Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Overview of SharePoint 2010 Central Administration

Hi Friends
I have installed the SharePoint 2010 on my AMD 32 bit machine.
This is the Central Administration Screen of SharePoint 2010.Doesn’t it looks cool? Yes It is.
It also provides many fantastic features. Let us look at some of features overview by Sections.

Application Management
This is the one of the section where we perform a number of operations like create new Web applications and site collections,  manage the services that are installed on SharePoint site like Excel Services or BCS ,manage content database. (The content database is the database which stores SharePoint data per web application wise, and is the reason why SharePoint takes a dependency on SQL Server upon installation.)
Application management provides so many options by which we can accomplish tasks such as

  1. Modifying the properties of the content database
  2. Activating features, creating new site collections
  3. So many J
Let us display names of all sections under Application Management.

Monitoring is a section where we can manage reporting, monitoring, and the status of your SharePoint site.
The Monitoring site has main three portions:
Ø  Review problems and solutions or Health status: Health status provides a place for you to manage the status of different services on your SharePoint server (such as Visio services or farm-level services). You can see which services are failing, for example, through reports that are surfaced here. Health status also enables you to define rules (such as the scheduling of application pool recycles). View the problems detected by the SharePoint Health Analyzer and take steps to solve those problems.
Ø  Timer jobs: we can provide details for a specific timer jobs to run, and when to run them and view the status and results for the last execution of timer jobs that are enabled in the farm.
Ø  Reporting:Reporting provides you with a set of tools that enables you to create and manage reports, run diagnostic logging, and view reports on various server-side activities. View traffic, search, or inventory statistics for web applications in the farm.

General Application Settings

It is the place where we can configure a number of generic settings for a SharePoint site collections and sites.

It provides and covers so many security areas for SharePoint like management of administrator accounts, configuration and management of service accounts, the management of password change settings and policies, and the specification of authentication providers, trusted identity providers, antivirus settings, blocked file types, Web part security, self-service security, and secure token services. The security settings here supplement the security in the main browser UI, where users and site administrators can assess specific permissions that relate to users for their sites.
Ø  Manage the farm administrators group: Manage the farm administrators group. Members of this group have complete access to all settings in the farm and can take ownership of any content site.
Ø  Configure service accounts: Manage the credentials this farm and associated services use.
Ø  Configure send to connections
Ø  Configure content deployment paths and jobs
Ø  Manage form templates

System Settings
It allows us to configure more server-centric settings like farm-level or access features, manage the services.
Ø  Manage servers in this farm: Configure and enable services to run on the local farm.
Ø  Manage services on server: Select the services that will run on each server in the farm.
Ø  Manage farm features:Enable or disable farm-wide SharePoint functionality.
Ø  Configure alternate access mappings:Configure the internal and public URL mapping for web    applications in the farm.

Backup and Restore
The place which gives ensured of that we can recover our sites in case of failure. It allows us to create and schedule regular backups for your SharePoint, perform ad hoc backups, restore from a previously backed-up SharePoint site, and so on
Ø  Perform a backup:Back up portions of this farm to a file.
Ø  Restore from a backup:Restore content to this farm using a backup file.
Ø  Perform a site collection backup: Back up the contents of a site collection.
Upgrade and Migration

Sometimes organization needs to upgrade their SharePoint Standard Edition to SharePoint Enterprise Edition which requires a license and a server-driven process to upgrade one version of SharePoint to another. This place of Central Administration gives this facility.
Ø  Convert farm license type
Ø  Check product and patch installation status: View the current product and patch installation status.
Ø  Check upgrade status: View the status of current and previous upgrade events.
Configuration Wizards

A step-by-step wizard that configures SharePoint server for us.

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