Always have a root site collection!!!

So today I spend most part of the day troubleshooting an issue with catalogs and host named site collections (HNSC) in SharePoint 2013. I created a basic cross site publishing scenario where I had a path based authoring site http://intranet.contoso.com/sites/authoring and a HNSC publishing site http://www.publishing.com All was going smooth, untill I wanted to consume…

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