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Settings organized under the System Settings category generally apply to the server farm as a
whole—including managing the server and its services, farm features and solutions, and the
farm’s incoming and outgoing email settings—as well as the farm’s mobile account.
To get to the System Settings page, you can click the heading on the Central Administration
home page or the System Settings link in the Quick Launch bar.
Once on the page you can see that there are three subcategories; Servers, E-mail And Text
Messages (SMS), and Farm Management.
This subcategory is especially useful if you have several web front-end SharePoint servers in
a server farm. In that case, one server could host the Central Administration page, one could
host Search, and the others could just be there as extra web front end servers for load balancing
(which can be the whole reason for having a farm). Given that scenario, if you had to take one
of the servers ofline, those services would need to be assigned to a different SharePoint server
in the farm. Suddenly, it would become useful to know where your services are, what server is
hosting them, and how to stop and/or move a service, as well as how to remove a server from
service in the SharePoint farm.
M A N A G E S E R V E R S I N T H I S F A R M
This settings page lets you see the servers SharePoint believes are running specific services it
requires. In Figure 11.35, you can see that my domain controller (DC1) is the outgoing email
server, RR1 is the SQL server (which is correct), and SPF2 is the only SharePoint server and is
carrying all the SharePoint roles at this point. Notice also that it lists the name of the
configuration database for this server farm (of which there is currently only one server), the version
number for this version of SharePoint, and the database server for the configuration database (which
is useful if you have more than one SQL server on your network).
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