Friday, October 21, 2005

Description of Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Service Pack 2

Microsoft has released a service pack for Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003. This article includes information about how to obtain the service pack and about how to obtain a list of issues that the service pack fixes. Additionally, this article includes information about the issues that you may experience when you install the service pack and about how to determine whether the service pack is installed.

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SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Service Pack 2

Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Portal Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) contains significant security enhancements, in addition to stability and performance improvements. Some of the fixes included with SP2 have been previously released as separate updates. This service pack combines them into one update.

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Monday, October 17, 2005

Get Better Metrics With New Reporting Tools For SharePoint Portal Server

If you have Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server (SPS) 2003 deployed in your organization, you need some way to know how your SharePoint sites are being used and whether they are configured for efficient operation.

In this article,I will introduce you to the new Microsoft® SQL Server™ Report Pack for SPS 2003. (That’s quite a long name, so from here on I’ll just call it the Report Pack.) After reading this article you will better understand what reports are provided and how they help you better manage SPS.

Figure 1 shows the complete architecture and data flow used by the Report Pack. This architecture is intended for mid-size Web farm deployments. The Report Pack contains eight reports divided into three areas. The first area is storage. These reports provide information about the quantity and size of the various types of content stored in the SharePoint® databases.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Cascading Style Sheet Guide for Windows SharePoint Services

The list of styles below are used in OWS.CSS, the Cascading Style Sheet applied by default to all Web sites based on Windows SharePoint Services from Microsoft. The left column contains the name of the style, the middle column contains a brief description of what that style does, and the third column shows an example of how that style will be displayed on a team Web site.

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Canberra SharePoint User Group Meeting - 19th October

This is to remind you that the Canberra SharePoint User Group meeting is taking place on Wednesday, 19th October at Microsoft (Level 2 44 Sydney Avenue Barton) from 5:30pm

Please note that due to security at Microsoft, attendees arriving after 6pm will not be able to access the building.

This month, Gayan Peiris will be looking at Windows SharePoint Services “V3” support to develop collaboration and tracking applications. The presentation will also take you through the WSS “V3” support to extend the user interface.

Stephen Muller will give a presentation looking at the components and features of Windows Sharepoint Services. He will explain the uses and benefits of the various lists and libraries as well as some tips and tricks of how they may be of use to your business.

As usual, drinks and pizza are on us and we look forward to seeing everyone there!

Please let me know if you have any feedback on how we can improve the user group. Also, if you would like to present to the group on your experiences with SharePoint, just let me know. We can be contacted at or by visiting

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Microsoft and IBM Share Similar Collaboration Goals, but Follow Different Paths (Gartner)

Microsoft and IBM are looking to broaden their collaboration products; however, they are using different approaches to achieve very similar goals. Consider the long-term vision of each vendor when deciding which products to buy.


Developing a plan for integrated collaboration requires more than just an evaluation of product capabilities. Vision counts. Organizations should filter out IBM's inability to sell its own capabilities and Microsoft's focus on end-user appeal to develop these plans.


By 2009, Microsoft's collaborative vision will achieve significant, if not overwhelming, enterprise adoption (0.9 probability).

By 2007, IBM will win favor in more-complex, demanding situations, while Microsoft will prevail with customers looking for an out-of-the-box solution (0.7 probability).

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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Applications for Windows SharePoint Services

These application templates are tailored to address the needs and requirements for specific business processes or sets of tasks for organizations of any size. The applications are the first out-of-box custom scenarios for the Windows SharePoint Services platform, though they also provide a starting point for partners and developers looking to build deeper Windows SharePoint Services solutions.

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Windows SharePoint Services Administrator's Guide (includes updates for WSS Pack 2 (SP2).

Version 1.7

This version of the Administrator's Guide includes updates for Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 2 (SP2). The following topics are new:

  • What's New in Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 2
  • Allowing Web Applications to Coexist with Windows SharePoint Services
  • Preparing Front-End Web Servers for Windows SharePoint Services

Updated topics include the following:

  • Backing Up and Restoring Web Sites
  • Changing the Application Pool Identity for a Virtual Server
  • Configuring Two Virtual Servers to Host the Same Content
  • Extending Virtual Servers
  • Hardware and Software Requirements
  • Installation Considerations for Windows SharePoint Services
  • Internet Explorer Enhanced Security and Windows SharePoint Services
  • Introducing the Administration Tools for Windows SharePoint Services
  • Introducing Windows SharePoint Services
  • Managing the Configuration Database
  • Migrating from WMSDE to SQL Server
  • Remote SQL Server Deployment
  • Security Considerations for Server and Site Configurations
  • Separate Active Directory Directory Service Organization Unit Deployment
  • Server Farm Scalable Hosting Mode Deployment
  • Single Server Deployment
  • Windows SharePoint Services Security Model

This download contains information about managing Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services, including:

  • Planning
  • Deployment Scenarios
  • Installation
  • Security
  • Configuration
  • Administration
  • Backup and Migration
  • Maintenance
  • Customization
  • Troubleshooting
  • Reference

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