Upload User Profile Picture programmatically in SharePoint 2013


We recently had a requirement to create a web part that would be used to update user profile picture and few other properties.

For this we used the FIileUpload control.

The code used

public void UploadPhoto(string accountName, byte[] image)

string loginNameForProfile = accountName.Substring(accountName.IndexOf(@"|") + 1);

if (profileUpload.HasFile)
 using (SPSite site = new SPSite(SPContext.Current.Site.Url))
 SPServiceContext serviceContext = SPServiceContext.GetContext(site);
 UserProfileManager userProfileMgr = new UserProfileManager(serviceContext);
 ProfilePropertyManager profilePropMgr =
 new UserProfileConfigManager(serviceContext).ProfilePropertyManager;

// Retrieve all properties for the "UserProfile" profile subtype,
 // and retrieve the property values for a specific user.
 ProfileSubtypePropertyManager subtypePropMgr =
 UserProfile userProfile = userProfileMgr.GetUserProfile(loginNameForProfile);

 SPSite mySite = new SPSite(userProfileMgr.MySiteHostUrl);
 SPWeb web = mySite.RootWeb;
 SPFolder subfolderForPictures = web.Folders["User Photos"].SubFolders["Profile Pictures"];

web.AllowUnsafeUpdates = true;

Stream fs = profileUpload.PostedFile.InputStream;

byte[] buffer = new byte[profileUpload.PostedFile.ContentLength];
 fs.Read(buffer, 0, Convert.ToInt32(profileUpload.PostedFile.ContentLength));
 int largeThumbnailSize = 300;
 int mediumThumbnailSize = 72;
 int smallThumbnailSize = 48;


string accName = accountName.Substring(accountName.IndexOf(@"\") + 1);
 using (MemoryStream stream = new MemoryStream(buffer))
 using (Bitmap bitmap = new Bitmap(stream, true))

 CreateThumbnail(bitmap, largeThumbnailSize, largeThumbnailSize, subfolderForPictures,
 accName + "_LThumb.jpg");
 CreateThumbnail(bitmap, mediumThumbnailSize, mediumThumbnailSize, subfolderForPictures,
 accName + "_MThumb.jpg");
 CreateThumbnail(bitmap, smallThumbnailSize, smallThumbnailSize, subfolderForPictures,
 accName + "_SThumb.jpg");
 string pictureUrl = String.Format("{0}/{1}/{2}_MThumb.jpg", subfolderForPictures.ParentWeb.Site.Url, subfolderForPictures.Url, accName);
 // Change the value of a single-value user property.
 userProfile[PropertyConstants.PictureUrl].Value = pictureUrl;
 imgUserProfile.ImageUrl = pictureUrl;
 // Save the changes to the server.

web.AllowUnsafeUpdates = false;


public SPFile CreateThumbnail(Bitmap original, int idealWidth, int idealHeight, SPFolder folder, string fileName)
 SPFile file = null;

Assembly userProfilesAssembly = typeof(UserProfile).Assembly;

Type userProfilePhotosType = userProfilesAssembly.GetType("Microsoft.Office.Server.UserProfiles.UserProfilePhotos");
 MethodInfo[] mi_methods = userProfilePhotosType.GetMethods(BindingFlags.NonPublic | BindingFlags.Static);

MethodInfo mi_CreateThumbnail = mi_methods[0];
 if (mi_CreateThumbnail != null)
 file = (SPFile)mi_CreateThumbnail.Invoke(null, new object[] { original, idealWidth, idealHeight, folder, fileName, null });

return file;
 } // end of function

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We had developed a Visual Web Part for SharePoint 2013 that used IOrganizationService of CRM 2011. It was all working fine however yesterday it started throwing this error.

After some investigation we realized that the user whose credentials we were using as Client Credentials for the OrganizationService had recently been changed.

Updating it to the correct updated one fixed the issue for us.

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Disable wsstracing.exe in SharePoint


At times we need to disable wsstracing.exe to improve the system’s performance at it uses too much CPU resources.

Open Command Prompt as Administrator

To Disable

  • sc stop “SPTraceV4”
  • sc config “SPTraceV4” start= disabled

To Delete

  • sc delete “SPTraceV4”


Hide “Personalize this Page” option in SharePoint for all the users.


We recently had a requirement to hide the Personalize this Page option from the SharePoint Site for all the users.

The way we can do it is by commenting out the following element in the Welcome.ascx page


The other option through central administration


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While working on a visual web part wherein we were using SharePoint’s DateTimeControl, realized that it was not that straight forward to set the value for the DateTimeControl.

The following post came handy


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