Service Applications in SharePoint 2013


Service Applications

The newly released training material on SharePoint 2013 is a goldmine of information (see privious post).
The slide deck consists of no less than 50 presentations on different topics. One of those are Service Applications, which ones will be there and what has changed…?

I will give you the quick answers here:

General architecture identical as in SharePoint 2010
Numerous new enhancements in platform level
New service applications to provide more enhanced functionalities

Office Web Apps is no longer a service application
Seperated into own product

Web Analytics is no longer service application
Analyses and reporting process incorporated to search service application

Service Applications with their own DBs:
App Management Service (new)
Business Data Connectivity
Managed Metadata Service
Secure Store Service
Machine Translation Services (new)
State Service
Usage and Health Data Collection
User Profile Service Application
Word Automation Service
Access Services App databases (new) (2010 and 2013)

Deploying Service Applications
Deploying them seems to be identical to 2010, no better, no worse. If using the wizard they will all use the same app pool and same account, databases will have an ugly GUID atached to them…powershell will give you all the options to configure Service Applications as you wish, as you allready know.

Part from the changes with the removed Service Applications and the new ones, the list will be identical, all the Service Applications that we know and love, will be there…

Service applications Description
Application Management Service   (new) Is responsible for storing and providing   information concerning SP App licenses and permissions
SharePoint Translation Services   (new) Provides built-in machine   translation capabilities on the SharePoint platform
Access Services 2010 Let’s users view, edit, and   interact with Access 2010 databases in a Web browser.
Access Services Let’s users view, edit, and interact with Access 2013 databases in a Web browser.
Business Data Connectivity service Gives access to line-of-business   data systems.
Excel Services Application Let’s users view and interact   withExcel 2010 files in a Web browser.
Managed Metadata service Manages taxonomy hierarchies,   keywords and social tagging infrastructure, and publish content types across   site collections.
PerformancePoint Service Application Provides the capabilities of   PerformancePoint.
Search service Crawls content, produces index   partitions, and serves search queries.
Secure Store Service Provides single sign-on   authentication to access multiple applications or services.
State service Provides temporary storage of user   session data for SharePoint Server components.
Usage and Health Data Collection   service Collects farm wide usage and   health data, and provides the ability to view various usage and health   reports.
User Profile service Adds support for My Sites, profile   pages, social tagging and other social computing features.
Visio Graphics Service Lets users view and refresh   published Visio 2010 diagrams in a Web browser.
Word Automation Services Performs automated bulk document   conversions.
Microsoft SharePoint Foundation   Subscription Settings Service Provides multi-tenant   functionality for service applications. Tracks subscription IDs and settings   for services that are deployed in partitioned mode. Deployed through Windows   PowerShell only.
(Moved into Search)Web Analytics service Provides Web service interfaces.

Add-on/Installable Service Applications

Service application Description
Office Web Apps services Removed from SharePoint 2013, will   be its own application.
Microsoft Project Server 2010 No information, assuming it will   still be there.



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