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SharePoint 2013 - Creating and Configuring MySite

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Editor's note: Contributor Tahir Naveed is a Microsoft SharePoint Specialist in the New York City region.

SharePoint 2013 has many new social media features where people can interact, discuss, search etc etc etc with each other. Creating MySite is not just creating a web application and site collection within it. It has more steps and more concepts revolve around it. In this post I will explain how to create and configure the MySite in SharePoint 2013.

Create Web Application

  1. It is always recommended to have a separate Web Application for MySite. Go to Central Administration and select Manage web Applications.
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  3. Select New and create a new web application.
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  5. I have created web application http://goazrapp19:2000/.
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Create Site Collection

  1. Now create a new site collection under the new Web Application by selecting experience version as 2013 and template as My Site Host.
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Configure Web Application that will host MySite

  1. Select the Manage Path button for the MySite's hosting web application
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  3. Add new managed path with wild card inclusion and my as path.
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  5. Select the Service Connections button
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  7. Make sure User Profile Service Application, Managed Metadata Service, and Search Service Application are running.
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  9. Select the Self Service Site Creation button for the web application
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  11. Select On for Site Collections and Prompt users to create a team site under: for Start a Site. Also provide the managed path created earlier.
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  13. Select the Permission Policy button for the web application that will host MySite to grant permissions to the users to create their own MySite
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  15.  Select Add Permission Policy Level
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  17. Provide the name MySite Creation and under Site Permissions select Create Subsites
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  19. Now add users to the newly created policy by selecting the User Policy button for the web application.
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  21. Select Add Users
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Setup MySites for the Search Center

  1. From Central Admin select Application Management ->  Manage Service Applications (under Service Applications) -> User Profile Service Application
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  3. Then select Setup My Sites
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  5. Here you specify the Search Center. If you don't have the search center then you can skip this step. I am setting up MySites on a single server farm and am not using Search Center.

Enable the User Profile Service Application - Activity Feed Job

  1. Go to Central Administration -> Monitoring -> Timer Job -> Review job definitions
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  3. Look for User Profile Service Application.
    Note: If the Service list does not display User Profile Service, in Service drop down (on right top), click No selection, then click Change Service. On the Select Service Webpage Dialog, use the arrows in the upper-right corner to locate User Profile Service, and then click it.
  4. 2013-01-28-2013CreateConfigMySite-23.png

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  5. Select the interval according to your requirement and click Run Now. I will leave it as Minutes.
  6.  2013-01-28-2013CreateConfigMySite-25.png

Access your MySite and it should look like this

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    2013-01-28-2013CreateConfigMySite-27.png

Resources: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee624362.aspx

Categories: SharePoint; SPF 2013; My Sites

Comments

Jyothis

Good one..

Thahir, It's very nice article... Jyothis.

Posted 28-May-2013 by Jyothis
Tapan Champ

Great article..!

Hi Tahir,
 
You forgot to mention that we have to use/configure My site host site collection while setting up my sites under UPSA.
 
Thanks.

Posted 05-Jun-2013 by Tapan Champ
Matty

Mistake?

Hi Tapan, The Start a Site link should be set to "Be hidden from users", you don't need to specify this as the 'Root My Site Host' handles the creation process. This way you can completely bypass the permission policy changes, which are not necessary

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Fantastic Article!

After reading dozens of MySite how-tos, this is the first one that actually worked!  Thank you, thank you! 

Posted 19-Jul-2013 by LMS
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Posted 04-Sep-2013 by Koteswararao Putluri
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My Site Creation is not working

Hi Good article. I have followed your steps but with /my as explicit path and /person as the wildcard. However, I am not seeing the link to generate the MySite ( in a similar way sp2010) My test users are able to view their basic profile settings (about me) and Newsfeed settings.

Posted 24-Sep-2013 by Daniel Westerdale
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My Site Creation is not working

Hi Good article. I have followed your steps but with /my as explicit path and /person as the wildcard. However, I am not seeing the link to generate the MySite ( in a similar way sp2010) My test users are able to view their basic profile settings (about me) and Newsfeed settings.

Posted 29-Sep-2013 by Daniel Westerdale
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My Site Creation is not working

Hi Good article. I have followed your steps but with /my as explicit path and /person as the wildcard. However, I am not seeing the link to generate the MySite ( in a similar way sp2010) My test users are able to view their basic profile settings (about me) and Newsfeed settings.

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Hi Tahir
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Have added AAM but still no joy.
Please advise.

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I followed these instructions exactly (3 times) and MySites still does not work for me.  I get the same Screen as before setting it up-nothing looks any different.  What went wrong???
 

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