Within the Central Administration site for SharePoint, you can navigate through a multitude of pages for the various web application settings – and farm security & feature settings.
One thing I never stopped to think is that it’s still a SharePoint “team site” – and you can use it as such.
Whenever we’re installing and configuring a SharePoint implementation for a client, there are often build documents, and configuration and installation details in DOCX or PDF format.
Also, Disaster Recovery, and other information related to SQL Server and Exchange – and Active Directory (AD) configuration for People & MySites information.
Here’s a quick tip – why not store these documents within Central Admin ?!?
- Open your SharePoint Central Admin site
- Click Site Actions > Create
- Click Document Library
- Give it a name
- …and then upload some documents !
Of course, you can go back to the Central Admin landing page, and click Site Actions > Edit Page to include new webparts.
In this screenshot, I’ve added the document library to the top-right :
… very cool, eh ?
Here’s a few other ideas to use Central Admin as a “team site” :
- Announcements list for server outages
- Contacts list for server admin, and other technicans & vendors
- Calendar for planned maintenance and outages
- Tasks lists for ‘deployment plans’
NB. There already is a tasks list on the home page for Central Admin – how many people actually look at it – or use it ??
I don’t think I have ever checked through and done ALL of the tasks listed ! *eek*