Saturday, February 4, 2012

SharePoint 2010 - Web Services Root Site

If you look at your sites in IIS Manager you will see the root site. This site provides some services for SharePoint such as the Security Token Service on SSL enabled, site search, and My Sites. SharePoint handles turning this site on or off as needed so you may see this site turned off. SharePoint does a good job of handling this in general but in some cases this site could get turned off inadvertantly and you may get and error in the SharePoint  Logs such as

Could not connect to http://localhost:32843/SecurityTokenServiceApplication/securitytoken.svc

on SSL enable sites or a message such as

"Error: The Security Token Service is not available. The Security Token Service is not issuing tokens. The service could be malfunctioning or in a bad state."

in health analysis.

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