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The previous version of SharePoint had a convenient Farm Topology web part for the home page. It
displayed all the servers that SharePoint knows about in the network, as well as the services they
provide in relation to SharePoint, such as a mail server if it’s set up for outgoing email, the farm’s
SQL server or other SharePoint servers on the farm.
Although that web par t isn’t on the home page by default, it is still available to be added to the home
page. Click in the Add a web part zone of your choice. Then, in the Miscellaneous category of the web
part workspace, select Farm Topology Web Part, and click Add. When you finish editing the page
(click Stop Editing), the web part will be available on the Central Administration home page.
You might have noticed the unfortunate Not Configured warning for the outgoing email server.
Maybe this is why they don’t have the Farm Topology web part on the home page anymore. It is a
known false negative, so if you have configured outgoing email, don’t let it worry you.
Central Administration’s settings—its data—are stored in the Configuration database
for the farm, but the site content itself, such as web parts, lists, and so on, are stored in the
AdminContent database. And thanks to that, Central Administration has the capabilities of a
normal top-level site of a site collection. It’s a top-level site and has a settings page of its own
under Site Actions (Figure 11.2).
You may be tempted to use Central Administration as a SharePoint site for administrators,
but never forget that you can’t recover this site, like you can any other SharePoint site. Because
it is so closely tied to the configuration database, Microsoft treats it differently. Although it can
be backed up using SharePoint Backup And Restore, you can’t restore it from backup. You have
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