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Setting Installation Defaults

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With Microsoft's SharePoint™ Team Services and Microsoft® FrontPage Server Extensions 2002, you can set policies for settings on your server. These policy settings (with the exception of SQL Server™ database settings) are default settings that are inherited by the virtual server or subwebs on your server. As with other configuration settings, most of these settings can also be administered in some form at the virtual server and subweb level. This means that Web site administrators can change these settings for their Web sites. A specific default setting is only inherited if the Web site administrator has not changed that setting for his or her particular Web site.

The SQL Server database settings, however, behave differently. These settings are copied into each virtual server and cannot be changed at the subweb level. Only an administrator with rights to administer the server computer can alter the SQL Server database settings. Keep in mind that because the settings are copied, if you want to make a global change to the SQL Server database, you must make the change both in the server policy and to each virtual server's SQL database settings. Note that these database settings are available only with SharePoint Team Services.

To specify default settings for your server, you use the Set Installation Defaults page (in the Server Administration pages). On this page you can set default setting for the following items:

  • Database settings (SharePoint Team Services only)

    The collaboration database is used to support the SharePoint team Web sites and the collaboration features such as Web discussions and subscriptions. Specify whether you want to use a SQL Server database or an MSDE database. To use SQL Server, you specify the server name, the database administrator user name, and the database administrator password to use for all Web sites on your server. If you want to use MSDE, select the Use local MSDE database server check box (this option is not available if SQL Server was installed before you installed SharePoint Team Services).

    Note that the SQL Server database settings are copied to the virtual server level. If you want to change the SQL Server database settings for all existing virtual servers on this server, you must change the settings here and also on the Change Database Connection page for each virtual server. Any new virtual servers will be extended with the SQL database settings from the server policy. Note that MSDE database settings are inherited by the virtual servers, not copied.

  • Web document discussions (SharePoint Team Services only)

    You can control whether users can discuss documents, and which documents they can discuss. You can also set discussion items to be automatically deleted after a certain period of time. Web site administrators can change these settings by using the Site Administration page for their Web site.

  • Web document subscriptions (SharePoint Team Services only)

    You can turn subscriptions on or off, determine whether subscriptions can be used for both folders and documents or documents only, and specify when subscription notifications are sent. Web site administrators can change these settings by using the Site Administration page for their Web site.

  • Usage analysis 

    The usage analysis features use data from your Web server log. The log is processed for each virtual server individually. You can specify whether log processing is on or off for your server (Microsoft Windows® platform only), schedule the processing for daily, weekly, or monthly intervals (Windows platform only), specify whether to automatically delete the usage data after a certain period of time, and specify whether to process the log file data for full days only. Web site administrators can change these settings by using the Site Administration page for their Web site.

  • Server health (Windows platform only)

    Server health processes are also run on a per-virtual server basis. Specify whether server health is turned on or off for your server, and specify when the server health checks will be performed. Web site administrators can change these settings by using the Site Administration page for their Web site.

  • Mail settings

    Periodically, the server sends e-mail notification or other messages to users of your site or to you, the administrator. You can specify the SMTP mail server to use for these messages. You also can type the From and Reply-to address to use for these messages, and specify which mail encoding option and character set to use in the e-mail messages. Server administrators can change these settings by using the Change Configuration Settings page (in the Virtual Server Administration pages). Web site administrators can also change the From and Reply-to addresses on the Change Web Subscription Settings page (in the Site Administration pages).

  • Security settings

    Use this section to determine which security settings to implement on all virtual servers. You can track information about the authoring processes by selecting the Log authoring actions check box. If you want all users to use Secure Sockets Layer security (SSL), you can select the Require SSL for authoring and administration check box. Finally, you can specify whether or not to allow users to store EXE files on your virtual server by selecting or clearing the Allow authors to upload executables check box. Server administrators can change these settings by using the Change Configuration Settings page (in the Virtual Server Administration pages) for a given virtual server. Site administrators are not allowed to change the security settings for their Web site.

You use the Set Installation Defaults page in the Server Administration pages to specify default configuration settings for virtual servers and subwebs on your server.

To specify default settings for all Web sites on a server

  1. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Administration, and then click Microsoft SharePoint Administrator.

  2. On the Server Administration page, click Set installation defaults.

  3. Select the settings you want to use as default settings for Web sites on the server.

  4. Click Submit.

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