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How to Define a Managed Path Exclusion

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:

Help Your SharePoint User
  1. On the Start menu select Administrative Tools, and then SharePoint Central Administration
  2. In the Virtual Server Configuration section, click the Configure virtual server settings link.
  3. 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.
  4. In the Virtual Server Management section, click the Define managed paths link.
  5. In the Add New Path section there is a Path text box.  In this text box, enter the path that you want to exclude.
  6. In the Type radio button list click Excluded Path.
  7. Click the OK button.
  8. Verify that the URL you selected is now listed in the Excluded Paths section.
  9. 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.