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Question about "My Site", "Site Collection" and "Sub site"

I am a newbie to SharePoint 2007. I am trying to understand so concepts here:

I followed a sharepoint training book, and is doing some practices. I created a test Sharepoint environment. here are what I've done:

1): finished some basic post-configuration after sharepoint installation such as in/outgoing email;
2): created 2 web applications - one for SSP administration site, and one for SSP MySite site
3): created 1 sharepoint shared service provider (SSP) by using the above web apps
4): created a Site collection

Here are something I don't understand:
in step 2), what is MySite for? and what is Administration Site for?

any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Jerry Jie
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NormanMainaCommented:
MySite  is for your SharePoint users - it will be used as the template for personal sites in Sharepoint.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint-server-help/introduction-to-my-site-HA010108748.aspx
 I quote:
"My Site is a personal site that gives you a central location to manage and store your documents, content, links, and contacts. My Site serves as a point of contact for other users in your organization to find information about you and your skills and interests. Content providers can use My Site as a method of customizing the information they present to users."

Administration  site?Do you mean central Administration site?
You can use Central Administration to perform administration tasks for SharePoint Products and Technologies from a central location. Central Administration is divided into four parts: the Home page, the Operations page, the Application Management page, and the administration pages for Shared Services Providers (SSPs).
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JerryJayAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much for your reply. is "personal sites" you mentioned above same as subsite concept. the sharepoint document I am reading says: subsite cannot be created using Central Administration website, but within the top-level website

In Central Administration website, when I create a new SSP, it asks for two Web Applications in its configuration page, one called Administration site, it's not Central Administration site as you asked above.
and another one called MySite. and I don't understand why MySite is defined in SSP configuratoin page, SSP is a shared Provider, which should be a global configration.
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NormanMainaCommented:
A sub site referes to sites inside the main site.
For example you create an intranet using sharepoing and in that intranet you have a site for the Accounts department-thats a sub site.


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JerryJayAuthor Commented:
thank you, very helpful
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