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Deconstructing Central Administration in SharePoint 2010
This article is part of the SharePoint Insider issue of February 2011
SharePoint is a very broad platform. Since its inception in 2001, Microsoft has steadily added features, functions and capabilities. What was once a primarily document-centric sharing tool, has now become effectively a development platform that provides Web content management, business intelligence, personalization, line-of-business application integration and, yes, document sharing. With all of the changes, however, Microsoft has struggled to create an equally capable set of administration controls. In the latest release, SharePoint 2010, its Central Administration site is more complete than in past versions. Unfortunately, you’ll still need to administer SharePoint through a combination of local interfaces, site/site collection interfaces and command-line utilities. Just what is Central Administration? SharePoint Central Administration is a proper SharePoint site that exposes a lot, but not all, of the administrative interfaces to control various functions and configurations within SharePoint. The focus of the site is “farm” ...
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You still can‘t manage individual sites and site collections from Central Administration in SharePoint 2010; but there are eight sections that you can manage.
SharePoint 2010 gives you access to far more e-discovery features than any previous release -- features that will ease compliance issues when they arise.
Get a handle on broad and granular permission management techniques to keep critical SharePoint 2010 data safe.