SharePoint My Sites should be thought of as a collaboration of dashboards – it’s a user’s window into all things SharePoint and all things both inside and outside the organization. It’s an aggregated view of activities, relationships, conversations, and communications. Using Facebook as the model of a personalized portal to the web… I can receive updates about friends/family, movies, bands, news, and more all in the Facebook environment by simply subscribing/ liking/ following. The newsfeed is an incredibly efficient way of seeing what’s going on, while filtering out the noise.
To complete My Sites in SharePoint 2010, we should complete the following four important steps:
1) Create a new Web Application for My Sites.
2) Create the My Site Host Site Collection.
3) Setup My Sites and manage the properties for My Sites application.
4) Use My Sites with a normal user.
This article I will introduce how to create and configure a user’s My Sites in SharePoint 2010.
Create the My Site Web Application
1. To create the My Sites web application, ?enter:
CA > Application Management > Manage web applications.
2. Create a new web app page:
Authentication: Select the default authentication -> “Classic”.
IIS Web Site:
- Specify a port for the new web application(you’d better not set 80 as the port number)
- We can named the web site “SharePoint – My Sites” and type an Host Header.
- For the Application Pool, we set Domain Administrator as managed account.
3. After “My Sites” is created, click on “General Settings” for the web application, and then select a default time zone.
Create the My Site Host Site Collection
Now that we have successfully created our My Site Web Application, we can now proceed to create our My Site Host Site Collection. This will be the top level site that will house our individual user’s site collections.
1.To create the My Sites Host site collection, enter:
CA > Application Management > Create site collections.
Setup My Sites and manage properties for the web application
Now that we have successfully provisioned our My Site Web Application and Top Level Site Collection that will host our My Sites, we can continue to configure our My Site Settings.
1. To setup My Sites, enter: CA > Application Management > Manage service applications > User Profile Service Application.
2. Click on “User Profiles Service Application“?and then click on “Setup My Sites“ located under My Site Settings. (To complete above steps, we must ensure that the User Profile Service is configured completely and worked normally.)
3. Enter the URL which exists in the My Sites site collection we have just created and the personal site location.
4. Add the managed path for the “My Sites” web application. Because we have specified “personal” as our Personal Site Location, we will need to define our managed path against our My Sites Web Application.
a. To managed path for “My Sites” web application, enter CA > Application Management > Manage web applications.
b. Click on My Sites Web Application and click on Managed Paths from the Ribbon.
5. Add “personal” as a Wildcard inclusion, click “Add Path“ and click “OK“?button.
6. Our last configuration step provides our users with the privilege to provision their own My Site’s by enabling the Self-Service Creation.
a. Enter CA > Application Management > Manage web applications.
b. Click on your My Site Web Application and click on Self-Service Site Creation.
7. It is time to try if My Sites is configured successfully. Enter the specified URL in browser, then enter main page of My Sites.
8. Then click “My Content,” after the loading, user can enter his own page.
As you can see, we have now successfully completed our setup of a My Site Host which will house our user’s My Sites.