In my post yesterday on User Profile Picture Export Permissions I reviewed the requirements to export the SharePoint PictureURL profile property to the Active Directory thumbnailPhoto user attribute. Where I left off, I had identified a certificate error on our SSL-secured MySite’s wildcard certificate. You may recall that the User Profile synchronisation exported the mobile number property successfully. Given that this mobile number was updated by the end-users though the same MySite host as the User Profile picture, you may wonder why one exported successfully if there were certificate errors that interfered with the other.
Fundamentally, it’s irrelevant that this data was updated by these users in their MySites. The property could have been updated by an administrator in the User Profile Service Application. However, it appears that the User Profile export is not just exporting the URL as a string, it is actually copying the image on export; the User Profile Service Application is browsing to the SSL-secured site to pick up the image and writes it to the user’s thumbnailPhoto attribute. In this post I’ll review the evidence and explain the additional certificate trust configuration required to export an SSL-secured User Profile picture.