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February 2011

Deconstructing Central Administration in SharePoint 2010

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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