SharePoint 2010: Unable to Create Profile Import Connection?

I ran into this problem after rushing through the setup and installation of SharePoint 2010. In short, when trying to create a new import connection for user profiles in SharePoint 2010, nothing happened.

Literally, nothing happened. I filled in the nice form to create a new connection, chose the correct AD containers, but upon hitting OK, the import connections page just said that the query did not return any results, and no connection got created.

So, I ran through the logs (and by gods, I love the new logs) but sadly no help there either. Even when setting the entire SharePoint Foundation section to Medium in the Diagnostic Logging section, I only got a couple of “Entering monitored scope” for _layouts/EditDSServer.aspx when entering the page and right after submitting, the same message for _layouts/MgrDSServer.aspx, but nothing even close to an error message between.

I’ve seen several posts on error messages such as being unable to connect to the database, requiring an IIS Reset, but nothing explaining why I couldn’t even create a new connection.

However, after carefully following the most recent blog post from the Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog and then doing a reverse engineering of the process, I slapped my forehead and delegated the AD “Replicate Directory Changes” permission to the SP Admin account used for setting up the profile connection, and thus solving the problem.

I strongly encourage you to follow the blog post. Well, except their encouragement not to test and play around, though :-)


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Is It Time to Learn SharePoint 2010 Yet?

Marc D Anderson posted an interesting tweet the other day and he made a blog post to sum up the answers. However, answering such a question in 140 characters is beyond me, so I thought I’d write a blog post in response to his.

I’ll answer his question real quick, though, not requiring 140 characters at all: YES!

I’m not just saying that because I make truckloads of money (not really) selling USPJ issues for those who want to prepare for SharePoint 2010. It makes sense to me on several levels.


Perhaps the most obvious SharePoint 2010 user group that would want to start learning SharePoint 2010 now is developers. Developers will be responsible for populating the SharePoint fauna prior and right after release of the production version, and thus, unless you’re some whiz kid who picks up everything new in a day and can transform that knowledge into solutions, you want to prepare as early as possible.

Companies are looking to make their investments in new solutions compatible with SharePoint 2010, and that means that you as a developer need to know what will work and what will not work in SharePoint 2010 even when you are developing solutions on the 2007 platform.


So, when the developers are eager to test out their new solutions, who do you think they’ll call? Hint: It’s not Ghostbusters. It’s you, as an administrator. Just after the public release of SharePoint 2010, when the first new production deployments start hitting the proverbial streets, problems will arise. Developers will cite the usual ‘it works fine on my machine’ leaving you to prove them wrong.

How will you do that? Well, SharePoint 2010 offers tons of improvements for debugging and profiling solutions, and while developers may be gods at creating fancy bells and whistles, you as a SharePoint 2010 administrator will be responsible for making sure those bells ring and the whistles blow, or that the responsible developer gets a slap in the back of his or her head.

End Users

But you know, it’s really all about end users. Developers may prove Fermat’s Last Theorem with a spinning button and administrator’s may make sure that the button is always available, come rain, snow, or a battalion of scorned women, but all of that is pointless unless you, as an end user, is there to click that button.

The sad thing, though, is that, as always, end users are the last to see these fancy new features. You see, the developers wont dare put their beta code in front of end users and administrators wont let end users onto their beta platform. This is really sad, because many of the problems arising right after launch of any platform could have been solved by end users being allowed to go medieval on the beta versions.

Chances are, as end users, you will be the last to know what you should have known months ago. SharePoint 2010 will offer sometime next year a lot of what you really, really need right now.

But for developers and administrator, it’s absolutely mandatory.


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Introducing SharePoint 2010 Now Available

I just released a new subscription series of Understanding SharePoint Journal, titled Introducing SharePoint 2010.

This new six-part series will guide you through all you need to know to become familiar with SharePoint 2010, whether you are an end user, an administrator, or a developer. Each issue is 25-30 pages long and there will be a new issue every two to three weeks.

Here’s an overview of the issues:

SharePoint 2010 New Features
In this issue, you will get an overview of the new features of SharePoint 2010. In addition, I’ll walk you through installing SharePoint 2010 Beta 2.

Get Started with SharePoint 2010
This issue will get you started with SharePoint 2010 in record time.

SharePoint Designer 2010
SharePoint Designer 2010 offers massive improvements over the previous version. Get up to speed with what’s new.

Visual Studio 2010 and SharePoint
Visual Studio 2010 completely changes the playing field for SharePoint development. Find out what features will benefit you.

The New SharePoint 2010 Developer
It’s time to learn what the new SharePoint 2010 development model means for you as a developer

SharePoint 2010 Administrator Update
The administrator’s job gets a whole lot easier in SharePoint 2010. Learn about the improvements.

You can also get the entire first issue as a free preview on the Introducing SharePoint 2010 website.


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