Prepare to host sites (SharePoint Server 2010)
Published: May 12, 2010
After you have installed Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and performed the initial configuration, you can begin to create SharePoint sites. Before you create a site collection, you must first create a Web application in which to create the site collection. If you want to use Kerberos authentication or claims-based authentication, you must also configure Web application authentication.
The articles in this section help you determine the hierarchy of your SharePoint sites and how to configure claims authentication and Kerberos authentication in the server farm.
SharePoint sites are hosted by Web applications, so you must create one or more Web applications before you can create any sites. This article covers how to create a Web application from the Central Administration Web site or by using Windows PowerShell 2.0.
This article describes how to configure a SharePoint Server 2010 claims-based Web application that will provide a claims-based sign-in and services infrastructure for your farm. The article also describes how to configure anonymous access for your claims-based Web application and how to configure your Web application zones for forms-based authentication or Web SSO authentication, as appropriate.
To deploy a server farm running SharePoint Server 2010 using Kerberos authentication, you must install and configure a variety of applications on your computers. This article describes an example server farm running SharePoint Server 2010 and provides guidance for deploying and configuring the farm to use Kerberos authentication to work in a SharePoint server farm.
After you have created a Web application, you can create a site collection. This article helps you create a site collection from the Central Administration Web site or by using Windows PowerShell 2.0. If you want to enable users to create their own sites, you need to configure self-service site management for the Web application.