Manage shared services between farms

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Shared services between farms enable Web applications from one farm to use shared services (such as the Search and User Profiles services) from another farm. When one farm shares services with another, the farm that is sharing and the farm that is the recipient of the sharing both need to be configured.

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

  2. On the Application Management page, in the Office SharePoint Server Shared Services section, click Grant or configure shared services between farms.

  3. On the Manage Shared Services between Farms page, select one of the following:

    This farm does not participate in shared services between farms

    • Click OK.

    This farm will provide shared services to other farms

    1. In the Provide Shared Services section, on the SSP Name menu, click the SSP that will provide the shared services.

    2. In the Users box, type user names for the shared services.

    3. Click OK.

    This farm will consume shared services from another farm

    1. In the Consume Shared Services section, in the Database Server box, type the name of the database server for the configuration database of the farm that will share services.

    2. In the Database Name box, type the name of the configuration database.

    3. In the Database Authentication section, select one of the following:

      • Windows authentication (recommended)

      • SQL authentication. If you select this option, type the account name and password in the corresponding boxes.

    4. In the Local Excel Services section, on the SSP Name menu, click the SSP that will provide resources to the local Excel Services.

    5. Click OK.

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