Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Best Practices

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Get field-tested best practices and proven techniques for designing, deploying, operating, and optimizing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. Part of the new Best Practices series for IT professionals from Microsoft Press®, this guide is written by leading SharePoint MVPs and Microsoft SharePoint team members who’ve worked extensively with real-world deployments and customers. You’ll find out how to deploy the software, design your environment, manage content, analyze and ...

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Overview

Get field-tested best practices and proven techniques for designing, deploying, operating, and optimizing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. Part of the new Best Practices series for IT professionals from Microsoft Press®, this guide is written by leading SharePoint MVPs and Microsoft SharePoint team members who’ve worked extensively with real-world deployments and customers. You’ll find out how to deploy the software, design your environment, manage content, analyze and view data, perform disaster recovery, monitor performance, and more. You'll learn how to create SharePoint sites that help your organization collaborate, take advantage of business insights, and improve productivity—with practical insights from the experts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735625389
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Curry, MCP, MCTS, CISSP, is a Microsoft MVP for SharePoint Server, and a network architect specializing in knowledge management and collaboration technologies. He is the author of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant.

Bill English, MCTS, MVP, MCT, is an author and educator specializing in SharePoint technologies. He runs a leading training and consulting company, has written more than 10 books, and speaks at the Microsoft Office SharePoint Conference, Comdex, and other events.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments;
Introduction;
Why We Wrote This Book;
Best Practices versus Design;
Who This Book Is For?;
How This Book Is Organized;
What This Book is Not;
System Requirements;
How You Can Contact Us;
Support for This Book;
Part I: Planning and Designing;
Chapter 1: Introducing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007;
Windows SharePoint Services 3.0;
SharePoint Server 2007 Standard;
SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise;
SharePoint Server 2007 for Internet Sites;
How Can SharePoint Server Help My Organization?;
Summary;
Chapter 2: Change, Power, and Conflict;
Understanding Change in a Corporate Environment;
Understanding Power Dynamics and Change;
Understanding Specific Changes that SharePoint Introduces;
Strong Governance and Potential Conflicts;
Summary;
Chapter 3: SharePoint Server 2007 Design Life Cycle;
Overview of Frameworks that Can Be Used with SharePoint Server 2007;
Define Stakeholders;
Training;
Gathering Requirements;
Major Milestone 1: Design Phase;
Major Milestone 2: Build Readiness;
Major Milestone 3: Operational Readiness;
Operating and Supporting;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 4: Defining Business Requirements;
Requirements;
Bridging the Gap Between Business Need and Technology Solution;
Characteristics of Good Requirements;
Implementing Requirements Traceability and a Requirements Matrix;
How Many Requirements per Project?;
Using Requirements to Solve Problems;
Negotiating Service Level Agreements;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 5: SharePoint Server 2007 and Governance;
Governance Best Practices;
Getting a Technology Governance Team Started;
Create an Effective Governance Team Site;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 6: Project Plans for a SharePoint Server 2007 Deployment;
Understanding Microsoft’s SharePoint Server 2007 Deployment Plan;
The Envisioning Stage;
The Planning Stage;
Deployment, Implementation, and Configuration Management;
Post-Implementation Operations, Optimization, and Business Review;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 7: Developing an Information Architecture;
Common Goals;
Architecture Forethought;
Information Architecture Foundations;
Information Arrangement;
Information Context;
User Interface and Branding;
Usability and Acceptance;
Emergent Capability;
Information Architecture Building Blocks;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Part II: Building;
Chapter 8: Document Management;
What Is a Document?;
What Is Document Management?;
The Document Life Cycle;
Should SharePoint Replace File Servers?;
Other Best Practices Concerning Documents and Document Libraries;
Working with the SharePoint Server 2007 DoD 5015.2 Add-On Pack;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 9: Enterprise Content Management;
What Is Enterprise Content Management?;
SharePoint ECM Technologies;
SharePoint ECM Best Practices;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 10: Business Processes and Workflows;
Identifying Workflow Candidates;
Overview of Out-of-the-box Workflows;
Publishing Workflows;
Workflow Deployment Considerations;
The Other Side of the Coin: Code-free Custom Workflows;
Custom Workflow Considerations;
Workflow Deployment Options;
Workflows and Client Applications;
Security Considerations;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 11: Branding and Customization;
Overview of SharePoint Branding;
Native Support for Branding;
Branding with SharePoint Designer 2007;
Branding Using Visual Studio 2005;
Hybrid Approaches: SharePoint Designer and Visual Studio;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 12: Web Parts, Features, and Solutions Management;
Content and Infrastructure;
Developer’s Role in SharePoint;
Environments;
Web Parts;
Features;
Solutions;
Sample Web Part (Available Online);
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 13: Creating and Managing Publishing Sites;
Publishing Infrastructure and Publishing Features;
Portals and Publishing;
Leveraging Publishing Sites;
Choosing a Content Deployment Strategy;
Managing Master and Layout Pages;
Search Considerations for Public Sites;
Supporting Localization;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 14: Understanding and Implementing Microsoft Search Server 2008;
Search Server 2008 Features and Benefits;
Understanding OpenSearch Standards;
Installing Search Server 2008;
Building Federated Location Definition Files and Integrating Search Server 2008 with Live Search;
Best Practices for Implementing Search Server 2008;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Part III: Deploying;
Chapter 15: Implementing an Optimal Search and Findability Topology;
Findability: What Is It and Why Is It Important to You?;
Business Requirements and Search;
Designing Crawl and Query Topologies;
Findability Tools in SharePoint Server 2007;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 16: Leveraging Shared Services Providers;
What Shared Services Are Provided with SharePoint Server 2007?;
Intra-Farm versus Inter-Farm Shared Services;
Designing Shared Services;
Geographically Dispersed Deployments;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 17: Optimizing Information Security;
Confidentiality;
Integrity;
Authenticity;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 18: Business Intelligence and Reporting;
The Microsoft BI Big Picture;
BI Integration with SharePoint Server 2007;
Core BI Features in SharePoint and Office;
Business Data Catalog;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 19: Extending Business Intelligence;
Reporting Services;
Integrating Reporting Services with SharePoint;
Other Reporting Services Features Within SharePoint;
Security Considerations;
Creating, Publishing, and Deploying Reports to SharePoint Sites;
Distributed Server Environment Consideration;
PerformancePoint Server 2007;
Working with Dashboard Designer;
Security and Dashboard Designer;
Deploying Dashboards to SharePoint Sites;
Interacting with Dashboards Within SharePoint Sites;
Saving a Dashboard Designer Workspace;
Business Intelligence Use Case Scenarios;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 20: Intranet, Extranet, and Internet Scenarios;
Web Applications: The Foundation;
Scenarios;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Part IV: Operating;
Chapter 21: Data Protection, Recovery, and Availability;
Planning for Recovery;
Designing for High Availability;
Backup and Restore Strategies;
Recovering Content;
Recovering from Disasters;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 22: Upgrading from SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to SharePoint Server 2007;
Overview of the Four Migration Methods;
Pre-upgrade Tasks;
Upgrading Customizations;
Post-upgrade Tasks;
Upgrading Shared Services;
Combining Migration Methods;
Upgrading Between Active Directory Forests;
When to Use the Different Upgrade Methods;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 23: Capacity Planning and Performance Monitoring;
Capacity Planning;
Performance Monitoring;
Summary;
Additional Resources;
Glossary;
Appendix : About the Authors;
Principal Authors;
Co-Author;
Contributing Authors;
Content Contributors;
Appendix : Additional Resources for IT Professionals from Microsoft Press;
Windows Server;
Windows Client;
SQL Server 2005;
Exchange Server 2007;
Scripting;
Related Titles;
Appendix : More Great Resources for IT Professionals from Microsoft Press;
Administrator’s Pocket Consultant;
Administrator’s Companion;
Resource Kit;
Self-Paced Training Kit;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    BEST Book for SharePoint Architect and Administrator

