below are the default Connectors found in SharePoint.
Bcs - Business Connectivity Services (internal protocol) Bcs2 - Business Connectivity Services URLs (internal protocol) File - File shares http - Web sites https - Web sites over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Notes - Lotus Notes databases Rb - Exchange public folders for versions prior to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Rbs - Exchange public folders over SSL for versions prior to Exchange Server 2003 Sps - People profiles in Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Sps3 - People profiles in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Sps3s - People profiles in Office SharePoint Server 2007 over SSL Spss - People profiles in SharePoint Portal Server 2003 over SSL Sts3 - Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 sites Sts3s - Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 sites over SSL Sts4 - Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, SharePoint Foundation 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, and SharePoint Server 2016 sites Sts4s - SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, SharePoint Foundation 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, and SharePoint Server 2016 sites over SSL.
Let me document the Frequently Asked Questions on SharePoint Managed Paths during my training sessions:
What is Managed Path in SharePoint?
A managed path is a location within a web application in which you can have site collections. When you create a web application, there are two managed paths created with it. The first managed path is called the Root “/” path of explicit inclusion type. The second is called “sites” with wildcard inclusion path. SharePoint 2010 My Site host comes with “Personal” Wildcard managed path.
Why We need Managed Paths in SharePoint?
Managed Paths in SharePoint used to group multiple sites based on some criteria. Also helps to maintain a logical structure in SharePoint. Say, You want to group all Sales department sites, then you can have: http://company/sales/Site1/ , http://company/sales/Site2/, etc.
SharePoint managed path examples:
Lets take an example. A typical SharePoint URL could be: “http://company.com/sites/Sales/apac/”
http://company.com – Web Application
Sites– Managed path
Sales – Site collection
apac – Sub-site
Explicit vs Wildcard
There are two Types of Managed Paths we can create:
Explicit inclusion : Path can be explicitly used for only one site collection. (E.g. http://company/sites/hr) and no site collections can be created underneath the path. (But sub-sites can be created under site collection)
Wildcard inclusion: If you want to create site collections underneath a specific path, choose “Wildcard” (for example, “Sites” in http://server/sites/). Unlimited site collections can be created under the given path.
How to Configure Managed Paths for SharePoint 2010 Web Applications?
Managed Paths are defined at web application level. You can have different paths for different web applications. They cannot be defined for host header site collections. To define managed path in SharePoint 2010, Go to:
Central Administration >> Application Management.
In Application Management page, click on Manage Web Applications
Click the Web application for which you want to configure Manage Paths
Now from the ribbon, click Managed Paths.
From here you can configure Managed Paths for a particular web application.
Once you are done with managed paths, click OK.
Nested Managed paths
is it possible to nest a managed path under another managed path? Yes! You can create nested managed paths! Say for E.g. You create a Managed Path “/sites/” , then You create managed path as “/sites/sales”. Now you can create site collections under each of these paths.
But you cannot create a site collection under /sites/ as “Sales”, because once you create the managed path “Sales” under “Sites” it is marked as reserved!
By default, Root Managed Path (/) is created as Explicit inclusion, which means you can create only one site collection at the root of the web application. However you can delete and Re-create it with Wildcard inclusion to enable site collections under Root.
How to Change site collection managed path
If you want to change the managed path of your site collection, You have to:
Backup your site collection
Delete your site collection
Restore your site collection with new managed path
What if I delete the Managed path in use?
Answer: Your SharePoint Sites under the specific managed path will result: HTTP 404 Page Not Found!
SharePoint Managed path not in list?
Managed Path Not available in Create Site Collection Page, After deleting the site collection which was occupying the specified managed path already ? Refer my article for the solution: Managed Path Not available
How to Create/Delete SharePoint Managed path Programmatically with C# object model or Powershell?