Prepare to host sites (SharePoint Foundation 2010)
Applies to: SharePoint Foundation 2010
Topic Last Modified: 2011-06-10
After you have installed Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 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.
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 Foundation 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.
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.