I have been configuring a SP 2013 site, and I have a My Site Host Site Collection on its own Web Application. But now I find out I can't use two distinct URLs (our "main" site, portal.company.com may still exist but I can't also have my.company.com), so I need to move the My Site Host over to the portal Web Application. Is this possible? What are my options here?

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    what you want, move the all mysites to new web applications and update the MySite Host location?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Sep 25, 2014 at 17:34
  • @WaqasSarwarMCSE What I need is to move the My Site Host SC so that its URL begins with portal.company.com and not my.company.com
    – Rory
    Sep 25, 2014 at 17:54
  • what is your current MySite host location? portal or my? and you want your mysites start from Portal.company.com, correct?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Sep 25, 2014 at 17:58
  • @WaqasSarwarMCSE My current My Site Host SC is located at my. And yes, "you want your mysites start from Portal.company.com"
    – Rory
    Sep 25, 2014 at 18:02
  • it is not best practice to use same web application for Mysite and Non-mysite...but if you want see my anwser.
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Sep 25, 2014 at 18:03

2 Answers 2


Looks like you want to change the mysite Host location to new web application(portal.company.com) and in this process you have to perform two things.

  1. update your user profile services for mysite host location, Create Managed Path, enable self services site creation,
  2. Now move all existing MySite collection from existing web app to new webApp.

To move Site collections

You can detach the database from existing(my.company.com) web application and reattach to portal.company.com web app.

Or u can take the backup of Site collections(My Site) one by one and restore it to portal web app.

helpful http://amjadk.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/mysites-and-the-mysite-host-in-sharepoint-2013/

But on the side note, it is highly recommended keep the mysite host web application separate.

Although you can use an existing web application to host these site collections, we recommend that you use a dedicated web application to improve performance and manageability.My Sites require that a site collection exist at the web application root (which is displayed as / in the user interface). Without this, you will receive a message that states that there is no site collection at the root when you try to enable self-service site creation for the web application. Because we recommend that you use a dedicated web application to host My Sites, you should use the root path for the My Site host collection unless you have a specific requirement to create the site collection deeper in the uniform resource locator (URL) path.

Read this technet for more understanding. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262500(v=office.15).aspx

  • Your answer here appears to be helpful - but lacks necessary detail. "update your user profile services for mysite host location" - I think I know what you mean there... "Create Managed Path" - do you mean add a new managed path? What are Best Practices here? Should I expect errors to happen before everything is completed? I don't know what to expect in any of these intermediate steps.
    – Rory
    Sep 25, 2014 at 20:22
  • if you read both links i mentioned in my response, 1st will explain about the steps what to do....2nd will explain why it is not recommended.
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Sep 25, 2014 at 20:24
  • After doing some reading, it seems like the best thing to do would be to move the whole web app to a new URL. Or maybe "Extend" the web app so it is accessible from another URL?
    – Rory
    Oct 1, 2014 at 15:29
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    extending the existing web again not good idea becuase same web app for mysite and non mysites...
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Oct 1, 2014 at 15:30
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    If you want to expose the same content in a Web application to different types of users by using additional URLs or authentication methods, you can extend an existing Web application into a new zone. When you extend the Web application into a new zone, you create a separate Internet Information Services (IIS) Web site to serve the same content, but with a unique URL and authentication type.technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc261698(v=office.14).aspx
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Oct 1, 2014 at 15:48

Even though it is not recommended for obvious reasons, if you do want to move them into the portal web app, you can do the following:

  • create an explicit managed path under the portal web app called "my"
  • create a mysite host SC at that location
  • create a wildcard managed path under portal called "my/personal"
  • in the User Profile Service App, change the location of the mysite host to portal.company.com/my
  • on the same page, change the path of personal site to portal.company.com/my/personal
  • Backup All existing mysites from old separate web app using Backup-SPSite (using powershell, Get-SPWebApplication <url> | Get-SPSite | Foreach-Object { $_ | Backup-SPSite -Path "<backupfolder>\$($_.Title).bak"
  • Restore all MySites in new location (with powershell loop through all backup files: Get-ChildItem <path to backup files> | Foreach-Object { Restore-SPSite -Identity <new url> -Path $_.FullName }
  • Change the personalsite property for each user profile to point to new location of that user's restored my site.
  • Enable Self-service site creation on the portal web app

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