The purpose of a reference configurations is to enable customers to deploy proven technology solutions with a minimum of design time and implementation difficulty. A reference configuration starts with a business problem and finishes with a deployed solution that meets specified business and technical requirements.
The Portal Service on Application Server Cluster reference configuration responds to the business needs of medium-sized organizations for portal services. The reference configuration provides a basic portal service architecture that organizations can customize with their own portal content and integrate with their existing applications and content management systems. This reference configuration guide explains the basic solution architecture and describes how to implement it. Once you have successfully installed, configured, and verified a reference configuration, you can customize it to meet your specific needs.