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Microsoft Office SharePoint upgrade 2003-2007

This course concentrates on SharePoint 2007 from the perspective of users who will be assigned the role of a SharePoint Member and Site Owner. This course is aimed at a non-technical user who will view, edit and contribute content to a Windows SharePoint Services Site and administer those sites.

This course is intended for SharePoint Server Administrators, Network Administrators, Any other IT Professionals (developers, webmasters, etc.) who will be involved in projects to upgrade from SharePoint 2003 to SharePoint 2007 and need to learn more about the new functionality in SharePoint 2007. Knowlege of Windows networking and web concepts such as TCP/IP, Active Directory, DNS and IIS is required.

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SharePoint Designer 2007

Part 1 - Upgrading to SharePoint 2007:

Module 1: Introducing Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services version 3

This module presents a quick introduction to the two new products. As with previous versions, customers will have the option of deploying Windows SharePoint Services v3 as part of their Windows Server 2003 deployments, or, for an additional price, deploying the full Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) premium product. This module will explain the differences between the two products and will lay a foundation for the process of determining which is most suitable.

Module 2: Overview of Upgrade Requirements, Process and Options

This module will cover the hardware and software requirements for MOSS 2007 and WSS v3. The pros and cons of using SQL Server 2000 vs. SQL Server 2005 will be discussed along with new Microsoft technologies such as Windows Workflow Foundation that are now required for SharePoint.
Second, the module will review the overall functionality of the automated upgrade process and discuss the pros and cons of the three primary upgrade options:
In-place upgrade
Gradual upgrade of site collections
Content database migration

Module 3: Review of typical SPS 2003 and WSS v2 customizations that can impact the upgrade process

The upgrade that you will work through in class uses a Virtual PC (VPC) image that contains a highly-customized deployment of SPS 2003 and WSS v2. The goal of starting with this image is to simulate a relatively complex real-world deployment of SPS 2003 and WSS v2.
Some of the customizations and complexities that are represented in the system to be upgraded include:
Highly-customized styles, graphics and branding for SPS 2003 and WSS v2.
Sites based on custom site templates that were customized using FrontPage 2003 (unghosted pages)
Sites based on a custom site definition
Document libraries with hundreds of documents and nesting of subfolders
Custom web-parts deployed
Third-party add-ons deployed
Web part connections in use
Data view web part connected to a line of business database
Office Web Components in use to display interactive charts and graphs
Custom search scopes, content sources and Best Bets
Customized client-side JavaScript (OWS.JS)
Portal Areas and Listings in use
Audiences configured
My Sites created and populated
Site Directory populated with top-level WSS sites
Custom security applied to portal, sites, subsites and document libraries
In short, the SPS 2003 and WSS v2 sample that each student will upgrade during the course has been designed to expose as many issues as possible that are not resolved automatically by the upgrade program provided by Microsoft.

Module 4: Performing the upgrade using the gradual option

In this module each student will connect to an instance of Virtual Server 2005 on the classroom network and use that instance to upgrade the VPC image in an isolated environment. The gradual upgrade option will be used in the lab.

Module 5: Analyzing the results of the upgrade and determining issues that must be resolved

The instructor will lead an analysis and discussion of the results of the automated upgrade and point out specific problems\issues with the upgraded system.

Module 6: Strategies and techniques for resolving upgrade issues

The instructor will present strategies and techniques for resolving the issues that occur due to features and content that do not upgrade successfully or completely.

Module 7: Tour of major new features in SharePoint 2007

This module will provide an overview presentation and demos of the most important new features that have been added to SharePoint 2007. The presentation will cover:
User Interface (UI) and navigation enhancements
Document management enhancements
The new Workflow engine
Office 2007 Integration
New Web Parts
New Site-type templates
Enhancements to List technology
Web Content Management
Business Data Catalog
Search enhancements
Report Center
Records Management
Business Intelligence and Excel Server
Forms Server and InfoPath
The “Features” feature
Alternate authentication providers and Forms-based authentication

Module 8: Digging Deeper - UI Enhancements and Navigation

In SPS 2003 and WSS v2, there are many inconsistencies in the user interface. Frequently, users complain that they get “lost” while attempting to navigate from portal to sites and from sites to sites. Also, it is common for users to see menu items to which they apparently have access, but then receive an authentication challenge when they click on them.
Much work has gone into the new version to improve the user interface. In this module, you will get hands-on experience with improvements such as:
Security-trimmed menu options
Automatic breadcrumb-bar
Customizable tree-view left navigation bar
New web part selection interface

Module 9: Digging Deeper - Document Management and Office 2007 Integration

One of the major selling points for SharePoint 2003 has been the document management capabilities of document libraries and Office 2003. For many companies this has been a vast improvement over server-based file shares. However, SharePoint 2003 has also been criticized for having too many “rough edges” in its document management functionality.
SharePoint 2007 overcomes many of the previous version’s shortcomings related to document management. Some of the important new document management enhancements that you will explore in this module are:
Item-level security
Content types
Major and Minor versioning
Required Check-in, Check-out
Capturing metadata with the new Office Document Information Panel
Navigation to document libraries from within the Office programs
Offline document support using Outlook 2007

Module 10: Digging Deeper – Workflow

SPS 2003 and WSS do not include a true workflow engine. SharePoint 2007, on the other hand, incorporates all of the richness of the Windows Workflow Foundation. Furthermore, the new SharePoint Designer client application (the successor to FrontPage 2003) includes a built-in Workflow Designer. In this module, the student will gain hands-on experience with the new workflow engine and the capabilities of the Workflow Designer.

Module 11: Digging Deeper - New Web Parts

Many new and improved web parts are included in SharePoint 2007. In this module, you will gain hands-on experience with several, including:
Sites roll-up web part
Documents roll-up web part
Colleagues and memberships web part
Content Query web part
Enhanced calendar view web part

Module 12: Digging Deeper - Search

In SPS 2003 and WSS v2, in many instances the Search experience is confusing due to the fact that the two products use different indexing and search engines and different user interfaces.
In MOSS 2007 and WSS v3, both products use a common indexing and search engine and share a common user interface for search functions. This module will give you hands-on experience with the common indexing and search engine and point out the differences in features depending on which product is deployed.

Module 13: Server Farm Topology and Administration Enhancements

The administration interface for SharePoint 2007 has been completely re-designed based on feedback from customers. The time-consuming, less-than-intuitive hierarchy of administration web pages has been replaced with a more streamlined approach that is designed to make it easier for administrators to find the configuration options they are looking for.
Also, the configuration of the topology for the MOSS server farm has changed significantly with the new concept of the Shared Services Provider (SSP). First, all MOSS server farms are now required to implement at least one Shared Services Provider. Second, the Shared Services Provider no longer requires that a certain portal/site parent-child relationship be implemented along with the shared services.
You will explore these changes and improvements in SharePoint server farm administration through instructor presentation and demonstrations

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