Profile Import Details: Forefront MIISCLIENT.EXE

Profiles sure have changed with SharePoint 2010! Smile 

We now have a User Profile Service Application and 2 Windows services as well as the Forefront Identity product.  It gets a bit confusing so I wanted to write a post with my observations in case it helps anyone else out there Googl-ing for answers.

Opening MIISCLIENT.EXE while sync is actively running has been very educational and helpful for me in troubleshooting.   Consider it an eventlog for just the profile service.   Below you can see my full import creating 141 new records in the database.   I used this to confirm the service health as well as get familiar with the FULL and DELTA operations it runs that map to the Full and Incremental we see in Central Administration.

Oh, and there are 3 SQL databases now!    [Sync DB], [Social DB], and [Profile DB] are all required.   Look at Harbar.net’s incredible Architecture Overview Diagram to learn more about the topology.    It’s tedious to get everything configured and connected but once online the new social features are incredibly useful.

Helpful References

Forefront File Stuff

  • C:Program FilesMicrosoft Office Servers14.0Synchronization ServiceUIShellmiisclient.exe
  • C:Program FilesMicrosoft Office Servers14.0ServiceMicrosoft.ResourceManagement.Service.exe
  • C:Program FilesMicrosoft Office Servers14.0Synchronization ServiceBinmiiserver.exe

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