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Beginning SharePoint 2013 Development by Donovan Follette, Chris Johnson, Steve Fox

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SHAREPOINT CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION

Although this book is not on administration, it is worth having a high-level introduction to the topic. After you install SharePoint 2013 (Foundation or Server), a separate site collection is created for your use for performing the different administrative functions that you might do on a daily basis. This site collection is called the Central Administration site. This site collection is run as its own Web application in IIS and is separate from the site collections you create, but it is still the central point of administration for your SharePoint site. All farm server administrators can access this site, and, much like your regular SharePoint sites, you can edit and customize the Central Administration site. Figure 1-13 shows the SharePoint Central Administration site.

If you sign up for an Office 365 instance, you also have an administration site that you will certainly use. You saw this already in the exercise you walked through earlier, and in Figure 1-14 you can see a variety of site collection administration features — including BCS content type management, profile management, term store management, and search management, among others.

Within these administrative features you can manage a number of activities, ...

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