Manage a farm's Shared Services Providers

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To manage a farm's Shared Services Providers (SSPs), you must use the Manage This Farm's Shared Services page. To open the Manage This Farm's Shared Services page:

  1. On the top navigation bar, click Application Management.

  2. On the Application Management page, in the Office SharePoint Server Shared Services section, click Create or configure this farm’s shared services.

On the Manage this Farm’s Shared Services page, there is a link to each SSP and links to the Web applications for each SSP.

What do you want to do?

Create a new SSP

Restore an SSP

Edit SSP settings

Delete an SSP

Change the default SSP

Change SSP associations

Create a new SSP

  1. On the Manage This Farm's Shared Services page, click New SSP.

  2. In the SSP Name section, in the SSP Name box, type a name for the new SSP.

  3. In the Web application list, select a Web application that will host an administration site for the new SSP.

    If you want to create a new Web application to host the administration site for the new SSP, click Create a new web application. For more information about creating Web applications, see Create or extend a Web application.

    The SSP Administration Site URL box is automatically populated with the administration URL.

  4. In the My Site Location section, in the Web application list, select a Web application to host My Sites.

    If you want to create a new Web application to host My Sites for the new SSP, click Create a new Web application. For more information about creating Web applications, see Create or extend a Web application.

    Note: It is recommended that you use different Web applications to host My Sites and the SSP administration site so that you can independently back up and restore My Sites.

  5. In the My Site Location URL box, type the URL for My Sites.

    If you want to host My Sites at a location other than the root, change the relative URL in the Relative URL box.

  6. In the SSP Service Credentials section, in the Username box and Password box, type the user name and password that will be used by SSP Web services for communications and by the SSP timer service for running jobs.

  7. In the SSP Database section, in the Database Server box, type the name of the database server.

  8. In the Database Name box, type the name of the database.

    Note: Using the default database is recommended in most cases.

  9. Under Database authentication, select one of the following:

    • Windows authentication (recommended).

    • SQL authentication. If you select this option, type the account credentials in the Account and Password boxes.

  10. In the Search Database section, in the Database Server box, type the name of the database server.

  11. In the Database Name box, type the name of the search database.

    Note: Using the default database is recommended in most cases.

  12. Under Database authentication, select one of the following:

    • Windows authentication (recommended).

    • SQL authentication. If you select this option, type the account credentials in the Account and Password boxes.

  13. In the Index Server section, click an index server on the Index Server menu.

  14. In the Path for index file location box, type the path of the index server where the indexes will be located.

    Note: Changing the index server does not move the index. To move an index, you must use Stsadm.

  15. If you want to use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to protect communications to and from Web services, select Yes in the SSL for Web Services section.

  16. Click OK.

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Restore an SSP

  1. On the Manage This Farm's Shared Services page, click Restore SSP.

  2. In the SSP Name section, in the SSP Name box, type a name for the restored SSP.

  3. On the Web application menu, click a Web application that will host an administration site for the restored SSP.

    If you want to create a new Web application to host an administration site for the restored SSP, click Create a new web application. For more information about creating Web applications, see Create or extend a Web application.

    The SSP Administration Site URL box is automatically populated with the administration URL.

  4. In the SSP Service Credentials section, in the Username box and Password box, type the user name and password that will be used by SSP Web services for interserver communications and the SSP timer service for running jobs.

  5. In the SSP Database section, in the Database Server box, type the name of the database server.

  6. In the Database Name box, type the name of the database.

    Note: Using the default database is recommended in most cases.

  7. Under Database authentication, select one of the following:

    • Windows authentication (recommended).

    • SQL authentication. If you select SQL authentication, type the account credentials in the Account and Password boxes.

  8. In the Search Database section, in the Database Server box, type the name of the database server.

  9. In the Database Name box, type the name of the search database.

    Note: Using the default database is recommended in most cases.

  10. Under Database authentication, select one of the following:

    • Windows authentication (recommended).

    • SQL authentication. If you select SQL authentication, type the account credentials in the Account and Password boxes.

  11. In the Index Server section, click an index server on the Index Server menu.

  12. In the Path for index file location box, type the path of the index server that will be used by the restored SSP to crawl content.

    Note: Changing the index server does not move the index. To move an index, you must use Stsadm.

  13. If you want to use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to protect communications to and from Web services, select Yes in the SSL for Web Services section.

  14. Click OK.

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Edit SSP settings

  • On the Manage This Farm's Shared Services page, point to the SSP for which you want to edit settings, and select Edit Properties on the menu that appears.

    For more information about the settings that you can edit, see Create a new SSP.

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Delete an SSP

If you delete a SSP, any Web applications that are associated with that SSP are associated with the default SSP. You cannot delete the default SSP.

  1. On the Manage This Farm's Shared Services page, point to the SSP that you want to delete, and click Delete.

  2. Click OK in the message box confirming that you want to proceed with the deletion.

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Change the default SSP

Web applications are automatically associated with the default SSP when they are created to ensure that they have access to necessary shared services. You can change which SSP is the default SSP.

  1. On the Manage This Farm's Shared Services page, click Change Default SSP.

  2. On the Change Default Shared Services Provider page, on the SSP Name menu in the Shared Services Provider section, click the SSP that you want to set as the default SSP.

  3. Click OK.

  4. On the Warning! page, read the implications of changing the default SSP.

    If you want to change the default SSP, click OK.

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Change SSP associations

Each Web application is associated with a single SSP. More than one Web application can be associated with the same SSP.

  1. On the Manage This Farm's Shared Services page, click Change Associations.

  2. On the Change Associations between Web Applications and SSPs page, on the SSP Name menu in the Shared Services Provider section, click the SSP that you want to associate Web applications with.

  3. In the Web applications section, select the check boxes for each Web application that you want to be associated with the specified SSP.

    To select all of the Web applications, select the Select all check box.

  4. Click OK.

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