Every time I try to enable UPS SharePoint Profile Synchronization in the Manage Profile Service: User Profile Service, the service appears to work great and everything is fine, however some things end up breaking. When it is on Sync instead of Import from AD, the org chart no longer functions as expected. It only shows the current user (no vertical or horizontal org display). I checked on this and it appears that, during sync, the manger option is removed from user profiles.
Also, I have enabled Export of the thumbnailPhoto attribute in SP. So, when users upload their photos, it should periodically export those photo thumbnails into my AD database. No errors that I can find anywhere, however the attribute is still null in AD for all current users with photos. I have double checked the mapping for this attribute, and thumbnailPhoto is set to export in sharepoint.
Switching the sync option back from profile sync to AD import fixes the org chart issue, (adds managers back in) but that won't work if I want to sync the picture (and possibly let my end users modify some information about themselves) from SP into AD. Anyone seen anything like this?
I've added some things from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh296982.aspx
for permissions hoping that it would help me out. I went into the "Edit User Profile Property" so I can see the options and it looks right to me... "Property Mapping for Synchronization" is set to manager with the direction set to import. Interestingly.. even though it has permission to replicate changes to AD it doesn't remove the manager from AD. I haven't witnessed the sync changing anything in AD at all so that makes me thing that, for some reason, I don't have some settings properly set.
For a little background, I use a user profile called SPServices to handle the User Profile service and it is set as an admin of that service with full control. Like I mentioned above, I followed the technet article and added relevant replication permissions, write permissions, and create child object permissions.
EDIT: I completely reconfigured the User Profile Service with a different account (SPUSERPROFILE) and followed every guide I could find to the letter (including http://blogs.technet.com/b/nishants/archive/2012/02/21/how-to-sync-picture-from-sharepoint-to-active-directory-and-hence-to-outlook-and-lync.aspx
because I really would like the picture export functionality). Everything appears to be starting up fine, running the sync fine, making the connection to AD with my new Sync Connection.. but it does the exact same thing. The Manager attribute is immediately removed even though I didn't modify the access mapping at all (it is still set to import).