Getting started deploying your corporate portal can at first seem daunting, however, after you learn about the different levels and how the choices you make at one level affect the other levels, making the correct choices for your deployment becomes much easier. We hope this chapter answered many of your questions and will get you moving in the right direction. In summary:
From a nontechnical perspective, a Web application is the entry in IIS that determines the URL used to access SharePoint from a Web browser.
The Shared Services Provider (SSP) allows settings and services to be configured in one location and consumed by several Web applications.
A site collection is a container for administrative purposes. It’s the only level in which ...