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  Asked By: Josue    Date: Feb 06    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1265

I have run into a "bucket" situation at the portal level.
I noticed my URL's changing to include "/C2/", "/C7/", and the like.
Is there a way to fix this without deleating the affected portal
areas and starting over? I can't imagine the work involved...



4 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Graham Ingram     Answered On: Feb 06

There are about 20 named containers you can use, then SharePoint moves to C[##]... this applies to subarea as well.

The only way you can deal with this is to create the first 20 named areas you want to use for each area (including the top level  & subarea).

What we did was map out all the ones we wanted to reserve names for (like Company Resources, Employee Resources, Tools, News, Human Resources, etc) even if they weren’t going to be used.

Now… do you have to do this from scratch or can you remove areas and redo it with out creating a new portal… I don’t know. But to answer your question, you would need to delete areas to get down below 20 to get back to the names (assuming SharePoint replaces this).

There was a good explination on a Daniel McPherson’s blog about this (I’ve linked to it on mine):


Answer #2    Answered By: Donte Jefferson     Answered On: Feb 06

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
Now, how do I fix  what's been done?
If I delete all the areas, then those sub-areas will be gone as well,
I just don't know where to begin.

Answer #3    Answered By: Beau Pena     Answered On: Feb 06

When I was writing my initial reply, I was thinking about just that… how to fix  what you’ve done.

Honestly, I don’t want to suggest something that may adversely affect your portal  or give you a “no going back” option since this is such a big deal.

With that being said… here’s what I’d do if I was faced with the same situation: test test test.

In a test environment (I love VirtualPC for this), I’d restore a copy of your existing portal. If it’s too big, create one from scratch. Then, try to rename stuff. WORST case you’ll need to create a new portal, create the new areas, and start porting over all the content. What would be great is if there was a “copy area contents” like utilility that would copy everything in one area -> a new area… from web parts to content to security etc. Maybe this is something you could write? Shouldn’t be too bad… just iterate through all the properties of the source area and copy the stuff into the new area.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking and what I’m suggesting: this is one hell of a task. Frankly, I learned the hard way on my first portal implementation. We left that one as is, and just moved forward with the new ones.

Answer #4    Answered By: Isaiah Santiago     Answered On: Feb 06

SharePoint Portal Server bucket-webbing fills in the gaps. It will
proceed sequentially unless it detects a hole created by a deleted area.
The next area created will fill that hole. So, you can:
1. Identify the "area with the root URL you want to use" (lets call this
the "area to be moved"); it's in the way, we will delete this to make
room for the area that you want here
2. Create a new area (it will be sequentially added into a bucket C1,
C2, ...C20); note that this area must be templated the same as the "area
to be moved" and use the same LCID (like 1033)
3. Move the data from the "area to be moved" to the new area
4. Fix listings and links, if any, pointed at the "area to be moved"
5. Delete the "area to be moved" (you have a duplicate at the end of the
current bucket structure)
6. Immediately create a new area and SharePoint Portal Server will fill
in the hole created by the deletion of the "area to be moved"

As was mentioned, you cannot remove the Home area. But I also suggest
that you should not remove the hidden Home>Search area, the hidden
Home>Targeted links on My Site area, the visible Home>Sites area. So,
you have 16 other root URL slots to use for you areas.

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