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The User Profile Service Application stores information about users in a centralized location used by SharePoint’s social computing features to support natural collaboration. The User Profile Service Application is also required when provisioning My Site personal sites, enabling certain social computing features such as newsfeeds, and the creation and distribution of user profiles across server farms or sites.
To learn more about the User Profile Service Application see also http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee662538.aspx
The User Profile Service Application is based on technologies provided through ForeFront Identity Manager which provides a comprehensive solution for identity and credential management and identity-based access policies.
To learn more about ForeFront Identity Manager see also http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/forefront/identity-manager.aspx
Since RTM the User Profile Service Application has been incrementally improved through Cumulative Updates and Service Packs to improve both its performance and resiliency. Recent improvements include:
If you experience delays in importing users and properties or are just looking to improve the security, reliability, and performance of your SharePoint 2010 environment, we recommend installing the latest Cumulative Update or Service Pack.
Download SharePoint Server 2010 Service Pack 1
Download the SharePoint Server 2010 February 2012 Cumulative Update
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=151500)for other considerations.
Article ID: 2705946 - Last Review: April 27, 2012 - Revision: 6.0