Why do Site Collections not update with user Profile details?

Why do Site Collections not update with user Profile details?

The main reason for confusion around the updating (sync’ing) of My Profile details into site collections and team sites is that it is now based on if the user is Active. As part of the upgrade to V3 Microsoft introduced the idea of users being active in a site rather than just having access.

When you first visit a site a record is recorded in the UserInfo table of the sites Content Database. The field tp_IsActive is defaulted to false, which means you have visited but have not interacted with the site.

The Sync process uses this value to determine if the user info from the imported profile should be replicated from the My Profile details.

To force the Sync proces and update the user information through the SharePoint farm, use the stsadm:

stsadm -o sync

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