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It was recommended to me that we use HNSCs for an upcoming project. After reading a couple of articles and blog posts, I'm starting to understand the different implications and requirements.

Are the following statements true regarding HNSCs in SharePoint 2013?

  • Only one web application in your farm can support HNSCs in it.
  • Your farm can still support multiple web applications.
  • One web application can contain be HNSCs and path based site collections.
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Version of SharePoint (2010, 2013)? –  Robert Kaucher Sep 18 '13 at 23:54
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This was for 2013 and I've edited the question to indicate that. Thanks for your help. –  RWL01 Sep 19 '13 at 13:04

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I am going to assume this is for SharePoint 2013.

Only one web application in your farm can support HNSCs in it.

This is false, but it is the recommended way to do it for manageability.

Use multiple web applications with host-named site collections

If you use more than one web application, you add more operational overhead and complexity to the system. We recommend that you use one web application for site collections.

Your farm can still support multiple web applications.

True, as per the above quote.

One web application can contain be HSNCs and path based site collections.

Do you mean contain both HNCs and path-based site collections? If so, yes.

Mix host-named site collections and path-based site collections in the same web application

You can use host-named and path based site collections in the same web application. To ensure that both types of site collections are accessible to users, do not put host header bindings on the IIS website of your web application, including IIS websites for zones that are extended from the web application. If an existing web application has a host header binding set, IIS will not return pages from the host-named site collection until you remove the binding from IIS.

See Host-named site collection architecture and deployment (SharePoint 2013)

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