Different behavior depending on whether the site is accessed via server name or IP address RRS feed

  • Question

  • I noticed a strange behavior.  When I access my pwa site via a URL that uses the server name e.g.


    Then I can see a page that says "pwa reports" and the URL looks like this:


    But when I access the same site via the IP address:

    and click on Reports, I see "Business Intelligence Center does not exist" and the URL is:

    Why is the behavior different?  My web application has alternate access mappings configured for both server name and IP address.

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016 9:53 PM

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  • While I do not claim to know exactly why they differ, I will offer some advice.

    It is not good practice to use either server name or IP when referencing PWA, nor is it preferred to use AAM's.

    Best practice is to use a friendly URL registered in DNS for your SharePoint web application upon creation.

    The reason is that during provisioning PWA will use the "Default" Zone when building out the internal bits which includes the contents of the BI Center (the ODC Files for example).

    so that may be part of the answer to your question - whatever is set as the default zone (server name?) will be the "correct" URL that PWA knows about.

    So while AAM's may be good for SharePoint in general, they are not ideal for PWA and his content.

    I would recommend to rebuild your SharePoint web app on the new URL and then re-provision PWA on that web app (meaning the default zone has the host header URL).

    all should well then.

    Hope that helps

    Thanks, Eric S. Pcubed

    PS Re-reading your OP, you are using PS 2016, as the URL for 2013 is /ProjectBICenter, is that right?

    And you may have just stumbled on some additional pages that MS left in the directory.

    • Edited by ErockP3 Wednesday, August 31, 2016 9:38 PM
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 9:34 PM