Manage personal sites

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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As a service administrator, you can control the location and site naming format for personal sites by using the Manage Personal Sites page. If you are using shared services and the My Site feature, you can specify where to host personal sites, including hosting them on a different farm. You can also select the users and security groups that are part of the Reader group (that is, that have the Read permission level).

You can manage personal sites from the Manage Personal Sites page:

  1. Open the administration page for the Shared Services Provider (SSP).

    To open the administration page for the SSP, do the following:

    1. On the top navigation bar, click Application Management.

    2. On the Application Management page, in the Office SharePoint Server Shared Services section, click Create or configure this farm’s shared services.

    3. On the Manage this Farm’s Shared Services page, click the SSP for which you want to open the administration page.

  2. On the Shared Services Administration Home page, in the User Profiles and My Sites section, click My Site settings.

What do you want to do?

  • Specify a personal site provider

  • Change the personal site location

  • Select a site naming format

  • Configure language options

  • Enable personal features for remote My Site deployments

  • Add users or groups to the Reader group

Specify a personal site provider

When you specify a personal site provider, you can use a separate portal site to host personal sites. After you specify a personal site provider, all users accessing personal sites on this server are automatically redirected to the server that you specify. If there are any existing personal sites, you must manually transfer the data to the new portal site.

  • If necessary, in the Personal Site Services section, in the Personal site provider box, type the URL of the portal site that will host the personal sites.

    If you use the My Site host template, you do not need to manually specify the personal site provider.


    To avoid conflicting security settings, ensure that the permissions on the portal site hosting personal sites match the permissions that are specified on the child portal sites.

Change the personal site location

The directory where you create and store personal site directories for users is called the personal site location. By default, this directory is created immediately under the root directory. For example, if you name the location personal, all of the personal site directories are created under http://*portal\_site*/persona. You can change this location at any time without affecting the location of existing personal sites.

  • In the Personal Site Location section, in the Location box, type the URL of the personal site location.

Select a site naming format

It is important to specify a site naming format because user names can potentially conflict with one another across domains. The site naming format specifies the naming convention to use when directories are created for personal sites for specific users and specifies how to resolve conflicts with existing directories.

  • In the Site Naming Format section, select one of the following:

    • User name (do not resolve conflicts)   Directories are named by using the user name of each user. If the same user name occurs in multiple domains, information for the personal sites that are created for those user accounts is stored in the same location.

    • User name (resolve conflicts by using domain_username)   Unless there is a naming conflict, all personal sites use the user name of the user who created them. In the case of conflicts, the new personal site is created in a directory that has a name in the format of Domain\User Name.

    • Domain and user name (will not have conflicts)   All directories are created by using a naming convention that includes the domain name. Using this naming convention avoids conflicts, but directory names may be harder for users to remember.

Configure language options

On deployments that support multiple languages, you can enable users to select the languages in which to create their personal sites. The list of available languages depends on the language packs that are installed on the hosting server of the individual personal sites.

  • To enable users to select the languages in which their personal sites are created, select the Allow user to choose the language of their personal site check box.

Enable personal features for remote My Site deployments

When all personal features are enabled for remote My Site users, users who have remote My Site deployments can use features (such as My Links, My Colleagues, and My Site) that would normally be unavailable because the site is remotely hosted.

  • To enable users who have remote My Site deployments to use all personal features, select the Enable My Site to support global deployments check box.

Add users or groups to the Reader group

You can decide which users can view personal sites by adding accounts and groups to the Reader group. Accounts and groups you add will be assigned the Read permission level.

  • In the Default Reader Site Group section, type the accounts or groups to which you want to grant the Read permission level in the corresponding box. Separate accounts and groups by using commas.

  • You can also select accounts or groups to add to the Reader group by clicking Browse. Type the name or alias for which you are searching, and then click the arrow. All names or aliases starting with that text are returned in search results. In the Results list, click the users or aliases that you want to add, and then click Add. Click OK to return to the Manage Personal Sites page.