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Explicit vs. Wildcard inclusion. I'm confused.

  Asked By: Brittanie    Date: Nov 18    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 10068

I'm trying to set up our team site collaboration portal.

We have the web app set up at this domain:


I now want to set up 10 site collections for each of our org's
regions. The idea is that as each region grows their collection, we
can migrate the collection data into it's own DB for easier

So, I'd like to eventually have the domains for each site collection
to look like this:


To do this, my understanding is that I'm going to have to create 10
managed paths.

My questions:

1) Is the above assumptions correct?

2) If so, do I want to use Wildcard or Explicit? It seems the decision
to use one or the other is based on whether or not I want additional
site collections under the managed path I set up. I'm not sure if I
care, but either way, I'm not quite sure which is which.

3) When I do set up managed path for /region1, I'm still confused as
to how to put a site collection there. When I go to make a new site
collection, it forces me to make yet another 'directory' underneath
that managed path like so:


I want /region1 to BE the site collection, rather than create a site
collection under that.

Or is it just the way sharepoint is that I ALWAYS have to have some
sort of arbitrary top level 'directory' in the URL (typically

I guess I could live with

But it just seems silly to HAVE to have that /sites/ in there.



8 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Elaina Suarez     Answered On: Nov 18

You could do this by changing the ROOT managed  path to a wildcard
managed path. Then you could create  each region  as a named site
collection in the root. The problem with that is that the address
teams.ourdomain.com will then be invalid. Only the addresses with the
regions included will work.

If you create 10 managed paths, one for each region as explicit managed
paths then you can put  a site  collection at the root of each of those
managed paths. But in that case you can also still put a site
collection at in the root managed path. Its more work, but that is what
I would recommend.

Answer #2    Answered By: Kacey Russo     Answered On: Nov 18

Yes, that seems to be the key. I was making wildcard  paths, which
then required another 'directory' when making a collection. If it's
explicit, then, the site  collection HAS to be at the root, which is
what I want.

Thanks for that clarification!

And, being explicit, that means one can't make other site collections
under that managed  path, correct? That's actually probably a good
thing in our case.

Answer #3    Answered By: Rebecca Lewis     Answered On: Nov 18

You are correct. Like the Highlander, when it comes to Explicit managed
paths there can be only one.

Sorry, it's a really bad joke but I couldn't resist.

Answer #4    Answered By: Emily Clark     Answered On: Nov 18

If you want some further examples, you could check out this post:


Answer #5    Answered By: Alycia Everett     Answered On: Nov 18

We also used managed paths  for the extranet sites. We used clients as the name
of the managed  path so the url  became

I think you will have to use something like regions instead of clients here.
It makes sense also to have managed path  reflect the site  collections group.

What do you say.

Answer #6    Answered By: Kaila Hahn     Answered On: Nov 18

I didn't see the original email, so if you already know/have this,

The solution below:


isn't a bad design, but will require the use of explicit managed  paths.
Don't forget to take the databases 'offline' after creating the site
collection in it. This is how you get the 'one-to-one' relationship
between a site  collection and a database. Offline, then it will show
'stopped' - it does not mean what you think it means - it merely
prohibits any further site collections  from being created within.

Answer #7    Answered By: Ada Sosa     Answered On: Nov 18

You could also use "stsadm -o createsiteinnewdb" to create  it in its own Content
DB. It is a good idea  to put  the Content DBs in Offline mode if you don't
intend for more than one site  in each database.

Answer #8    Answered By: Suresh Pydi     Answered On: Mar 22

Here is one more post explaining sharepoint managed paths


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