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Configuring Virtual Servers

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After you have installed Microsoft and extend a virtual server, you can configure settings for the virtual server. 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" in the Windows SharePoint Services Administrator's Guide.

  • 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 to make available to users of sites on your virtual server. For more information, see "Managing Site Groups and Permissions" in the Windows SharePoint Services Administrator's Guide.

  • Web Part Page security settings

    Specify whether users can create connections between Web Parts in a Web site, and whether the Microsoft 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:

  • Manage content databases

    You can create or delete content databases, or change the capacity settings for a particular content database. For more information, see content databases.

  • Remove from the virtual server

    You can remove 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) namespace are managed by . For more information, see Managing Paths .

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

    You can create a new toplevel Web site 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 for a virtual server, no site or 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.

  • Default quota template for sites created under the 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, see "Configuring Site Quotas and Locks" in the Windows SharePoint Services Administrator's Guide.

  • 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 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, 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.

  4. 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.

  5. In the Maximum Upload Size section, type the maximum file size to allow.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. In the Send User Name and Password in E-Mail section, select Yes or No to control this option.

  9. 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.

  10. In the Event Handlers section, select On or Off to enable or disable event handlers.

  11. Click OK .

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