Traditionally, SharePoint has utilized path-based site collections when it comes to creating site collections. For SharePoint 2013, however, Microsoft has introduced a new type of site collection configuration: Host-Named Site Collection (HNSC). This new type of configuration enables you to assign a unique hostname to a site collection so that it doesn’t share the same hostname as a path-based site collection (for example, http://header.bamboosolutions.com versus http://mySPO15). In addition, the HNSC has its own separate DNS which makes your SharePoint server simple to set up, organize, and operate. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps needed to create a host-named site collection using a PowerShell script.
Before you begin, make sure that the user running the
Windows PowerShell cmdlets have the following memberships on all databases that
will be used:
Additionally, the user running the
script on the server must be a member of the Administrators group that can run the PowerShell script as
Step 1: Create a new Host-Named Site
To begin, go to Menu > Start and select All
Programs > MS SharePoint 2013.
Run the SharePoint 2013 Management Shell as an
Next, type on
the following script:
<your new HNSC>-OwnerAlias <Domain-NameUserName>
-HostHeaderWebApplication <your current site
In this example,
we’ll be using the following: New-SPSite http://header.bamboosolutions.com
-OwnerAlias bamboovnspinstaller -HostHeaderWebApplication http://trangf15sql
Step 2: Binding in IIS Manager
Go to Menu > Start and select Administrative
Tools and select Internet
Information Services (IIS) Manager.
Next, select your
site from the list (in this example, we’ll be selecting the site SharePoint
80) and click on Edit Bindings.
Click Add Site Binding.
In the dialog
box, you will need to do the following:
the IP Address
your HNSC URL header.bamboosolutions.com
in the Hostname text box.
Once you are
finished, click OK.
Next, from the
right panel, under Manage Web Site, click
on the Restart link. This will update the new HNSC for the site collection.
Step 3: Add the IP host in the client
machine to Run
Open the window Run and type in the following: “C:WindowsSystem32driversetc”
and open the file hosts in Notepad.
Type the IP host and click Save.
In this example,
we’ll be using the following IP: 172.16.xx.xx
Run and configure your site
Now that your site has been created, you can open the new
site collection in SharePoint and configure it as needed.