Configuring Virtual Servers

After you have installed Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services and extend (extend: To apply Windows SharePoint Services to a virtual server.) a virtual server, you can configure settings for the virtual server (virtual server: A virtual computer that resides on an HTTP server but appears to the user as a separate HTTP server. Several virtual servers can reside on one computer. Each virtual server can have its own domain name and IP address.). The following options can be set at the virtual server level and affect all sites on that virtual server:

  • Self-Service Site Creation settings

Enable or disable Self-Service Site Creation. When enabled, this option allows users to create sites on their own. For more information, see Configuring Self-Service Site Creation.

  • Site use confirmation and auto-deletion settings

Determine whether to require confirmation of site use, or whether to automatically delete unused Web sites. For more information, see Managing Unused Web Sites.

  • User right settings

Specify which rights (rights: File-level and folder-level permissions that allow access to a Web site.) to make available to users of sites on your virtual server. For more information, see Managing Site Groups and Permissions.

Specify whether users can create connections between Web Parts (Web Part: A modular unit of information that consists of a title bar, a frame, and content. Web Parts are the basic building blocks of a Web Part Page.) in a Web site, and whether the Microsoft Office 2003 Web Part gallery is available. For more information, see Managing Web Parts on Virtual Servers.

  • Virtual server general settings

Configure settings to use as defaults for all sites that are created on your virtual server. For more information, see "Specifying General Settings for a Virtual Server" below.

  • E-mail settings

Specify the outbound e-mail server to use, and the e-mail addresses to use when sending e-mail from the server. E-mail settings can also be configured at the server level, and used as the default settings. For more information, see Configuring E-Mail Settings.

In addition, you can perform the following administrative tasks from the virtual server level:

You can create or delete content databases, or change the capacity settings for a particular content database. For more information, see content databases (content database: The Microsoft SQL Server or WMSDE database that contains the content for one or more SharePoint sites.).

  • Remove Windows SharePoint Services from the virtual server

You can remove Windows SharePoint Services either permanently or temporarily. For more information, see "Uninstalling Windows SharePoint Services" in the Windows SharePoint Services Administrator's Guide.

  • Define managed paths

You can add or remove included and excluded paths to control which areas of the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) (Uniform Resource Locator (URL): An address that specifies a protocol (such as HTTP or FTP) and a location of an object, document, World Wide Web page, or other destination on the Internet or an intranet. Example: namespace are managed by Windows SharePoint Services. For more information, see Managing Paths.

  • Create a top-level Web site or delete a site collection

You can create a new top-level Web site (top-level Web site: The default, top-level site provided by a Web server or virtual server. To gain access to the top-level Web site, you supply the URL of the server without specifying a page name or subsite.) or delete an existing site collection. For more information, see "Creating Sites and Subsites" in the Windows SharePoint Services Administrator's Guide.

To configure settings and perform administration tasks for a virtual server, use the Virtual Server Settings page in HTML Administration.

Open the Virtual Server Settings page
  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click SharePoint Central Administration.
  2. Under Virtual Server Configuration, click Configure virtual server settings.
  3. On the Virtual Server List page, click the name of the virtual server you want to configure.

Specifying General Settings for a Virtual Server

The Virtual Server General Settings page contains several options that apply to any sites that you create for the virtual server. When you configure a setting for a virtual server, it takes priority over settings applied on specific sites of that virtual server. For example, if you disable alert (alert: A feature that notifies a user by e-mail when there is a change to an item, document, list, or document library on the Web site.) for a virtual server, no site or subsites (subsite: A complete Web site stored in a named subdirectory of the top-level Web site. Each subsite can have administration, authoring, and browsing permissions that are independent from the top-level Web site and other subsites.) can use alerts. However, if you enable alerts on the virtual server, each top-level Web site can either enable or disable alerts for that Web site and its subsites. For more information about how each setting is treated at different levels, see the specific topic for that setting.

You can configure the following settings on the Virtual Server General Settings page:

  • Time zone to use for the virtual server

Select a time zone to use for all sites created on this virtual server.

Specify the default quota template to use. When you create a top-level Web site, you can create it using the default template or a different template. For more information about quota (quota: A value that limits the amount of storage or number of users for a Web site.), see Configuring Site Collection Quotas and Locks.

  • Person Name Smart Tag and presence settings

Enable or disable presence information for site members. For more information, see Configuring Online Presence Settings.

  • Maximum upload size

Specify the maximum file size to allow when files are uploaded to a Web site on this virtual server. The default value is 50 MB, but this can be changed to any value up to 2 GB (2047 MB), if you have applied Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 1. For more information, see Configuring large file support in Installing and Using Service Packs for Windows SharePoint Services.

  • Alert settings

Enable or disable alerts for all sites under the virtual server, and configure default settings for alerts. For more information about alerts, see Managing Alerts.

  • Web page security validation

Enable or disable security validation for Web site pages, and specify how long to wait before the validation expires for a given page.

  • Sending user names and passwords in e-mail

Specify whether user names and passwords are sent in e-mail messages to new users. This setting is used for Active Directory user account creation mode only.

  • E-mail enabled document libraries

Enable or disable e-mail-enabled document libraries (document library: A folder where a collection of files is stored and the files often use the same template. Each file in a library is associated with user-defined information that is displayed in the content listing for that library.), and specify the public folder path for e-mail attachments and how frequently to check for new attachments. For more information, see Configuring E-Mail-Enabled Document Libraries.

  • Event handlers

Enable or disable event handlers. For more information, see Binding to a Document Library Event Handler.

Specify general settings for a virtual server
  1. On the Virtual Server Settings page, under Virtual Server Management, click Virtual server general settings.
  2. In the Default Time Zone section, select the time zone to use for all sites and subsites under the virtual server.
  3. In the Default Quota Template section, select the quota template to use as a default for sites.

If there are no templates, you can create a template by using the Manage Quota Templates page. Note that when you specify a default template for the virtual server, you can still select a different template when you create a site.

  1. In the Person Name Smart Tag and Presence Settings section, select Yes or No next to Enable Person Name smart tag and Online Status for members to show that information for all sites under the virtual server.
  2. In the Maximum Upload Size section, type the maximum file size to allow.
  3. In the Alerts section, specify settings for alerts:
    • Select On or Off to enable or disable alerts for all sites under this virtual server.
    • If you choose to enable alerts, and want to limit the number of alerts that users can create, under Maximum number of alerts that a user can create, select Unlimited, or type the number of alerts to allow.
    • If you choose to enable alerts, specify the times to send immediate, daily, or weekly alerts.
  4. In the Web Page Security Validation section, specify the following settings:
    • Select On or Off to enable or disable Web Page Security Validation.
    • To set the expiration time, select After, and then type the length of time to wait before the validations expire, or select Never to keep the validations from expiring.
  5. In the Send User Name and Password in E-Mail section, select Yes or No to control this option.
  6. In the E-Mail Enabled Document Libraries section, specify the following options:
    • Next to Document libraries on this virtual server can accept e-mail attachments, select Yes or No.
    • In the Public folder server name and root path box, type the name of the Microsoft Exchange server and the path to the root folder for Exchange public folders on that server.
    • If you choose to enable e-mail attachments, specify the frequency and times to check for e-mail attachments in the public folder.
  7. In the Event Handlers section, select On or Off to enable or disable event handlers.
  8. Click OK.
Applies to:
Deployment Center 2003