Item-level backup/restore

One of the most asked questions concerning SharePoint is backup and
recovery. One step further is restoring individual files that users
have deleted off the site.
Here is a list of backup/restore options for individual documents:

“Add a Recycle Bin to Windows SharePoint Services for Easy Document
Recovery” from MSDN


Backup for Microsoft Office SharePoint Products and Technologies”

– from Mart
Muller’s Weblog
using .fwp files created by smigrate (I have not
tested this!)

– from Bryant
Likes’ Blog
inserting a trigger and new table into the SQL
database (Microsoft may not support you after doing this! So be

Check template used on a site (without programming)

If you would like to know what template a site is using (very useful
when you must move that site to another server; the same template will
need to be on the destination server), you can check in the content
database where that site resides.
-Open the database in SQL Enterprise Manager, and return all rows from
the ‘Webs’ table of the content database.
-Find the site using the ‘FullURL’ column; the template being used is
in the ‘WebTemplate’ column.
-You can match this number with the descriptions in the XML files
located in the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web
server extensions\60\TEMPLATE\1033\XML folder.

Copying/Moving Site Definitions

I thought it would be helpful to have the locations of the files that
makeup a site definition on a SharePoint server.
Why post this: several times, I have had to copy/move site
definitions, that I did not develop, to other servers.
Things to note:
–> c:\…\ means c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web
server extensions\60\TEMPLATE–> Each language pack uses a different folder name (i.e. 1033 = English)

Site definitions can use style sheets located here:

The style sheets can use images located here:

The site definition folder is located here:

The site definition XML file is located here:

There may be some images used by the site definition here:

what a good sharepoint subject matter expert ought to know… [ANSWERS]

I also found a post on Prince
Joel’s Weblog
with someone’s answers (I am not sure who gave the
answer). However, there are some things I disagree with, but most of
it is correct when thinking of SharePoint when it comes

what a good sharepoint subject matter expert ought to know…

I found these questions on Tim Heuer’s Weblog

What SharePoint consultants Ought to Know

Everyone who can spell SharePoint

* what is SharePoint?
* what is the difference between SharePoint Portal Server and
Windows SharePoint Services?
* what is a document library?
* what is a meeting workspace?
* what is a document workspace?
* what is a web part?

Mid-level SharePoint Consultant

* what is the difference between a document library and a form library?
* what is a web part zone?
* how is security managed in SharePoint?
* how are web parts developed?
* what is a site definition?
* what is a template?
* how do you install web parts?
* what is the difference between a site and a web?
* what are the differences between web part page gallery, site
gallery, virtual server gallery and online gallery?
* what is the GAC?
* what is a DWP?
* what is CAML?
* what are themes?
* what is presence?
* can web parts be connected? if so, how?
* what is a personal view and what is a shared view?
* what is an STP file?
* what is an FWP file?
* can you upload MP3’s to SharePoint?
* how does SharePoint support MS Outlook integration?
* how can you extend lists in SharePoint?
* explain the document versioning in SharePoint document libraries

Senior SharePoint Consultant

* where are web part resources contained?
* what are the different installation methods for deploying web
parts? and what are the pros/cons?
* what is a ghosted/unghosted page?
* how is site data stored?
* where is metadata for a web stored?
* what is an audience and describe the use?
* what are the trust levels and what is the default trust
associated with SharePoint?
* what are the two logging mechanisms for usage statistics?
* what functionality does owssup.dll provide for client side activities?
* what is the difference between a site owner and a site administrator?
* what is STSAdm and what can it be used for?
* can WSS search subsites?
* can you register alerts for users?
* are PDFs searchable?

SharePoint Architect

* what is a SharePoint farm?
* describe a large deployment
* how can you synchronize custom Active Directory attributes to SharePoint?
* if it is anticipated that our organization would need to store 1
terrabyte of documents, what is the recommended configuration and
storage requirement?
* describe the implementation of SharePoint and Project Server
* what are the BKMs for workflow and SharePoint?
* explain how you would deploy SharePoint on an extranet
* what is the BKM for maximum number of virtual servers configured
for SharePoint on a single box?
* what are the migration strategies for moving sites around?
* what are the archiving strategies?
* describe the search strategies
* can you implement forms-based authentication with SharePoint?
* describe how single sign-on works

Good info on "Ghosting"

Discussion on how opening/editing a WSS or SPS2003 site in FrontPage
2003 un-ghosts the site (places the site’s definition into the SQL
database instead of keeping the reference to the one on the server).
This can be very bad for performance!


Usage Analysis Tools in SharePoint Products and Technologies

Good TechNet article on how SharePoint uses access logs (it is
actually a chapter from the Microsoft SharePoint Products and
Technologies Resource Kit which you can find here:

Why information is kept about users deleted from site collections

You can tell if the users have been deleted from the site collection
by looking at the UserInfo table of the content database. If the value
of the tp_Deleted column is 0, then the user is active in the site
collection. Otherwise, they have been removed.

SharePoint keeps this information around because it needs it to link
to the items placed on the sites. If it removed the users completely,
the items would become orphaned.