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To see the services running on a different server in the farm topology, you can click the
Server menu and select Change Server. This will take you to a page where you can select the
server you’d prefer (Figure 11.37). This type of page is used to change the selection of Settings
pages throughout Central Administration. Options, whether they are servers, web applications,
or alternate access mapping collections, are laid out as links to select on a background of
alternating stripes (with the selected one highlighted in yellow). Simply select your option, and it
will filter the Settings page accordingly. The Services On Server page is where you start and stop
services on a particular server. For an example of this, check out Chapter 16, where you’ll learn
how to move or add the Search service to a second server on the farm.
E-mail and Text Messages (SMS)
This subcategory is focused on the email settings available or required by SharePoint. New
for this version is the Mobile Account setting, which allows SharePoint, when it is configured
correctly, to offer alerts and message via SMS as well as email. Keep in mind that the outgoing
email and mobile account settings are also available per web application (and were described)
under Manage Web Applications earlier in the chapter. The options for their configuration in
this section are for the farm as a whole, if nothing is set at the web application level.
C O N F I G U R E O U T G O I N G EM A I L S E T T I N G S
SharePoint uses outgoing email to send notifications and alerts to users, site owners, and
administrators. As you can see in Figure 11.38, you only need to let the server know the address of the
outbound email server, the From address (which can be fictional), the Reply-to address (which
has to be a real address, and one someone checks regularly in case users reply to their alerts
or notifications, or if Request Access is enabled), and the character set for the email (UTF-8 is a
good default in many cases; use what is correct for the language of your network).
C O N F I G U R E I N C O M I N G EM A I L S E T T I N G S
Using the defaults built into IIS’s SMTP service, SharePoint can gather incoming email from
a drop box on the local server and add it to the appropriate lists or libraries. Not all lists and
libraries can handle incoming email, because the email fields must be mapped to the list’s fields
in order to be useful. You can create your own email event handlers if you want to make
incoming email possible for your custom lists; however, you can simply reuse existing list templates
that already support incoming email and modify them to suit your needs.