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In our existent sharepoint 2013 web we only have site collections in the default managed path http://servername/sites/collectionname. Is it safe to create a root site collection without affecting the existent collections, such as search or user permissions?

The only reason we want a root site is to use alias name (CNAME) to connect, and then redirect to one of the other collections.

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Yes it's fine to create a root site collection. In fact in the past I've come across scenarios where not having a root site collection actually caused issues (though I can't remember off the top of my head what those issues were).

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Simple HTTP Redirect in IIS should do the trick without having to add root site collection and do client side redirect.

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You should create the Root Level Site collection, without root level Site collection SharePoint will have tons of Issue. Couple of these are

  • MMS will have issue
  • MySite will not work properly
  • many Urls reside under the root site level( _layouts folder) will be broken

Couple of reference: Link 1 , Link 2

It is safe to create and you should do it.

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