SharePoint Terminology

Confused by Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) terminology? Here is an attempt to straighten it out.

WSS v. 3 Term

Old Term

Class

Notes

Farm

A farm is the highest-level scope for a WSS deployment.

A farm is an installation of one of more Web servers and back-end servers.

Each farm has one and only one configuration DB.

Web application

Virtual server

SPVirtualServer

A web application is an IIS web site extended with WSS.

A web application is capable of hosting many site collections.

Site collection

Site

SPSite

The administration of a site collection can be delegated to e.g. a business division, which can create as many sites as they want.

A site collection is an island in terms of security.

A site collection is stored in one specific content DB.

A site collection is the best unit of backup and restore, and moving from development to test to production.

When a site collection is created, a top-level site is always created.

Site

Web

SPWeb

Sites can be created in a hierarchical manner.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s