Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Event ID 8214

Sometimes it happens that once you have modified you Alternate Access Mappings (AAM) on a SharePoint website, you start getting 8214 events in the Application EventLog:

Event Type: Error
Event Source: Windows SharePoint Services 3
Event Category: Topology
Event ID: 8214
Date: 15/03/2010
Time: 4:41:18 PM
User: N/A
Computer: WSSserver

This happens...
each time a user connects to your SharePoint website via a URL that is not hardcoded in your AAM. Nothing really serious, because SharePoint guess that there is a slight misconfiguration (for instance if you have been trying to configure SSL for WSS) and keeps providing the correct URL to your users. But, and I know you think like me, the cleaner your EventLog, the better you feel. So to stop these recurring events, just do what is so well explained (and, believe me, good event descrptions are rare!) inside the description field of the event and add the missing URL to your list of alternate mappings:

"The description for Event ID ( 8214 ) in Source ( Windows SharePoint Services 3 ) cannot be found. The local computer may not have the necessary registry information or message DLL files to display messages from a remote computer. You may be able to use the /AUXSOURCE= flag to retrieve this description; see Help and Support for details. The following information is part of the event: A request was A request was made for a URL,, which has not been configured in Alternate Access Mappings. Some links may point to the Alternate Access URL for the default zone, Review the Alternate Access mappings for this Web application at and consider adding as a Public Alternate Access URL if it will be used frequently. Help on this error:"

WSS Event ID 8214

How to add an Alternate Access Mapping to WSS 3.0
I hope this helps!

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