SharePoint 2010: From domain\username to User Full Name

An early issue was seeing “domain\username” at the top right of the user screen – for example, “sharepoint\brian” instead of the user’s real name – Brian Lara. I found some guidance on the web about fixing this with SharePoint 2007, but as things have shifted around in SharePoint 2010, it wasn’t directly applicable.

Here’s what I did with SharePoint 2010:

1. Opened Central Administration on SharePoint 2010, logged in as the Administrator.

2. Clicked into “Application Management,” then “Manage Service Applications.”

3. Scrolled down to “User Profile Service Application,” and clicked to open that.

4. Clicked “Manage User Profiles” under the main People heading.

5. Searched for the account I was looking for – “brian” – and made the changes so her correct first name, last name, and full name were showing.

6. Saved – and now I’m hoping for the best. With SharePoint 2007 it took up to 30 minutes to become available; we’ll see with SharePoint 2010.

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