SharePoint takes over all of the directories on the server so that it can create a dynamic, configuration-based, solution. However, this creates problems when other projects or data must share the same space. This document describes the steps necessary to create an exclusion so that non-SharePoint projects can co-exist on the same server.
Defining the Managed Path
To define the managed path follow this procedure:
- On the Start menu select Administrative Tools, and then SharePoint Central Administration
- In the Virtual Server Configuration section, click the Configure virtual server settings link.
- Select the virtual server that you’re interested in from the Virtual Server List. This should be the web site that you’re going to put non-SharePoint content in.
- In the Virtual Server Management section, click the Define managed paths link.
- In the Add New Path section there is a Path text box. In this text box, enter the path that you want to exclude.
- In the Type radio button list click Excluded Path.
- Click the OK button.
- Verify that the URL you selected is now listed in the Excluded Paths section.
- Repeat steps 5-8 for each URL you need to exclude.
You’ve now defined a managed path in SharePoint. SharePoint will no longer try to service requests to those URLs and as a consequence the other application or content that you’ve placed in this directory should now be available.