Book Excerpt: Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Unleashed

Companies have been talking about knowledge management and leveraging their IT investments to enhance team collaboration for years, but have had difficulty implementing effective solutions that tie together the wide range of information employees need to access. SharePoint 2003 made great inroads into filling these needs. SharePoint 2007 will make even greater strides in enabling organizations to create a practical framework to bring together information from such diverse systems as Office, Visual Studio, SQL Server, Windows Server, and other Microsoft servers. Previous editions of this book have been best-sellers.

With this release, SharePoint 2007 has gotten so big that we have split this edition of SharePoint Unleashed into two books: one for administrators (Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Unleashed) and a second one for developers (Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Development Unleashed.) The first provides comprehensive, practical coverage for administrators, including planning, implementation, migration, and administration; working with tools for end users, administrators, and managers; and building extensions for workflows, business processes, and business intelligence.

SharePoint provides a cost-effective, easy-to-implement solution for organizations interested in enhancing team collaboration, document management, and search functionality and in providing a portal to access corporate resources and intranet/extranet environments. The SharePoint 2007 family (consisting of Windows SharePoint Service 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007) build upon these features and toolsets, and introduce a staggering array of new tools and capabilities that make SharePoint 2007 an enterprise-class solution.

This new edition walks IT professionals, web site designers, SharePoint administrators, and SharePoint power users through the design, implementation, and customization process. Exciting new capabilities such as workflow, records management, web content management, business processes, and business intelligence features are covered in depth. The book provides best practices for planning the architecture, scaling to meet the organization’s needs, migrating from SharePoint 2003, and managing a server farm or multi-farm environment.

Part I: SharePoint 2007 Overview, Planning, and Implementation provides an introduction to SharePoint 2007 technologies and covers the architecture process. Details on installing SharePoint 2007 and processes for migrating from SharePoint 2003 are included.

Part II: Using SharePoint 2007 Technologies covers the core feature set of SharePoint 2007 that power users and administrators will need to master, including libraries, lists, designing and managing pages, workspaces, and sites.

Part III: Managing a SharePoint Environment provides best practices on managing and administering the SharePoint infrastructure, securing the environment, maintaining and managing the environment and databases, and backing up and restoring the SharePoint 2007 environment.

Part IV: Extending the SharePoint Environment goes into detail on the topics of configuring email-enabled content, Exchange Server integration, enabling presence information with Office Communication Server 2007, and securing remote access with ISA Server 2006. In addition, chapters are included on using SharePoint Designer 2007.

The sample chapter presented here, Chapter 10, “Using Word, Excel, and Excel Services with SharePoint 2007,” discusses working with the new Office 2007 file formats, and the updates that Office 2003 users must apply to work with or view the new document formats. It goes into detail on the options available to Word and Excel when opening Office files from a SharePoint site, and managing the documents on the server. Finally, it covers Excel Services, which let users publish views of worksheets or workbooks so others can view and interact with the documents in configurable, limited ways.

Download the sample PDF of Chapter 10, “Using Word, Excel, and Excel Services with SharePoint 2007.”

Reproduced from Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Unleashed by permission of Sams Publishing. ISBN13: 9780672329470, ISBN10: 0672329476, copyright 2007. All rights reserved.

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