    If I have to describe this book in two words then it is not `THE BEST¿ but `BEYOND BEST¿. If you are an Administrator or Architect, this book is a must have for you. Once again Ben Curry has fulfilled our expectations similar to SharePoint Administrators Pocket Consultant. My very first impression about the book was, how come Ben write 700+ pages about SharePoint best practices. Then I read the book and I was surprised with the details provided in the book. It not only tells you What to do but also sheds light on Why to do it and little bit of How to do it (this is accepted as it is not a How to do manual). If you are beginner or novice to SharePoint or looking for how to do kind of stuff or if you are a developer (like me) and are looking for development related technical details then I suggest that this book is not the one you are looking for. The book is divided in four parts: Planning and Designing Building Deploying Operating Even the first part only is well worth the price of the book. The book is full of no-nonsense tips, real life examples, scenarios and practices. This book is highly recommended during the planning and implementation phase of any SharePoint application. If you want to become a SharePoint Administrator or SharePoint Architect then you cannot miss this book. I would like to read more about SharePoint from Ben.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    A Great Teasure -

    I have read many technical books, and as I began this one I found the introductory paragraphs wordy and convoluted. Since I am very interested in learning as much as possible on the subject, I resolved to continue reading. If I had not, I would not have discovered -- a great treasure. Best Practices is written for those familiar with SharePoint and those who are just beginning. It is an easy read, but full of content and is structured to ensure a deeper understanding and knowledge of SharePoint Server 2007 and WSS 3.0. It begins with considerations that are oftentimes overlooked in most technical writings, is well organized, practical, based on real-world experiences, and presents a great ¿guide¿ for planning, installing, configuring, and maintaining a SharePoint Solution. I have studied, trained, certified, and implemented SharePoint Services 3.0 and SharePoint Server 2007 ¿ and if I could have only one reference, this is the one I would choose. The next step is to prepare training materials and labs based on the book.

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