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In this section, you’ll work through all the settings for each subcategory of Application
Management. Generally, the descriptions will be brief because most of what’s here, especially
anything relating to web applications and site collections, was covered in detail in Chapter 10,
“Site Collections and Web Applications.”
This subcategory is where a lot of the action is; don’t let the fact there are only two links fool
you. The Manage Web Applications page alone is a page full of configuration settings for web
applications. In fact, this page has so many settings that some of them are also available
elsewhere in Central Administration. Anything related to web applications is available from this
subset. Web applications were covered in detail in Chapter 10.
M A N A G E W E B A P P L I C A T I O N S
Manage Web Applications is one of the pages in Central Administration that complies with the
new ribbon bar design convention. Because of that, it can be a bit of a confusing place. It
contains about a dozen settings pages in which you can do just about everything you need with
web applications. To access the page, simply click the Manage Web Applications link under Web
Applications on the Application Management page.
WHAT’S A WEB APPLICATION?
Although web applications and site collections were extensively covered in Chapter 10, as a reminder;
web applications are associated with IIS Web Sites, and they contain site collections for SharePoint.
Web applications are where you apply access settings (such as authentication methods, anonymous
access, or requiring SSL). Web applications are essentially address and security boundaries for the
site collections they contain.
Once on the Web Applications Management page (Figure 11.4), you’ll see a list of the existing
web applications for the farm and a largely inactive ribbon bar. Until you select an existing web
application from the list, the only button that is available is the New button.
This page contains the buttons necessary to create new web applications, extend web
applications, and delete web applications, as well as manage all web application settings and
requirements, from security using policies, authentication providers, and blocked file types to
managing paths, features, and service connections to self-service site creation. For much more
on those topics, see Chapter 10 for details.
New The New button is used to create a new web application. When you click this button,
a Create New Web Application form box (Figure 11.5) comes up. This form has eight sections
that allow you to specify the settings of the IIS Web Site for the web application, ranging
from the authentication mode, its address and virtual directory; its security and public,
loadbalanced URL; the application pool name and identity; to the database server and database
name, and service application associations. Creating new web applications is covered in
detail in Chapter 10.