was going to make SharePoint part of the IIS section until I started to
explore around in it and found that this new feature deserves a section of
its own. If
you want to use this feature, you have to do a little digging to find out
more about it.
SharePoint Services are built into Whistler and allow an
administrator to set up a web site that controls document management and
are a few things that I found missing from the Configure Your Server
setup wizard in Configure Your Server doesn’t tell you that you must
reboot you computer for the changes to take affect.
When you run the Configure Your Server Wizard and select the
SharePoint service, the wizard asks you how you want the server to be
this point you would specify what you wanted the home page to be for the
SharePoint home page, this doesn’t work either until after you configure
your first site manually.
Then, the option is given to you there.
If you want to configure a SharePoint Web, you have to go into the Internet Services Manager, right-click the Microsoft SharePoint Search Proxy and click Configure Server Extensions 2002 as illustrated below.
click this, a web page will appear asking you how you would like to
configure the SharePoint web site. Inside
of this page there are many options to extend SharePoint on IIS.
All information, including documents, list data, (contacts,
announcements, tasks and events) security, discussion and subscription
information are all kept inside of a database and that database must be
either on a SQL Server or the MSDE database that is installed locally when
you setup SharePoint services.
All of the SharePoint webs for the server are kept in this database and separated by tables within the database. If you want to configure the Database, click Administration in the upper left corner of the screen. This will allow you to specify which groups inside of the Database have which type of access, whether to use SQL or MSDE, what the default SMTP server and mail information will be used to send out subscription and invitation information, etc… After you create the default web site, you can create and manage users that can access it through the administrative page.
users that you give access to can be either Active Directory user accounts
or new users created specifically for SharePoint for use within web.
If they are created specifically for SharePoint, then the passwords
are stored in the SharePoint database.
Otherwise, they are kept in Active Directory and must follow
whatever restrictions you place on them.
SharePoint Web Site
default SharePoint web site can be modified through various CSS files, but
I wouldn’t suggest it unless you are an experienced web developer.
I broke it many times. If
you are logged on as an Administrator, you can edit it all you want,
through the actual page itself. You
can select which items are displayed on the home page, as well.
You can import spreadsheets into the web.
If you would like, you can also add documents and create discussion
threads for the team. This
feature is very good attempt for Microsoft to enter into the world of
document collaboration that Lotus currently has such a tight grasp on.
The Home Page can be modified by the Administrator if he or she would like different fields to appear on the Home Page. Components can be brought across simply by dragging and dropping them with the mouse in the browser window.
above is a SharePoint site customized by me.
It took six minutes.