SharePoint 2013 App Domain Configuration

UPDATE: The video I mention in this blog is called: SPC240 – Understanding and Maintaining SharePoint Apps for IT Pros. It’s a must watch for anyone attempting to get this configured.

So I’ve done a couple of SharePoint 2013 App Catalog set-ups in the past couple of weeks, and I’d like to just quickly review my steps and outline one particular issue I ran into.

There are a few key articles out there for assistance with setting this up:

1. MSDN –
2. Mirjam –

Mirjam’s post is the one I followed, opting for Option A, a separate App domain for my apps. However, I made one deviation, because the method in which she sets up the CNAME record for the apps domain did not work for me.

There’s a great session at SPConf that outlines the setup quite well and in that video, the presenter has you configure a Host (A) record instead. Doing this worked for me, so I ended up with something like:

SharePoint 2013 App DNS Record Configuration

I’d be interested in knowing why the documentation popping up around the web has us create a CNAME record, and what scenarios cause this to work over my method (because it must work for those individuals)…I don’t have these answers but I’ll do a bit more digging the next time I set this up and see if I can pinpoint the issue.

Also, don’t forget to setup a web application without a host header, on port 80.

If you have any problems setting yours up, get in touch, I’d like to help out and update this post with more helpful tips and tricks for getting this configured.

4 Responses to “SharePoint 2013 App Domain Configuration”

  1. Rajendra January 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    Hello Shereen,

    I am having a problem with the DNS Configuration, have you installed the DNS as a part of AD DC installation??? or have you just installed the role of DNS.

  2. Rajendra January 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Can you please post the session name from SPC2012, so that I can download the video from the site.


  3. shereen January 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Hi Rajendra, the session I watched was called: SPC240 – Understanding and Maintaining SharePoint Apps for IT Pros. I had to look that one up again because it was so hard to find the first time around.

    Let me know if you can’t get a copy of it and I’ll make sure you get one. I did install DNS as a part of my AD DC installation yes, so I have a separate machine that’s running AD and DNS.

  4. Rosario P. Gamble May 21, 2013 at 3:12 am #

    Yeah – a bit of a pickle. For a long-run solution you should probably work towards moving the other apps to their own sites. For a temporary workaround you would use a redirect on either the load balancer or the original LAMP servers to the new site until you can change the www record.

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