Property Section Name Cannot Start with “SPS-“

If you attempt to create a new User Profile Property Section with a Name of “SPS-name”, you’ll receive the following incorrect error message:

However, that error message isn’t accurate.  Instead, SharePoint reserves the use of “SPS-“ to itself.  Within Microsoft.Office.Server.UserProfiles.CoreProperty is a check to validate whether or not the new section starts with “SPS-“, and if so, throws an error:

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This incorrect error message occurs from at least as early as June 2011 v2 CU to the August 2012 CU. This incorrect error message also occurs when attempting to create a new Property with the name of “SPS-“.

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