Back in September last year I have created a Windows Forms based tool that allowed you to create Host Named Site Collections (HNSC) without necessarily having to go through PowerShell. The tool worked perfectly and it had a lot of options, however, it wasn’t the prettiest and necessary best option.
In the past month, I teamed up with an expert SharePoint Developer called Joseph Henry Passineau which is also a member of SharePoint-Community.net and we took my idea to the next level. In the latest update for the SharePoint HNSC Creator we have now made available a SharePoint 2013 farm solution that allows you to create HNSC directly from the Central Administration with a native SharePoint 2013 experience!
To give you a brief overview:
- You can find it at the same place as the normal Site Collection create links!
- The Create a new HNSC page is exactly the same as your normal Site Collection creation page, however you have a new field to enter the URL of the HNSC!
And you also have an OOTB looking confirmation page!
You can read this Blog Post by Joseph himself on how he used Reflection to make this project possible: Creating host named site collection by code
If you want to know more about the project and start using it, you can access the codeplex project over here: https://hnsc.codeplex.com/
Leave a comment and don’t forget to like the Absolute SharePoint Blog Page on Facebook and to follow me on Twitter here for the latest news and technical articles on SharePoint. Also, don’t forget to check out SharePoint Community.Net for more great SharePoint Content.