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Microsoft® SharePoint 2010: Administrator’s Pocket Consultant by Ben Curry

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Chapter 6. Configuring Service Applications

Service applications represent the evolution of shared service providers (SSPs) from previous versions of SharePoint. Shared service providers were collections of services, such as Search, Profiles, InfoPath Forms Services, and Excel Services. In SharePoint 2007, it was difficult to configure a Web application to consume services from multiple SSPs. Web applications were really designed to consume all services from a single SSP, and this lack of flexibility was a major drawback. Service applications in SharePoint 2010 solve this problem by providing an extensible, pluggable model that ...

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