I followed this guide to set up User Profile Service
And below is some hints.
Make sure that 2 ForeFront service are running.
The farm account HAS TO BE A LOCAL ADMINISTRATOR. I am sorry but there is no way around this right now so quit trying to avoid it. Having a problem figuring out what account is your farm account? I can help with that.
- Central Admin > System Settings > Manage services on server
- Scroll down and find the User Profile Synchronization Service and click Start
- You will see an account listed. This is the account that must be a local administrator account
- If you are adding this account to the local administrators group for the first time right now you should reboot your server after you finish. If you don’t you will get some nasty DCOM errors that will not go away until you are a local admin and reboot.