With SharePoint 2013, User Profile Synchronization has got something real cool and new, well actually the feature used to exist within MOSS 2007 J . Good old connection back to your AD to import users without any of the around the bush, lets fool FIM requirements. This import was just perfect and it always worked. If I had a dollar for every customer that I have come across on SharePoint 2010 complaining about User Profile Synchronization, nothing I would still be here doing SharePoint 2013.
So let’s get right into it. Right now with the Beta build the feature supports “Import” and import only from Microsoft AD and not any other forms of LDAP deployments. For AD import, there is no requirement to setup User Profile Synchronization Service Instance. All a SharePoint admin would need to do is to provision a User Profile Service Instance and configure the Synchronization Connection with their AD and schedule a specific time for the import to do its job.
Create a connection to your AD as you would with SharePoint 2010 but wait , hold the press J
Thank you SharePoint Product Team J
And the other thing is its quick. And another other thing J you still have to navigate half way across the world to get back to the User Profile Service Page.
Spence Harbar , the master and the guru of User Profile Synchronization who’s methods of adding Farm account and restarting and IISReset, which we could now do with our eyes closed to start User Profile Synchronization service, has written about AD Import in much more detail here .