to manually add names resources to the resource pool  as well as generic resources. Typically organisations try to maintain their resource pool in a AD group only and let the Project Server > Enterprise Resource Pool sync take care of the rest.

    It sounds like you may be editing resources manually outside of AD, leading to a situation where AD is no longer your source of truth. It would make sense to update AD with these changes if applicable and to take your source of truth for resources from AD directly. 

    You can read more on the ERP sync at

    The User Profile Sync in SharePoint allows you to store metadata and other information about users such as location, interests, skills etc and have this synchronise with Active Directory. The User Profile sync can be configured to work both ways in 2010, reading from AD as the source of truth, and allowing users to update information and write back to Active Directory, which can be quite powerful.

    From Project Server's perspective, there is no dependency on the User Profile Sync being setup. For SharePoint there are a number of considerations including what metadata you wish to store, how you map that to Active Directory, how often you sync and providing access through the My Site functionality which you may not have activated.

    This article on technet provides a nice overview of what it does

    Hope this helps,

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    Thursday, December 13, 2012 10:50 AM
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    Thursday, December 13, 2012 10:54 AM
  • Hi Sudhir,

    an issue that you might get, if you rely only on Project Server Resource Pool Sync is, that the user is added to SharePoint on initial synchronisation.

    If there are changes to the user in AD later, like name or E-Mail address, this will be updated in the resource pool.

    But the user information in SharePoint is not updated anymore. So SharePoint will still display the old name in the upper right corner and the E-Mail address will not update.

    This will only happen if you also configure the SharePoint user profile service.

    Kind regards


    Thursday, December 13, 2012 2:40 PM