SharePoint site with a different name

There are quite a few situations where you want your SharePoint Web Application available to different sets of users, using different web addresses. For example, our internal users may use http://XYZ to access our web application, but our external clients may have to enter

SharePoint allows you to assign up to five different “end-user addresses” for each of your Web Applications. These “end-user addresses” are ones that people will type into their browser to access your site. SharePoint uses a feature called Alternate Access Mapping (AAM) to make sure that the web application is available through different addresses while still ensuring that the links in the page sent back to the user are formatted correctly.

For a standard, non-SharePoint web site, this is relatively easy. Microsoft’s IIS web server allows an administrator to specify as many addresses as they want for a single web site. These are called “host headers”. If you are careful and make sure that all the internal links in your standard web site are written without a domain (e.g. /contactus.aspx), then the end user will always get the correct links based on the address they have used to access the website.

So why doesn’t SharePoint work the same way? Well, part of the reason is that there are some scenarios where SharePoint will receive requests using one address, but it needs to translate these to another address before sending the final page to the end user. More on this later. Continue reading “SharePoint site with a different name”

Remove a Windows SharePoint Server from the farm

To remove an orphaned or decommissioned server from a Windows SharePoint services farm, do as follows:

Open ‘Central Administration’ for your Windows SharePoint Farm. Click “Operations” then under ‘Topology and Services’ click ‘”Servers in Farm” then click “Remove Server” next to the name of the server you would like to decomission from the farm.

Note that the recommend way to remove a SharePoint server is to uninstall all SharePoint Services from the server using Add/Remove programs. You should only decommission a server using the Central Administration option when the server is no longer available.

SharePoint SUSHI

SharePoint SUSHI is a powerful, user-friendly utility designed to simplify common Microsoft SharePoint management tasks.  SUSHI simplifies backups, list migrations, security reporting and data import/export. Think of SUSHI as the “swiss army knife” for SharePoint

SUSHI = SharePoint Utility with a Smart, Helpful Interface