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Thursday, November 18, 2010

How to Configure Shared Service Provider and MySite

In this posting,
I will walk you through how to create Shared Services provider, how to create and configure my site, and how to correct the common – but important – issue of using the same URL for both MySite and the Default site on Port 80. If you create a different web application for MySite, you will notice that your users can only access my site using a URL with port number (kind of ugly), but more significant is the need to avoid storing SSP and MySite data on the same database. Using same content database prevents you from backing up MySite independent of the Shared Services provider database. SharePoint 2007 borrowed the idea of SSP from earlier version, but has enhanced the architecture to enable and allow scaling Shared Services across multiple web applications.

How to Create an SSP:
Step 1: Go to the Shared Services Administration page.

Step 2: In this case, we are creating two web applications – one for MySite and the other Shared Services Provider. 
Note that by default, the two are created under the same web application. I’ll recommend you use separate application pools.

  1. Create a new account for Shared Services Application Pool

Question?  " From the Manage this Farms Share Services page, where do you go to begin adding a New User?"
Follow these steps to add new users.

1. Go to SITE ACTION, then to site settings
2. Click on People and Groups UNDER Users and Permission
3. Add your new users
Please note: Members of this group have full access to all settings in the farm. They can also take ownership of any content site.
Finally, remember this is a site just like any other ones you have created. The procedure for adding and granting permissions to a user is the same.
As a side note, adding a user will grant a user access to all settings on the farm, but this does not mean the user will have access to everything under Shared Services. If you create your first shared services and name it SS1. In addition to adding a user to the farm administrators as explained above, you need to also go to the specific shared services administration page. In this case, you will go to the admin page of SS1 and here you can grant specific access to manage audiences, manager user profiles, and so on. For example, to grant a user permission to manage audiences or to manage user profiles:
1. Go to the administration page for SS1, See this path (Shared Services Administration: SharedServices1 > User Profile and Properties  )
2. Under “user profiles and my site” click on “Personalization services permission”.
3. add the New User.
4. Note that you can also configure access level for that user on this same page

2 b. Create web application for Shared Services Provider

  1. C. Now that an application has been created for SSP1, select this application for Shared Services and then create another web application for MySite. Create an account for the application pool that you plan to use for MySite Web Application

So, now you have two web applications – one for Shared Services, and the other for MySite; let’s create a third account for Shared Services Credentials

With two web applications, and the account for shared services credentials, we are ready to create Shared Services Provider:

Ok, if everything works as expected, you should have the screen below showing all shared services configured successfully

Before we reconfigure the MySite location, we need to enable self-service creation. Without enabling self service, clicking on my site will generate the following error message: “Your personal site cannot be created because Self-Service Site Creation is not enabled. Contact your site administrator for more information 
It is important to also note that you cannot configure site creation if there is no site collection at the root of the web application. Enabling site creation without a site collection at the root will generate the following error message: “Cannot enable site creation because there is no site collection at “/” on the Web application.
So, to turn on Self-service creation, you need to follow these steps:
1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration.
2. On the Central Administration home page, on the top navigation bar, click the Application Management tab.
3. On the Application Management page, under the Application Security section, click the Self-service site management link.
4. On the Self-Service Site Management page, select the web application for mysite from the Web Application drop-down list,
5. Select “On” option

Here is the issue: The default site is located at http://yourDomain,but MySite is located at http://yourDomain:5552/personal/<unserName>/default.aspx. The preferred deployment scenario is where users will browse your main site with http://yourDomain, and browse mysite usinghttp://yourDomain/personal/<unserName>/default.aspx. Notice there is no port number in the url for MySite.
To address this issue, you need to follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to the main application, that is the http://yourDomainapplication, create two managed path: one Explicit inclusion for path “MySite”; the second one a wildcard inclusion for path “personal”
Step 2: Create a new site collection using the MySite Host template. Now you should have the correct URL.

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