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As businesses attempt to maximize every employee hour, knowledge management and collaboration tools have become more popular. SharePoint Portal Server 2003 offers businesses a secure enterprise portal solution for knowledge management, document sharing, and user collaboration. Built as a hub for the Office 2003 desktop, SharePoint makes it easy for users to get information, work together, and make smarter, faster business decisions. Because the adoption of the 2001 version of the server was slow, Microsoft built the need for SharePoint into the new Office 2003 applications. For instance, using FrontPage 2003 without SharePoint Portal Server 2003 allows only 60-70% of FrontPage functionality. The power of SPS 2003 allows users to create and manage robust, easy-to-build Web sites for collaboration on documents, projects and tasks, and allows these sites to be leveraged throughout the organization. Features such as document versioning, approval workflow, document profiling, and publishing help improve information flow. Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Unleashed fills the void readers have been looking for in previous books on the topic with a complete reference written by experts with valuable experience with enterprise-level solution design and implementation.
I. SHAREPOINT OVERVIEW.1. SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Windows SharePoint Services Technology Primer.
The "Old Way" of Managing Documents. The Old Ways of Collaborating. Providing Knowledge Management and Collaboration Tools with Internet Technologies. Meeting Market Demands with SharePoint. Windows SharePoint Services and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Defined. Comparing Windows SharePoint Services and SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Basic Windows SharePoint Services Features. Integrating SharePoint 2003 with Microsoft Office Products. Scaling SharePoint Portal Server 2003 by Creating Server Farms. Single Sign-on with SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Windows SharePoint Services and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Management Tools. Summary. Best Practices.2. What's New in SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Windows SharePoint Services.
Microsoft's Evolving Collaboration and Document Management Strategy. Clarifying the New and Revised Terminology of SharePoint. Getting to Know the New and Improved Features for Administrators. Exploring the New and Improved Features for End Users. Expanding the Customization and Development Features. Summary. Best Practices.3. Understanding Organizational Uses of SharePoint Technologies.
Why Would an Organization Want to Use SharePoint? Sharing, Managing, and Finding Documents Made Easier. Finding Relevant Information. Providing Efficiencies for Meetings. Adding Value by Using Alerts. Engaging in Online Discussions. Getting Information from Users. Informing Users with Announcements and News Items. Creating Sites to Meet the Needs of the User Community. Expanding SharePoint by Integrating with Microsoft Office 2003 and Other Applications. Replacing Corporate Intranets. Hosting SharePoint Sites on the Internet. Communicating with Partners and Customers Through a SharePoint Extranet. Summary. Best Practices.
II. TRANSFORMING BUSINESS GOALS AND PROCESSES INTO A SHAREPOINT DESIGN.4. Analyzing the Business Document Management and Collaboration Goals and Expectations.
Preparing for the Discovery Process. Reviewing the Goals for the Network Environment. Reviewing Knowledge Management Processes Currently in Place. Reviewing the Collaboration Practices Currently in Place. Summary. Best Practices.5. Planning and Designing the SharePoint 2003 Infrastructure.
Preparing for the Design Process. Software Design Decisions. Making Hardware Design Decisions. Designing the Portal. Providing Secure Access to SharePoint 2003 Sites. Documenting the Design. Summary. Best Practices.6. Planning and Designing the SharePoint 2003 User Environment.
Key Components of the User Environment Design Process. Portal Design Considerations. Agreeing on Standard Top-Level Site Features. Designing the Site Groups. Filling the Management Roles. Planning for Microsoft Office Product Integration. Providing the Correct Level of Training. Documenting the Design Decisions. Summary. Best Practices.
III. INSTALLATION, CONFIGURATION, AND MANAGEMENT OF A SHAREPOINT ENVIRONMENT.7. Installing SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Windows SharePoint Services.
Laying the Foundation with Windows