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Troubleshooting My Site Creation in SharePoint 2013

Troubleshooting My Site Creation in SharePoint 2013

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I've seen a few examples - some myself and some from others - of issues getting My Sites created in beta 2 of SharePoint 2013.  It can be a little tough to track down, because we use a queued approach now to creating personal sites, so you need to do a little digging to track down what's going on.  If you do some snooping around the ULS logs, you'll see that creation of personal sites are managed by a timer job, which ends up being the "My Site Instantiation Interactive Request Queue" job.  There is one per web application, so there's basically a three part process you want to go through:

  • Visit the My Site host, which by default should add an item to the timer job queue if your personal site doesn't exist yet.
  • Go to the timer job page and find the appropriate My Site creation job for the web application on which your personal sites are hosted.
  • Run the timer job, and then look in the ULS logs for items with the category "Personal Site Instantiation".

I followed this methodology to track down an issue that's been plaguing me for a few weeks, and was subsequently able to resolve it.

 

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  • Good point Steve!  Stuck timer service jobs are one of those should-always-check rules, and since SP2013 makes ever more use of timer service jobs (e.g. 'Demo SIte Upgrade') its more critical.

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