I had a task to create a proof of concept environment for SharePoint 2013 for a presentation to a top level exec. Installed and Configured a SharePoint 2013 farm on couple of VM's with dedicated WFE/APP and SQL Server boxes, as this will be used as a POF and the requirements were not clear how long the boxes will be used. MS has released the deployment guide for 2013 must read before thinking of creating a new farm.
Created a new web application on the new farm and a root level Site Collection based on Team Site Template. Till this moment everything was looking good. On accessing the Site got the following error :
SharePoint returned the following error: Invalid URI: The URI is empty. Contact your system administrator for help in resolving this problem.
My first encounter with an issue on 2013 on a vanilla environment, thought it would be good to have this as a reference.
To resolve this, I had to create and configure my site i.e.
- Created a new web app for my site
- Created the my site host site collection as the root
- Provisioned the User Profile Service App
- Configured the My Site URL in Setup My Site in User Profile Service App
On accessing the Team Site didn't find the error.
Each environment is different and unique, ULS Log viewer was the key to identify and troubleshoot this.