SSP Vs Service Applications

Differences between SSP and Service Application are :

What are :

SSP : A Web application that contain all the services proived by sharepoint, and can be shared by various web applications. Some of the services are Search, Infopath,User Profiles etc.

Service Application : The Services that use to be together in SSP, now run independently as a Service Application.

Build -In :

SSP : Shared Services Provider (SSP) was only a part of Office SharePoint Server 2007.

Service Applications : The service application architecture is however, built into Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 itself.

SSP Administration Site :

SSP : They require a SSP administration site to configure the associations with web applications.

Service Application : They are running independently and can be individually associated with the one or more web applications.

Web application's Burden :

SSP : Any Web application associated with the SSP has to take the burden of all the shared services in that SSP.

Service Application : Each web application now have a "Service application group" where they can just add the Services that they need.

Replication :

SSP : The Services where configured in SSP itself and were not replicated. All web applications will use one set of srevices.

Service Application : If the service is needed to be shared between few web applications, the service is re-configured and added into each web application's custom service connection group.


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