The managed metadata service application makes it possible to use managed metadata and share content types across site collections and web applications. A managed metadata service publishes a term store and, optionally, content types; a managed metadata connection consumes these.

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Sharing custom content types across multiple web applications

Our SharePoint 2010 instance have 3 Web Applications, lets just call them A B and C. I have the managed-metadata service pointed to web application A. The content type hub service is enable for A. ...
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Why is the TaxonomyClientService.asmx service returning escaped XML for my result?

I was able to sucessfully call the service but when I get my results back it looks like this (see the GetChildTermsInTermSetResult node): <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> ...