Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
DELETE THE COLLECTION
If you create a new alternate access mapping collection (which is what Map To External Resource
does) by accident and want to delete it, you need to view that new collection’s public URLs. The
Delete button on that settings page does not delete a selected public URL but instead deletes the
collection. This works for deleting any alternate access mapping collection (meaning any internal
URL and its associated public URLs as a set), so use it very, very carefully.
Site Collection
A web application is useless without something in it, and this subcategory is all about the site
collections. The settings include creating and deleting site collections, configuring their quotas,
creating self-service sites, and assigning site collection administrators. All site collection settings
were covered in detail in Chapter 10, so for more information about site collections and a
demonstration of what a lot of the settings do, see that chapter.
C R E A T E S I T E C O L L E C T I O N S
If you click the Create Site Collection link, it will open a page that looks suspiciously as though
you are simply creating a site—and you are. As you learned in Chapter 10, when you create a
new site collection, you are creating a new top-level address space and a site to put there. When
creating a site collection, you can enter a title, a description, and the URL path for the site, as
well as specify the site collection administrators, template to apply to the top-level site, and site
collection quota template.
In addition, site collections can be used as user account and group boundaries (otherwise
known as permission boundaries ) because permissions can be inherited from the top-level site of a
site collection throughout the libraries, lists, and subsites, but not between site collections. This
makes them convenient for branch offices or regions, because you can add users at the top-level
site of that site collection and have them easily propagate through all the subsites below it, but
they can be different and isolated from the users added to the top-level site of a different site
collection. For more about users and inheritance, see Chapter 12.
NUMBER OF INVITED USERS?
There is a field at the bottom of the Create Site Collection page that seems rather obscure. It’s
Number Of Invited Users in the Quota Template section. This setting can be configured only if
SharePoint was set to use Active Directory Account Creation Mode during installation. In that
mode, users are added to SharePoint using an email address, and the alias (par t of the email address
preceding the @ symbol) is used to create a user account in a specially configured organizational
unit in Active Directory. In that implementation, as part of setting up a quota template, you can
specify the maximum number of users allowed to be added to the site collection. That option is not
available for the default, Active Directory Account Mode, which SharePoint uses during a standard
installation (Standalone or Complete).
Number Of Invited Users has no relevance in this situation because this implementation of
SharePoint doesn’t use ADAC, and that’s why the field is blank and why you can’t configure it
when setting up quotas.
 
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