Wednesday, May 24, 2006

MCMS and SharePoint migration to MOSS 2007

Via Andrew Connell:

MSDN now has a “SharePoint Server Migration Center” site:

and also via Andrew:

MCMS 2002: CMS Assessment Tool

2007 Microsoft Office System Beta 2 has liftoff

In case you haven't heard, beta 2 of the 2007 Microsoft Office System is available on the Microsoft website.

You can try out the new versions of old standby Office applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. You can also try out the new Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 suite, which includes SharePoint, Enterprise and Web Content Management (ECM/WCM), Forms Server, and Project Server.

Download the beta. Set up a virtual machine or two. Install the client and server applications. See how they work together. Send Microsoft your feedback.

And the best part, it's all free to try during the beta!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Bil puts SharePoint Forums Web Part on CodePlex

Bil released his SharePoint Forums Web Part this week, to much fanfare. He has now put the project documentation, install files, and (soon) code onto Microsoft's CodePlex. He explains why he put the Web Part project on CodePlex.

Visit the SharePoint Forums Web Part CodePlex project site.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Gates explains it all

Bill Gates opened the first ever SharePoint conference this week. He emphasized that Microsoft is moving towards a SharePoint centric view of the world. He also talked about how SQL Server will eventually become "the native underlying platform for SharePoint, Exchange, meta-directory and all Microsoft server applications with data storage needs."

The article also reiterates the fact that Microsoft Content Management Server will be killed off with the advent of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Sad but true.

Microsoft also is killing Content Management Server and folding its capabilities into SharePoint, which will be pitched to corporate users as a multitask, identity-enabled engine to host collaborative sites not just for the intranet but for the extranet and Internet as well.

I've known this day was coming, but it hurts to think about it. *sob*

Read the full article on ARNnet.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Recently Updated documents in SharePoint

UPDATE ON 11/22/2008: This was written way back when I was working with WSS 2.0/SharePoint 2003. Please see Ryan's blog post for some updates with regards to WSS 3.0/MOSS 2007.

I came across this tip a while back, and had to reconfigure one of our document libraries today because I broke it. I figured I'd put the tip here in case I forgot it again, since I can't find it again.

How to make a Recently Updated view in a SharePoint Document Library

  1. In the document library, click Modify settings and columns

  2. Under Columns, click Add a new column

  3. Add a column called "Today" as a Single line of text column.

  4. Click Add a new column again and add a column called "ViewUntil" with the following settings:

    • Type: Calculated (calculation based on other columns)

    • Formula: [Today]+7

    • Data type returned: Date and Time, Format: Date Only
    • Unclick Add to default view

  5. Delete the "Today" column that you created earlier

  6. Back on the Customize document library screen, click Create a new view

  7. Call the view "Recently Updated" or whatever you want. Choose whatever columns you wish, but make sure to include the "ViewUntil" column. Sort however you like.

    • Under Filter, select Show items only when the following is true

    • Show the items when column "ViewUntil" "is greater than or equal to" "[Today]" And "Modified" "is greater than or equal to" "5/4/2006" (replace with the date from seven days ago)

  8. Click Ok and now you have a list view that shows documents updated in the past week. It will be updated whenever a user adds or modifies a document.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Deployment for WCM in MOSS

From Tyler Butler of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server team at Microsoft:

Content Deployment
There’s been a lot of interest in learning more about the WCM feature set that has been built into MOSS and how Internet-facing sites can be built, maintained, and supported on top of MOSS. In this post, I’ll cover how a particular WCM feature called Content Deployment supports multi-farm topologies and can be used to enable authoring -> staging -> production scenarios. I’ll talk a little about previous solutions to the problem, give you an overview of the Content Deployment feature, and discuss the architecture of the feature in-depth.

This is a welcome upgrade from the Site Deployment Object from MCMS 2002. SDOs are pretty nifty in their own right, but are limited in features and impossible for non-administrators to use.

Of course, this doesn't squelch the debate of dynamic front-facing pages (a la MCMS) vs. static front-facing HTML (a la Interwoven). I'm almost certain that Site Stager will not appear in MOSS 2007/WCM, but that doesn't mean a replacement can't be created by the community.