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NEW BUTTON GRAYED OUT?
Depending on the OS version SharePoint is running on, there is a chance that, even logged in as a
domain admin and a farm administrator, you still may not be able to see things such as the New
button, Extend, or a number of the links to settings in Central Administration. If this is an issue for you,
tr y disabling User Access Control (UAC) on the ser ver. UAC may be block ing your account from doing
administrative tasks on the local server, even though you explicitly should have permission.
If the account you are logged in with is a member of the Farm Administrators group but doesn’t
have administrative permissions on the local server, you may also be missing settings that require
the right to start/stop services, install software, or add/remove IIS Web Sites. But that is by design.
For more about farm permissions, see Chapter 12.
Extend To use this button, you first must select a web application to extend. If you click
the Extend button, it will take you to a form that is very similar to the Create New Web
Application form, but with fewer choices. Remember that extending a web application simply
creates a new IIS Web Site that uses the same application pool and content database as the
web application it is extending (so you don’t specify separate database or application pool
settings). This means an extended web application is nothing but another door to the same
room, so to speak. It is just another way to access the same data as the original web
application, only it will use a different URL and can have different security settings. Once you’ve
created an extended web application, it will not have its own listing in the web application
list, and it cannot be managed like a standard web application because it does not have
its own content database and, therefore, cannot store its own site collections and content.
Extended web applications are associated with their original web application zones, of which
there are four available per web application for extension. This is why extended web
applications are referred to in SharePoint by their zone and URL in alternate access mappings. For
more details, see Chapter 10.
Delete This button has two options: Delete A Web Application and Remove SharePoint
From An IIS Web Site. The first will strip the selected web application from the configuration
database as if it had never been there. The second is particularly used to get rid of an extended
web application (deleting is for real web applications). Web applications are covered in detail
in Chapter 10, so for more information about deleting web applications, particularly
demonstrating how to delete an extended web application, see that chapter.
General Settings The General Settings button displays a catchall menu where you can
easily get to the settings of a selected web application. Some of the options here are also
accessible from other places in Central Administration.
To use the General Settings button, select a web application. Clicking the General Settings
button will simply open the General Settings form for the web application. However, if you
click the down arrow for the button, you get a number of other options: General Settings,
Resource Throttling, Workflow, Outgoing E-mail, Mobile Account, and SharePoint Designer.
A more detailed description of the options for the General Settings button are as follows:
General Settings The General Settings form is another catchall, this time for all those
settings that can be applied to a web application that can’t really be classified anywhere else.