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Professional SharePoint 2013 Administration by Todd Klindt, Steve Caravajal, Shane Young

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Chapter 10

Managing SharePoint Developer Solutions and Features

WHAT’S IN THIS CHAPTER?

  • Understanding and managing farm solutions
  • Understanding and managing sandbox solutions
  • Working with Features

WROX.COM CODE DOWNLOADS FOR THIS CHAPTER

The wrox.com code downloads for this chapter are found at www.wrox.com/remtitle.cgi?isbn=1118495810 on the Download Code tab. The code for this chapter includes the following major examples:

  • ManageSolutionsSampleProject.wsp

DEFINING SOLUTIONS AND FEATURES

All SharePoint administrators need to have an understanding of both SharePoint solutions and SharePoint Features, as administrators are ultimately responsible for installing and deploying these components to the farm. A SharePoint solution is a set of one or more components that have been created to customize and/or add functionality to the SharePoint environment. Solutions are delivered as a solution package, and this package is what is installed and deployed to the farm. A solution package contains one or more Features. A Feature is the smallest unit of functionality within a SharePoint farm, and it is the supported mechanism for adding capabilities and functionality. Although solutions and Features are typically created by a developer, administrators need to understand their main components in order to manage and support them, as well as to understand how they impact the farm. This section provides a little more detail about each of these terms before discussing them in depth later in the ...

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