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Microsoft® SharePoint® Foundation 2010 Inside Out by Penelope Coventry Errin O’Connor Troy Lanphier, Johnathan Lightfoot, Thomas Resing, and Michael Doyle

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The SharePoint Structure

Have you ever thought about the way a SharePoint site is built? In the following section, key structural pieces of a SharePoint installation are explained. SharePoint sites often grow organically—the section, Comparing a SharePoint Web Application to a Tree, later in the chapter, introduces you to the basic building blocks of a SharePoint installation’s structure. Table 2-1 lists the nine main SharePoint structural elements of interest.

Table 2-1. The Definition of Nine Main SharePoint Structural Elements

Structure element

Definition

Farm

The term farm is used in two main ways. The farm can be considered to be the physical computers and the software required to be running on them to host SharePoint. In addition, each farm’s ...

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