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Active directory groups are missing in SharePoint User Profile service application

I have seen a lot of post which says they have configured User Profile Service application to import users and groups from Active Directory. User are successfully imported and Active directory groups are not getting imported by the User Profile Service application.

Probably the groups are being imported (these are required by things such as audiences). They will not be displayed however in manage user profiles (or anywhere else), this is by design. Try creating an audience based on group membership and compiling it, this will prove if the groups are imported or not.

You can still check Active directory groups in miisclient tool at, for SharePoint 2013 it is 15.0 instead of 14.0:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Office Servers\14.0\Synchronization Service\UIShell\miisclient.exe

  1. Run the MIISclient.exe as Administrator


  1. Click on the Management Agents button on the top menu bar
  2. Right-click on “Active Directory Connector” and choose Run from the context menu.

  3. Highlight “Full Import Full Sync” and choose OK.

  4. The State will change to Running. The bottom half the screen will give information on any changes that it makes during the run as well as any errors encountered.


Here you would be able to see the number of groups imported


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