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How to provision User Profile without MySite ?

Topics: Support
Apr 25, 2016 at 3:36 PM

I'm setting a SP2013 farm and I'm experiencing an error when the script is trying to create the user profile service application. It seems that it's excepting a value for MySiteHostLocation even though I do not want to use MySite. I only want the script to setup the User Profiles Service Application. I therefore did not specify a webapp of type "MySiteHost" and therefore the tag < MySiteHostLocation> is empty. I guess this is where it fails.

I get the following error message:
New-SPProfileServiceApplication : Missing an argument for parameter ‘MySiteHostLocation’. Specify a parameter of type ‘Microsoft.Sharepoint.PowerShell.SPSitePipeBind’ and try again.
So question is : Is it possible to provision user profiles without MySite ?

Thanks in advance guys
May 5, 2016 at 4:43 AM
Regardless of whether you want to use MySites, you need a MySiteHostLocation if provisioning UPSA. You can always restrict site creation permissions etc. afterwards to prevent folks from actually creating/using a MySite or its features.