Deploying SharePoint – STOP – and read this

Too often, there are some traps and pitfalls when installing SharePoint. Most folk would say “it’s pretty easy really !!” – and yep, you CAN do a simple “Click Next > Next > Finish” approach – and get it up and running.

But – you should really take some time to stop and PLAN the implementation, with some “analysis & design” style activities – of the environment, security, branding requirements, metadata & search, and so on.

In that case – before you begin – this white paper is a MUST read.

In fact, if you ever have, ever will, or ever considering installing SharePoint, this is a MUST read also.

Topics to consider before deploying SharePoint Products and Technologies

In this concise paper we will guide new administrators of Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 or Windows® SharePoint® Services to many of the touch points they will need to concern themselves with prior to deploying SharePoint in their environment.

The goal is to cut down on the “I didn’t even know SharePoint Server had that” reactions.

This paper will guide them through the most common issue areas when getting started with SharePoint, including server administration, governance, branding, and development.

Thanks to the folk at SharePoint 911 :

There’s a DOCX, PDF and XPS available – I’ll be printing it out, and reading on the train – for sure !


SharePoint Online – more white papers

Some more collateral and information about “cloudPoint” – that’s what I’m nick-naming the SharePoint Online offering – aka “Sharepoint in the cloud”.

Microsoft Office SharePoint Online is a collection of Web-based tools and technologies built on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 that help you store, share, and manage digital information within your company.

I’m guessing that SharePoint vNext (ie. Office-14) will also have a similar offering – with some Silverlight bits & pieces included.

These two Word doc’s cover what’s available/included in the offering – as well as some information for admin’s and developers – about how to customize and extend.

Microsoft Office SharePoint Online

This white paper describes the services and features that are included with the Standard offering of SharePoint Online.

Microsoft SharePoint Online Standard Developer Guide

This white paper describes the customization (or extensibility) capabilities that are supported with the Standard offering of SharePoint Online.

Worth a read-thru – good to see what’s in/out – and how far you can customize – not to the extent of event handlers, custom web-parts, but more along the lines of Master Pages & Page Layouts – and some branding, colours, fonts, etc via SharePoint Designer – as well as created InfoPath “forms”.

Here’s a quick blurb of what’s OUT :

In the current release of the services, the following actions are not supported:

  • Use inline code, build coded workflows, or develop Office InfoPath forms with coded business logic.
  • Deploy features, solutions, pluggable authentication providers, Web Parts, site definitions, or other modifications that require deployment and configuration on the server.
  • Modify built-in SharePoint files, web.config settings, security policy, and other elements.
  • Make configuration changes that affect the Web server or the Microsoft .NET Framework.
  • Make changes or add capabilities that require a custom database or changes to the database schema.

Not surprised really – as it’s a shared platform (no pun intended – seriously !)

I guess it’s a really good alternative to having an “extranet” – with document management hosted externally – will be available in Australia in the next few months. (watch this space !)

Introductory SharePoint Developer Modules

For those who are new to “developing” for SharePoint, there are a number of new PowerPoint presentations and demos available from Microsoft/MSDN :

…this includes the following modules:

01 – Web Parts

02 – Data Lists

03 – Event Handlers

04 – Workflow

05 – Silverlight Web Parts

06 – Page Navigation

07 – Page Branding

08 – Web Services

09 – Content Types

10 – User Authentication

Each of these contains some documentation (DOCX) – and one or more Visual Studio projects/solution – including the necessary packaging artifacts – feature.xml, manifest.xml, etc.

Will have to delve into some of these – especially the “Silverlight Web Parts” module :

(1) Hello World

(2) Slider Field Control

(3) Silverlight Data Binding

Download details: Presentations for Introductory SharePoint Dev

SharePoint training courses

Breeze Training are conducting a few SharePoint courses in Melbourne, Sydney Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra (all capital cities) in 2008 and early 2009.

Hands-on SharePoint 2007 End User Training for ‘Newbies’ (1 day workshop)

By the end of the day the new ‘End User’ is now a highly intelligent and efficient SharePoint user; building, customising and managing their own sites and would have even learnt some advanced publishing skills, where previously this would have been the role of a web designer. 

Please note: this course is not suitable for SharePoint IT Professionals, developers or designers

SharePoint Team Leader Course (1 day)

This one day course is designed for the SharePoint Team Leaders, Site Champions or ‘SharePoint Evangelists’ managing a SharePoint site using SharePoint 2007.

This course is an ideal follow-on to the End User course.

Silverlight for SharePoint (3 days)

Students will get a thorough understanding of Silverlight 2.0, its constructs and runtime environment.

Students will compliment their already existing SharePoint knowledge by learning how to enhance a WSS/MOSS environment with Silverlight 2.0.

SharePoint Web Content Management (4 days)

This intensive 4-day course takes developers through the process of building and implementing content-centric websites on the SharePoint platform using the latest release: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS).

Microsoft SharePoint (MOSS) Bootcamp

This four day, fast paced workshop is designed for IT Professionals and Developers needing effective skills transfer for the new products and technologies delivered with the next version of Microsoft Office 2007.

You will have the opportunity for ‘hands-on’ experience to Develop, Customise and Integrate solutions on the Office 2007 Platform.

Click on the title link to see the full details.  Bookings and Registrations are via a “training partner” – Dimension Data Learning Solutions (DDLS)

Hope I can attend some of the above – especially the Silverlight + SharePoint – sounds like a great course.

Some great training material – so, get on-board with SharePoint, there’s no excuses now !  

Breeze Training