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WSS 3 (Sharepoint Services)

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by drum_dude, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. drum_dude

    drum_dude Gigabyte Poster

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    Hi all,

    I'm now finding myself getting involved in Sharepoint Services in that our company does not have an Intranet. A lot of people in the company are demanding an Intranet of sorts.

    Now that the firm has a proper MS slag in it's employment, I'm now getting WSS 3 up and running. This is the first time I've done this as in previous firms I (or we) was "not allowed" to go near such technology. However, being the only IT bod here the IT world is now my oyster LOL!

    Anyways, so far so good as I've got the initial port 80 site up and running so just need to learn the ins and outs of the content creation and admin. After that, it'll be a knowledge transfer to those that will administer and create the content for the relevent depts. Obviously, the initial goal is a "basic" Intranet but I suspect in time it'll become more than that with MOSS becoming the next demand.

    Well..am quite excited and the boss bought CBT Nuggets WSS 3 for me to use and I must admit that it was money well spent as that Nugget has guided me up to this point.

    Hopefully another feather added to the old cap :biggrin

    Any experiences/thoughts on WSS would be most welcome! :p

    Ta

    D_D
     
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  2. Apexes

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    We've had sharepoint 2007 running for a while, but no bastard used it, so i thought i'd create one for my office site.

    The server was already setup, and the chaps that actually run it just gave me a sub directory for Bristol.

    Users love it!! :mrgreen: I've setup inside it, 5 different departments for the type of work they do. they're all adding to their own knowledge base, use the public calendars for their whereabouts, use the forum and update their profiles etc. tbh i think half of them see it as a social networking site but work based lol.

    Saying that, it's now enabled me to delete the hundreds of public folders on our exchange server which they were using for calendars, contacts, IT Equipment booking etc - and i've imported it all into sharepoint, and it is quite funky to have it all in one place for each team.

    Once i've got more time i'd like to delve into it a bit more and use it to it's full potential.
     
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  3. drum_dude

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    Cheers for that mate. Well the cat is out the bag now!!! They deffo want SharePoint...seems that one of the directors has caught whiff that I'm having a dabble so is quite keen to get it implemented. Some of the board directors have come from organisations that used SharePoint so I guess that's why they are pretty happy that I'm having a play with it here.

    Am quite looking forward to this panning out!
     
    Certifications: MCSA , N+, A+ ,ITIL V2, MCTS
    WIP: MCITP 2008 Ent Admin, Server Admin, Exchange 2010, Lync 2010, CCNA & VCP5
  4. Apexes

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    It's definately a useful tool, main reason for getting it going was to migrate all the data from our exchange public folders into the sharepoint, as we're upgrading to outlook 2010 soon and the company want rid of the public folders. I beleive MS are trying to phase them out, and they're crud anyway :D

    From the company's client contacts on public folders alone was 10,736 items - took me about 4 hours to import them across, but it's worth it, everything is in one place, can access it with 1 click from your favourites, and away you go. We're only running basic tasks and storing basic information on it at the moment, but i can see the benefits in the long run.

    I did do a bit more on it earlier after reading your post and it reminding me, but i've got the task of deploying windows 7 to 150 machines tomorrow, so i'm currently preparing for that unfortunately! :mrgreen:
     
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  5. LukeP

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    We are evaluating SharePoint 2010 too. So far it's slowly moving forward but it could go a little bit better.

    Our public folders are not being used that much. We only have few calendars and contacts list. Moving them was easy and I like the integration with Outlook but I don't like the fact that I'm not able to filter SharePoint contacts list by all fields without custom WebPart. The default Text Filter web part just links to one column.
    I guess you can still run a full search through Outlook but I thought feature as simple as that would be implemented by default.

    This is my first contact with SharePoint ever and to be honest I have to say that I'd prefer to have more experience and chance to shadow someone who knows what he's doing before doing a project like that on my own.

    It's not even about the technical side of things. It's more about how to implement something that will be used and will benefit the organisation.

    I do however have a great interest in this product and think it could be a great area to specialise in. It actually covers all 3 areas I'm interested in (HTML/CSS, ASP.NET+SQL, Technical support side of things) all of which I've been doing for some time now.

    Good luck with your deployment drum_dude (and your Windows deployment Apexes).
     
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    Cheers LukeP, I got some more upgrades ahead of me as it looks like all our hardware will be replaced as we're at end of lease! We're looking to go over to clustering with virtualising a lot of services i.e. email, F&P and AV. Upgrades to a native 2008 AD domain with Exchange 2010 is deffo on the cards too! We're currently on 2003 DCs with Exchange 2003.

    Also, Citrix looks like a distinct possibility as all our sites are now connected by leased lines to our site that will be upgraded to 10mbit IP Clear plus another leased line for the Internet at 10mbit too!

    Windows 7 is slowly but surely being rolled out but only with new machines...all the XP machines will go end of life. But at some point we will be looking at Citrix in an attempt to bring down desktop costs! Hell...we may even try 2008 Terminal Services first!

    MOSS 2010 will depend on how well WSS 3 does in the business but 2011 looks to be a busy year!

    Oh... and I get a new laptop in a few months time LOL
     
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  7. Apexes

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    :mrgreen:
     
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