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SharePoint 2013 UPS NeedsFullImport

I just updated SharePoint 2013 with Service Pack One and lost my UPS (Active Directory Import) sync connection, (Everything else is still in tack, profiles. db's etc...). When I try to recreate the connection and click on "OK" I receive an error towards the top of the page in a light red bar that says "NeedsFullImport". I am unable to save the connection, therefore unable to use UPS. The link to "My Sites" are also missing. The "User Profile Service" is started and the "User Profile Synchronization Service" stopped and both FIM services are disabled, since this is just "Active Directory Import".

Credentials and anything else are fine. I say that because before SP1 all worked perfect. btw... there is a corresponding event in the event log stating the same, "NeedsFullImport", event 6398, category Timer. It also needs to be noted that the time job "User Profile Service Application - User Profile ActiveDirectory Import Job" continually fails, which is probably the problem, but not sure how to correct that issue.

Any ideas? Thanks
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Walter Curtis

8/22/2022 - Mon
Mohit Nair

After patches, it generally affects user profile sync service. You do not need to recreate the sync connection again. Please start the User profile sync service. If it doesn't start, check the event logs and SharePoint logs to identify the cause of failure. Anyhow once the service starts, sync connection would re establish and then perform full import.
Walter Curtis

Thinks for the info. I am using the "Active Directory Import" method however, so not sure if the profile sync service is a part of that.
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Walter Curtis

Thanks for the info, but I am not using the FIM / SP Sync Service as was the only way to do it in SP 2010. I am using the other option, the direct import from AD. If you have some tips on that method, please let me know.
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Walter Curtis

Never was able to use SharePoint Active Directory Import. The work around was to use SharePoint synchronization service, the full blown sync that uses FIM.

Thanks for the info though.