Creating 'Vanity' URLs SharePoint 2013

I use the word Vanity loosly here, it basically creates a nice short URL such as http://SHORT that will redirect to http://sharepoint/sites/mine/SitePages/something Very Long pagename.aspx – this is all done through IIS so you will need access to all web front end servers that are serving your SharePoint farm.

  • Logon to web front end servers
  • Launch IIS Manager
  • Create directory within C:\inetpub\wwwroot\wss\VirtualDirectories
  • Create new web site within IIS
  • Edit permissions of site so Authenticated users have the default permissions
  • Create DNS entry and point to relevant load balancer / server
  • Create HTTP redirect on the site

this doesn’t need an IIS reset and can be done without SharePoint going down.