Using Central Administration

You can use Central Administration to perform administration tasks for SharePoint Products and Technologies from a central location. Central Administration is divided into four parts: the Home page, the Operations page, the Application Management page, and the administration pages for Shared Services Providers (SSPs).

What do you want to do?

Learn what's on the Home page

Learn what's on the Operations page

Learn what's on the Application Management page

Learn what's on the Shared Services Provider pages

Learn what's on the Home page

The Central Administration Home page is opened by clicking the Home tab. The Home page contains the following three Web parts:

  • Administrator Tasks    This section lists tasks that you should complete. Each task links to a page where you can read about and then perform the task.

  • Farm Topology     This section lists each server in the farm and the services running on each server. You can click a server to manage its services.

  • Resources    This section is a list of links similar to the Favorites menu in Windows Internet Explorer. When you add a new link, you can optionally add a description and notes.

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Learn what's on the Operations page

You can open the Operations page by clicking the Operations tab. This page contains links to pages where you can perform administrative tasks. The following table describes the sections on the Operations page.

Section

Description

Included links

Topology and Services

Contains links to pages where you can administer services, farm topology, and e-mail settings.

  • Servers in farm

  • Services on server

  • Outgoing e-mail settings

  • Incoming e-mail settings

  • Approve/reject distribution groups

Security Configuration

Contains links to pages where you can administer security settings, including antivirus, and blocked file types for downloading and uploading.

  • Service accounts

  • Information Rights Management

  • Antivirus

  • Blocked file types

  • Update farm administrator's group

Logging and Reporting

Contains links to pages that help you understand the state of your servers.

  • Diagnostic logging

  • Usage analysis processing

Upgrade and Migration

Contains links to pages where you can complete such tasks as upgrading sites and servers and converting license types.

  • Finalize upgrade

  • Convert License Type

Global Configuration

Contains links to pages where you can administer settings that affect the farm globally, such as administering timer jobs, configuring alternative access mapping, and managing solutions.

  • Timer job status

  • Timer job definitions

  • Alternate access mappings

  • Quiesce Farm

  • Manage farm features

  • Solution management

Backup and Restore

Contains links to pages where you can back up and restore both applications and data.

  • Perform a backup

  • Backup and restore history

  • Restore from backup

  • Backup and restore job status

Data Configuration

Contains links to pages where you can specify the default database server for SharePoint sites and configure the data retrieval service.

  • Default database server

  • Data retrieval service

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Learn what's on the Application Management page

The Application Management page contains links where you can create and administer Web Applications and Site Collections, and contains links to pages where you can configure related settings.

The following table describes the sections on the Application Management page.

Section

Description

Included links

SharePoint Web Application Management

Contains links to pages where you can manage Web applications, configure e-mail settings at the Web application level, and manage content databases.

  • Create or extend Web application

  • Remove SharePoint from IIS Web site

  • Delete Web application

  • Define managed paths

  • Web application outgoing e-mail settings

  • Web application settings

  • Content databases

  • Manage Web application features

  • Web application list

SharePoint Site Management

Contains links to pages where you can manage site collections and site use.

  • Create site collection

  • Delete site collection

  • Site use confirmation and deletion

  • Quota templates

  • Site collection quotas and locks

  • Site collection administrators

  • Site collection list

Search

Contains a link to pages where you can manage the Search service.

  • Manage Search Service

Office SharePoint Server Shared Services

Contains links to pages where you can manage shared services at the farm level. For information about administering shared services at the Shared Services Provider (SSP) level, see Learn what's on the Shared Services Providers pages.

  • Create or configure this farm's shared services

  • Grant or configure shared services between farms

  • Check services enabled in this farm

  • Configure Session State

Application Security

Contains links to pages where you can administer security at the Web application level.

  • Security for Web Part pages

  • Self-service site management

  • User permissions for Web application

  • Policy for Web application

  • Authentication providers

External Service Connections

Contains links to pages where you can administer connections to services that are external to Web applications, including document conversion services.

  • Records center

  • HTML viewer

  • Document conversions

Workflow Management

Contains a link to pages where you can manage workflow settings.

  • Workflow settings

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Learn what's on the Shared Services Provider pages

On the Quick Launch, under Shared Services Administration, you can click a Shared Services Provider (SSP) to access its administration home page.

The following table describes the sections on an SSP administration home page.

Section

Description

Search

Contains links to pages where you can administer search settings and view usage reports.

Portal Usage Reporting

Contains a link to a page where you can administer portal usage reporting for sites.

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