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Automating Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010 Administration with Windows PowerShell® 2.0 by Shannon Bray, Gary Lapointe

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Create a Tenant Hosting Web Application

When it comes time to determine where we will be storing our tenants' Site Collections and administrative sites, we have a couple of core options. The first option is to use a standard Web Application and separate each tenant using a series of Managed Paths. The second option is to use Host-Named Site Collections. For most scenarios, we recommend that you use Host-Named Site Collections. This is due to the management overhead and the software boundaries related to how many Managed Paths are supported by SharePoint 2010. (Additionally, this is how the SharePoint product team intended multi-tenant deployments to be configured.)

To help explain this further, suppose we need to create a Managed Path for a Content ...

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