After restoring SharePoint profile databases some of users pictures are not shown.

Ok this is a very specific issue and it could happen rarely. So the problem is somehow your SharePoint User Profile Application (UPA) has corrupted and you had to restore an old database back and see that some of user pictures are not shown. While you check the Photo Store (MySite->User Photos->Profile Pictures) all users pictures are present but when you check one of the problematic user’s profile from UPA the pictureURL attribute is not set. You can mannually fix it by using UPA Manage User Profile page but what happen if you have hundreds of users.

So fixing this issue.

1)      Copy the fallowing script in to your c: drive and save the file name as  “UpdateMissingPictures.ps1

2)      Check the picture folder name in Mysite-> User Photos library because it is diffrent depend on installed language.For example in Turkish it is “Profil Resimleri” not “Profile Pictures.Change the bold field belowed script and correct according to your envoriment.

3)      Run SharePoint PowerShell Consol.

4)      For confirming and detecting which profile pictures link are broken run script with fallowing parameters.

5)      C:\> .\UpdateMissingPictures.ps1  <MYSITE Sitesi root url>  | out-file c:\results.txt
.\UpdateMissingPictures.ps1  | out-file c:\results.txt
(With this paremeters the script can not change anything (yet 🙂 )

6)     If you see open the  Results.txt file you can find information listed as
i) No change needed profiles as
ii) Profile picture broken Link accounts
Updatable !!! DOMAIN\User
iii) Profile picture is never exists ones:
            Missing !!! DOMAIN\User

7)   This script can able to updates only marked accounts as “Updatable” . For fixing picture url run script like:

C:\> .\UpdateMissingPictures.ps1  <MYSITE Sitesi root url>  -Update | out-file c:\results.txt
.\UpdateMissingPictures.ps1  -Update| out-file c:\results.txt

8)    What about the Missings !!! The missing ones should be uploaded by manually or used another script for Upload profile pictures by bulk upload.
This is out of our article’s scope.

9)     You can check the  Results.txt file and confirm that  Updated !!! profiles .

If everything is ok The missing user pictures will shown after refreshing caches.
For Search  you have to run a full crawl.

Here is the Script:

Param (

$mySiteHostSite = Get-SPSite $MySiteUrl
$mySiteHostWeb = $mySiteHostSite.OpenWeb()
$context = Get-SPServiceContext $mySiteHostSite
$spPhotosFolder = $mySiteHostWeb.GetFolder("User Photos")

$profileManager = New-Object Microsoft.Office.Server.UserProfiles.UserProfileManager($context)

$AllProfiles = $ProfileManager.GetEnumerator()

foreach($profile in $AllProfiles)
$AccountName= $profile[[Microsoft.Office.Server.UserProfiles.PropertyConstants]::AccountName].Value
   if($profile["PictureURL"].Value -eq $null -or $profile["PictureURL"].Value -eq $null )
  $checkUrl =$spPhotosFolder.url +"/" + "Profile Pictures" + "/" + $AccountName.Replace("\","_") + "_MThumb.jpg"

    $profile["PictureURL"].Value = $mySiteHostWeb.Url + "/" + $checkurl
    "Updated!!! " + $AccountName  
    $mySiteHostWeb.Url + "/" + $checkurl
    "Updatable!!! " + $AccountName 
   "Missing !!! " + $AccountName 
  "OK! " + $AccountName + " " + $profile["PictureURL"].Value