Mail Enable Document Libraries for WSS 2.0

One great feature for WSS 3.0 is the e-mail enabled libraries. It can really get you using SharePoint beyond just a normal web site. But did you know that you can have e-mail-enabled document libraries using WSS 2.0? Yup, you sure can. It actually isn’t anything new for the recent version.

Here is the information on TechNet: Configuring E-Mail-Enabled Document Libraries (Windows SharePoint Services 2.0)

Solutions Using the Microsoft Office System

I recently ran across a little gem on the TechNet website: “Solutions Using the Microsoft Office System: Learn how to use the Microsoft Office system to solve your business scenarios
This page includes over 40 large Visio diagrams detailing the Microsoft Office system, over 30 of which specifically reference SharePoint as a central topic.

The topics include InfoPath and Forms integration, scenarios using SharePoint (such as a Call Center, Intranet Portal, Internet News Site, etc.), Records Management, Business Intelligence, and detailed SharePoint Server topics including:

  • Application Security
  • Backup and Restore
  • Topologies
  • Baseline Site Hierarchies
  • Customization
  • Database Administration
  • Enterprise Content Management
  • Extranet Topologies
  • Inter-Farm Shared Services
  • Search Administration
  • Shared Services

The information presented can give you a really good understanding of the functions of SharePoint Server. I am currently diving into the Backup and Restore diagram. I just wish I had a poster printer for them!

Upgrade WSS 2.0 to WSS 3.0 or SharePoint 2003 to MOSS

It would be great if we all had a detailed guide to show us the upgrade steps specific for us. A step-by-step guide is a little more complicated than you might think. Without knowing your environment, any plan anyone will give you will be at least a little generic.

However, Microsoft has done a pretty good job at providing the steps. You will need to make your decision on how you will upgrade your environment. Your choices are gradual upgrade, in-place upgrade, and database migration. Basic concept: if you have a highly-customized environment, you will have a more complicated, but not impossible, upgrade path.

Instead of rewriting what has already been said, I suggest following Joel Oleson’s advice in his post labeled Best of… Upgrade and Deployment Guides for WSS v3 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

If you follow the steps listed on Microsoft’s TechNet site, you will probably have a successful upgrade. But, you have to read it all!
I suggest start at the beginning: Upgrading to Office SharePoint Server 2007

Here are the links to the sections below the link above.

If you want to do this correctly, you will need to read the content and make an informed decision on your path to upgrade. I have done upgrades and it can be a pain. But once it is done, you will love your new environment!

Response to a SharePointU post here: http://www.sharepointu.com/forums/p/2800/8019.aspx#8019

SharePoint Backup and Restore Plan

There are several items that need to be part of your SharePoint backup/restore plan.

  • SharePoint Application Files
  • Custom Applications (such as webparts, add-on “features”, etc.)
  • IIS Info
  • Databases

If you are performing a complete, exhaustive backup of each SharePoint server, then the first two should be fine (some custom apps will need dlls, etc. on the file system), as well as some of the IIS Info (web.config for each SharePoint application, for example).

The remainder of the IIS Info can be captured via a IIS Metabase backup. Remember, changing some items within SharePoint’s Central Administration will change the IIS configuration and so this backup needs to be done on a regular basis.

If you are following best practices for backup the databases, then you should have this one covered as well.

I personally have a script that on a scheduled basis performs an stsadm backup of all my site data. I keep a “rolling” week’s worth of those backups on my server and it gets backed up using file-system backup software. Also, the backup/restore functionality provided within SharePoint’s Central Administration is a wonderful too, however it can’t be scheduled. During my latest (notice I didn’t say my only) crash, I used these backups to restore my environment.

I suggest picking up a good book that has some more detailed advice concerning the topic of backup/restore. A good book I have purchased and am looking at right now is entitled “Real World SharePoint 2007: Indispensable Experiences From 16 MOSS and WSS MVPs” by wrox press. In Chapter 3, Todd Klindt gives some good insight on backup and recovery.

Also, make sure you give a good read to the Technet article: Choose backup and recovery tools (Office SharePoint Server)

In response to SharePointU post here: http://www.sharepointu.com/forums/p/2994/8014.aspx#8014