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Setting up a Host with SharePoint Server 2013 for MySites

MySites provides enterprise business and comparably sized organizations in the public and not for profit center with a method of encouraging personnel to share more information about their interests, associations and capabilities. Therefore, it makes sense for SharePoint users looking to hasten user adoption of the computing platform to encourage personnel to build personal sites with this feature.

In a video tutorial titled Creating a SharePoint 2013 testing environment – Part 9 – Setting up MySite Host for hosting personal sites, Rehmani Consulting, Inc. presents the steps required to configure a discreet hosting service for personal sites for SharePoint Server 2013.

Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP and MCT explains, it is “always good to separate [MySites] from regular sites”. The method Asif demonstrates in this video is to build a new web application for the hosting service. The web site created for the service by the web application will be an IIS web site. As Asif notes in the tutorial, the same SQL Server database can be used to host the specific table for the MySites host.

The next step after building the IIS web site for the Host is to build a dedicated Site Collection for the site. The site collection should be at the root of the MySite host. The same process is used to name the site collection as was demonstrated earlier in this series with regard to the configuring a site collection at the root of the SharePoint farm for the test environment. In otherwords, no extension is made beyond the slash at the end of the IIS web site name, which was set up in the prior step.

The “MySites Host” template needs to be used for the Site Collection to host personal sites.

Once the host has been built and the root site collection successfully configured, our tutorial presents how to define “Managed Paths” for the MySites that will be built by our users. This setting is made by selecting the web application for the MySites host, and, then, “Managed Paths”. The first Path Name is set to “sites” and the “Wildcard inclusion” setting is enabled. The second Path Name is set to “personal” and the “Wildcard inclusion” setting is enabled. The third Path Name is set to “my” and the “explicit inclusion” setting is enabled.

The next step is to set the Security level for this web application. “Self Service Site Creation Management” is selected. The purpose of this setting is to permit users to build their own MySites.

The MySites Host Service is connected to the “User Profile Service” through Central Administration. The “Set Up MySites” feature is selected, and the unique location of the MySite Host is added to the system. The Personal Site location is set to “Personal”.

Ira Michael Blonder

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