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In Depth Information
Keep in mind that certain settings available in Central Administration are only there as
“hooks” to connect SharePoint Foundation with SharePoint Server 2010 or other third-party
products. You need to be aware of them so they don’t surprise you when they appear, even
though you aren’t doing anything with them. Some settings require third-party products and
vary so greatly that you’ll need to check with your vendor to see how to integrate them with
SharePoint (such as the antivirus settings).
This chapter is organized by the categories listed in the Quick Launch bar, starting with
Application Management. As I go through each category and setting, most of them are
covered in detail elsewhere in the topic. When that is the case, I will give a brief overview of what
the setting does and will otherwise direct you to what chapter to read to get more involved
From the Central Administration home page, you can get to the Application Management page
by clicking the heading in the content area or the link in the Quick Launch bar.
Settings organized under Application Management are those related to either web
applications or site collections and their resources (such as content databases). It is from here that you
can access the pages to create, delete, and manage web applications and site collections within
web applications (also critical to the use of SharePoint); manage content databases; and integrate
with external resources. This page is essentially the foundation of SharePoint web application
and site collection administration.
The Application Management page is broken into subsets of settings (Figure 11.3): Web
Applications, Site Collections, Service Applications, and Databases. These subcategories contain
links to additional settings pages, which can in turn have buttons in their ribbon bars that take
you to even more settings pages.