In this chapter, you learned how to manage and configure the SSP and the services it provides to associated Web applications. You also learned how to create additional SSPs and re-associate Web applications with a new SSP. For most enterprises, a single SSP is all that is required. However, you saw how a second SSP can provide isolation for Web applications and their sites but still be within the same farm environment.
You also learned how SSPs can be configured in a parent/child relationship to enable multiple farms to consume services from a single SSP, a feature known as Inter Farm Shared Services. Finally, you learned how to restore a corrupt or missing SSP by restoring the Web application and database that hosted the SSP and then restoring the connection between them.
From a planning point of view, the SSP is a key part of a successful deployment. With proper planning, you can ensure that the associated Web applications and their site collections have the right services and resources to maximize their collaborative and management capabilities from a user's perspective.