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Understanding SharePoint Managed Paths

Written By: Additional Articles -- 12/15/2010 -- join -- contribute -- (1) comments -- printer friendly version

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Categories: Configurations, Infrastructure, MOSS 2007, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Foundation 2010, System Administration, WSS3

Problem

When starting to work with SharePoint it can be difficult to understand how to setup "Managed Paths", for multiple Site Collections.

Solution

Zach Rosenfield shares a blog on this topic that is very insightful topic. It talks about the differences between "Sites" and "Site Collections" and how URL paths for these fit into the SharePoint configuration.

Basically, a managed path is created to provide a namespace for additional (one or more) Site Collections that can reside underneath it.

For instance, on a single SharePoint server, if you want multiple site collections you would create a namespace for a group of them to reside.

Zach points out that there is a practical limit to 20 such namespaces. Read the entire article here:

http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/blogs/zach/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=30

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