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MOSS Explained: An Information Worker’s Deep Dive into Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 by John Ross, Nicola Young

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Understanding a Web Application

SharePoint is a Web-based tool, which means you’ll access your SharePoint sites through a Web browser, whether it’s Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or any number of other popular Web browsers, by simply plugging in the URL. Whether you are accessing a site to gather information or you are making updates and changes to the site, you’ll use the same URL in the address bar. This does not mean you can access your sites from anywhere, however. To open your SharePoint implementation to the Internet, your SharePoint administrator must take some extra steps. Because SharePoint is accessible via a Web browser, the first container of your SharePoint implementation to be discussed is the Web application. The important ...

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