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Using the Server Configuration Application

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Overview Overview
Working with the SCA Working with the SCA
What Tasks Cannot Be Handled By The SCA? What Tasks Cannot Be Handled By The SCA?
Launching the SCA Launching the SCA

Overview

This chapter provides an overview only of the MSCMS 2001 Server Configuration Application (SCA). For more detailed procedural information, including the initial installation or upgrading of multiple servers, refer to the MSCMS 2001 Setup Guide.

What is the Server Configuration Application?

The SCA is used to view and if necessary, change, the configuration values for the MSCMS 2001 server and the database it references. It can be used by individuals with administrator rights on the server machine who are responsible for the configuration and general maintenance of a single server or multiple connected servers (as in a server cluster or farm).

Scalability and configuration settings

MSCMS 2001 is scalable. Multiple servers can be pointing to the same database. While some configuration settings are stored in the registry, those that apply to the entire "farm" are stored in the database. Therefore, administrators can use the functionality provided by scalability to automatically update changes to database properties on all servers pointing to that database.

To provide multiple server support without degrading performance for a single server configuration, configuration properties are now separated into Web entry-point properties, local and global.

  • entry-point properties affect one entry point of a server

  • local properties affect all the entry-points to the local server

  • global properties affect all the servers that point to a particular database.

Global defaults are stored in the database and affect all servers that point to that database, unless individually overridden with a local setting.

Working with the SCA

You can do the following tasks with the SCA:

  • select the URL type. Refer to Chapter 2, "Setting up Publishing: Creating Containers for Users" in this guide for information about URL types.

  • prune containers to establish viewing rights

  • change the background cleanup settings

  • change the location and size of the disk cache

  • change the size of the memory cache

  • set multiple Web entry points

  • select or remove Windows NT domains

  • change user authentication (Windows 2000, LDAP—Site Server or Active Directory)

  • change the MSCMS 2001 System Account

  • change cookie settings

  • turn guest access on or off

  • view the product ID information entered during installation

What Tasks Cannot Be Handled By The SCA?

The following tasks cannot be done using the SCA:

  • changing to a different SQL server

  • changing to a different SQL database

These tasks are handled using the Database Configuration Application (DCA), also documented in the MSCMS 2001 Setup Guide.

Launching the SCA

After you complete a database install, the DCA automatically allows you to continue with the SCA. You can also load the SCA by typing the following URL from any machine that has network access to the server: http://<machine>/NRConfig where <machine> is the machine or domain name that corresponds to the SCA Web site. Or, from Windows, select Start>Programs>Microsoft Content Management Server>Server Configuration Application. The following screen appears from which you make tab selections.

Screen shot

If the SCA is installed on a Web site that uses a port other than 80, include the port number in the URL. For example, a port of 5114 would be: http://<machine>:5114/NRConfig. 

Note Internally, the MSCMS 2001 server stores dates and times in Greenwich mean time (GMT). However, the start dates and times you specify are always local.

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