After you have installed Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services on your Web server (Web server: A computer that hosts Web pages and responds to requests from browsers. Also known as an HTTP server, a Web server stores files whose URLs begin with http://.) and created the configuration database (configuration database: The Microsoft SQL Server or MSDE database that contains the configuration information that applies across all servers in a deployment of Windows SharePoint Services, such as virtual server information.) for your server or server farm (server farm: A centralized grouping of network servers maintained by an enterprise or, often, an Internet service provider (ISP). A server farm provides a network with load balancing, scalability, and fault tolerance.), you can begin configuring settings for your server. You can configure settings from the SharePoint Central Administration page for your server. This page controls settings for a particular server in a server farm, and also contains links to other servers in the server farm, so that you can configure settings for those servers as well. You can also manage the list of servers in your server farm from the SharePoint Central Administration pages. To use the SharePoint Central Administration pages, you must be logged on either as a member of the Administrators group of the local server, or as a member of the SharePoint administrators group. Most of these settings can also be controlled from the command line, using the Stsadm.exe tool. For more information about the operations available with Stsadm.exe, see Command-Line Operations.
To set up Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft SQL Server 2000 you must be a member of the Administrators group on the computer running Windows SharePoint Services and on the computer running SQL Server. To use SQL Server Enterprise Manager you must be a member of the db_owner role in SQL Server. To configure Microsoft Internet Information Services, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer.
The following actions can be taken from the SharePoint Central Administration page:
- extend (extend: To apply Windows SharePoint Services to a virtual server.) or upgrade a virtual server. For more information, see Extending Virtual Servers.
- Create a site collection (site collection: A set of Web sites on a virtual server that have the same owner and share administration settings. Each site collection contains a top-level Web site and can contain one or more subsites.) or delete a 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.). For more information, see Creating Sites and Subsites.
- Link to the virtual server settings pages. For more information, see Configuring Virtual Servers.
- Set the administrative group for Windows SharePoint Services. For more information, see Windows SharePoint Services Security Model.
- Manage site owners and users. For more information, see Managing Users and Cross-Site Groups.
- Manage blocked file types. For more information, see Configuring Blocked File Extensions.
- Configure antivirus settings. For more information, see Configuring Antivirus Protection.
- Configure e-mail server settings. These settings can also be controlled at the virtual server level. For more information, see Configuring E-Mail Settings.
- Manage the list of servers in your server farm. For more information, see Managing a Server Farm Running Windows SharePoint Services.
- Set the default content databases (content database: The Microsoft SQL Server or WMSDE database that contains the content for one or more SharePoint sites.) server. For more information, see Managing Content Databases.
- Set the configuration database server. For more information, see Managing the Configuration Database.
- Specify HTML viewer settings. These settings can also be controlled at the virtual server level. For more information, see Managing HTML Viewers.
- Configure the virtual server for SharePoint Central Administration. For more information, see Changing the Application Pool Identity for the Administration Virtual Server.
- Configure full-text search. For more information, see Managing and Customizing Search.
- Configure usage analysis (usage analysis: Data collected to evaluate how a Web site is being used, such as visitor user names, number of visits to each page, and the types of Web browsers used.) processing. For more information, see Configuring Usage Analysis.
- Manage quota (quota: A value that limits the amount of storage or number of users for a Web site.) and locks. For more information, see Configuring Site Collection Quotas and Locks.
- Configure data retrieval service settings. For more information, see Configuring Data Retrieval Services.
To configure settings and perform administration tasks for a server running Windows SharePoint Services, you use the SharePoint Central Administration page in HTML Administration.
Open the SharePoint Central Administration page
- Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click SharePoint Central Administration.