Global Settings – Web Application

In large organizations, SharePoint administrators need to manage a large number of servers. Therefore, they need to standardize the collection of sites in each server. MOSS 2007 provides a set of global settings that administrators can use to efficiently manage the collection of sites by controlling the use of storage space by each site and the amount of time wasted in backing up the deleted data. The Web Application General Settings page contains the common global settings for a Web application.

The following table describes the global settings on the Web Application General Settings page.



Web Application

Select the Web application on the portal for which you want to configure the settings.

Default Time Zone

Select a default time zone for the virtual server. The server will then display the time according to the selected time zone irrespective of the user’s time zone.

Default Quota Template

Select the Quota template that you want to use as default template for all Site Collections. You can also define new quota templates. The default setting is No Quota.

Person Name Smart Tag and Presence Settings

Enable the Person Name Smart Tag and Online Status setting to view the online presence information about the members. This information is displayed next to member names. Users can position the pointer over a member name to view the Person Name Smart Tag. This feature is enabled by default.

Maximum Upload Size

Specify the maximum size for a single upload to any site. Users cannot upload a single file, group of files, or content that is larger than the maximum size. The default value for this setting is 50 MB.


You can specify the settings for e-mail alerts. By default, alerts are enabled with a maximum of 500 alerts per user.

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) Settings

Specify whether you want to allow RSS feeds or not on the Web application by selecting the Yes or No radio button.

Blog API Settings

Specify whether you want to allow the MetaWeblog API to run on the Web application. You can also specify whether you want to accept user name and password from the API or you want to use the default authentication method.

Web Page Security Validation

Specify the time when security validations will expire. After the expiration time, users will need to retry their operations. By default, the security validations expire after 30 minutes.

Send User Name and Password in E-Mail

Enable this setting if you want the Job Server to send user names and passwords to users through e-mail. If this setting is disabled, a new user will not be allowed to access the site until the administrator creates the user’s password and passes it to the new user. This setting is enabled by default.


This setting must be configured only if MOSS 2007 is operating in the Active Directory Account Creation mode.

Backward-Compatible Event Handlers

MOSS 2007 uses SQL for storing libraries. So, enable this feature if you want to support the Share Point Server (SPS) 2001 libraries. Otherwise, the library functionality will not work for SPS 2001 backward-compatible applications that require event handlers. By default, this option is set to Off.

Change Log

Specify the time period for which the log entries must be retained in the Change log. By default, this option is set to 15 days.

Recycle Bin

There are multiple settings available for the Recycle Bin feature. Turning off the Recycle Bin will empty all the Recycle Bins in the Web application. The second-stage Recycle Bin stores items that end users have deleted from their Recycle Bin for easier restore if needed.

If you enable the second stage Recycle Bin for a Web application, you must designate how much disk space is available to the second stage Recycle Bin as a percentage of the quota allotted to the Web application. The default amount is set to 50%

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