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Essential SharePoint 2013, Second Edition by Chris Bortlik, Susan Hanley, Scott B. Jamison

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Chapter 9. Understanding Architecture Fundamentals

No matter your role, you’ll want to understand the fundamental structure and core terminology of SharePoint 2013, since it will influence many choices you make, such as internal business ownership and total infrastructure costs. After reading this chapter, you’ll understand the difference between sites and site collections, what shared services are and how they’ve changed, and why you may need as many as 20 servers or as few as zero.

If you’re using SharePoint Online (either stand-alone or as part of the Office 365 suite), Microsoft is running the core infrastructure in the cloud. That said, you’ll still need to understand how site collections, sites, and service applications will impact your ...

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