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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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What Does the Shared Services Provider Mean to Me?

SSP is an additional piece of functionality made available when MOSS is installed. You won’t have an SSP when you have a WSS-only (Windows SharePoint Services) implementation because the settings controlled in the SSP are not available with WSS. The SSP groups services to allow them to be reused rather than duplicated for each Web application. The services in the SSP also span across farms. If you have http://portal.company.com and http://customers.company.com, it may not make sense to maintain two sets of user profile information and search settings. Thus, the SSP allows you to set these settings once, and both Web applications can consume from the one setting. The SSP site can be accessed through ...

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