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Sams Teach Yourself SharePoint® 2010 Development in 24 Hours by Vinu Santhakumari, Manpreet Singh, Sohail Sayed

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Introducing Service Applications

SharePoint 2007 had the concept of shared service provider or SSP, which was a single web application in which you configure various important services for SharePoint such as user profiles and search. SSPs suffered with a few limitations:

• You could not appoint administrators on a per-service-level.

• The services of an SSP could not be shared across farms, and the SSP was a concept available only in SharePoint server.

• One web application could be managed by only a single shared service provider at a given time.

This has seen a significant improvement in SharePoint 2010 in the form of the managed services concept. Each service is an individually manageable entity. This has the following advantages:

• You can ...

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