Manage Web applications (Windows SharePoint Services)
Applies To: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
Topic Last Modified: 2008-01-08
Web applications enable you to isolate content. When you use multiple Web applications, separate sites and databases are created, which enables you to:
Provide separate content for anonymous and authenticated users.
Set different limits for Recycle Bin settings.
Optimize performance of the databases.
Control access and authorization at the Web application level, regardless of what permissions are granted on individual sites within the Web application.
The following tasks are part of managing Web applications:
Create or delete a Web application
Configure settings for a Web application
For information about:
Web applications and how to structure your logical architecture, see Logical architecture components (Windows SharePoint Services).
Associating a Web application with a collection of mappings between internal and external URLs, see Plan alternate access mappings (Windows SharePoint Services).
Supported authentication methods, and how to configure authentication settings, see Plan authentication methods (Windows SharePoint Services).
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