About virtual server configuration settings
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You can specify general settings for a virtual server on the Change Configuration Settings page in the following categories:
If you need to stop users from publishing to the Web site while you perform maintenance tasks, you can disable authoring. Note that when you disable authoring, no users can publish new information to the site. Note that users can still modify items on the pages of a SharePoint team Web site, but cannot add new pages. Be sure you notify users before you disable authoring, so they do not lose any current work.
Periodically, the server sends e-mail notification or other messages to users of your site or to you, the administrator. In this section, 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.
The speed with which a Web server responds to requests from a client depends a lot on the size of the Web site, particularly the number of pages and the other files it contains. You can improve a Web site's response time by tuning it. When you tune a Web site, SharePoint Team Services sets aside a certain amount of disk space as a cache for the Web site, based on the number of Web pages. For example, you can tune a Web site for less than 100 pages or for more than 1,000, or use the custom setting and fill in your own cache sizes. You can use the default cache settings or specify settings or specify settings for the in-memory document cache, the include file cache, the image file cache, the full-text search index size, and the maximum cached document size.
Use this section to specify which security settings to implement on a virtual server. You can track information about the authoring processes, require the use of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security for all authoring and administration actions, or specify whether or not to allow users to store executable files on your virtual server.