A few highlights from today’s talks:
- With SharePoint 2010, we no longer have a Shared Service Provider (SSP), instead we now have service application instead. All of the applications benefit from an internal load balancing scheme (fault tolerant round robin load balancing), meaning that as long as you start a service application on more than one server, you’re better protected from failure. Oh, and yes, that goes for indexing as well!
- The Service Application framework is extensible; this means you can write your own services to be hosted by SharePoint. These will, in turn, benefit from the internal load balancing scheme mentioned above. Yes, you can also use a hardware load balancer and from what I gathered, even write your own load balancer!
- All of your Service Application management can be done from PowerShell – if you don’t know PowerShell, now is going to be a very good time to learn… If you want to have a look at the available applets, try the following in PowerShell:
this will return the list of available commandlets.
- You will be able to add delegated administrators for specific Service Applications. These delegated administrators will have their view of the Central Administration site trimmed to only those items they should see.
- Claims based auth looks very interesting, and can be extended to allow 3rd party applications to provide additional claims.
- SharePoint Designer 2010 rocks!