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Is there a way to store data (strings, maybe xml) in SharePoint that can be accessible to all the site collections in a web application?

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What version of SharePoint are you using? – Dave Wise Jan 15 '13 at 16:16
SharePoint Server (Standard) – Davy Jan 15 '13 at 16:25
What version? 2007? 2010? 2013? – Dave Wise Jan 15 '13 at 18:12
SharePoint 2010 – Davy Jan 16 '13 at 8:36
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Try using the PropertyBag associated with the WebApplication object.

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This is the place where to store small data. If you need a lot of data, some kind of tables, you may have to end up with creating a list somewhere, queriable from any other place. – Steve B Jan 16 '13 at 16:28

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