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Question:

>> How can I copy groups and permissions across sites?

Answer:

SharePoint doesn't provide OOTB features to copy groups and permissions across groups and sites. But there are several solutions for this:

1) Copy groups with permissions with site

You can make a copy of your site and groups with permissions will be copied as well. To do this you need to export and import your site via STSADM with -includeusersecurity parameter

STSADM -o export -url <site_name> -filename <file> -includeusersecurity
STSADM -o import -url <new_site_name> -filename <file> -includeusersecurity

2) Copy permissions

DeliverPoint tool might be a right choice, because they provide Copy Permissions functionality.

3) Copy groups only

Haven't seen any tools for this

 

Question:

>>In what Situation BDC needs to be used for User Profile Import?

Answer:

BDC for User Profile import is used to get the supplementary information from others systems, not AD.

For example, your company has implemented MOSS and User Profiles are set up to import information from Active Directory using the out of the box functionality. But your company also has an HR system which stores additional information about employees in a separate database, not in the Active Directory.  You would like to enhance the User Profiles with additional information that is stored in the HR system's database (perhaps this information includes the city and state where
the employees live)

You have a couple of options.  One option is to write some code to populate the user accounts in the Active Directory with the information from the HR system and keep it in sync (this option requires custom development).  Another option is to use the Business Data Catalog and the SharePoint Search Service to query the information you want to add to User Profiles and keep it up to date.

More details how to use BDC to import User Profies is there

Monday, 25 May 2009 05:17

Q#6: How can I scale my Index Server?

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Question:

>>How can I scale my Index server?

Answer:

Unfortunately index server is not scalable  :( Everything you can do it split you search by different content, using new SSPs. See more details there http://sharepointnotes.wordpress.com/2008/02/17/adding-an-extra-index-server/

 

 

Question:

>>I converted a List view to an XSLT Data View in SP Designer and lost "Edit in Datasheet" from the Actions bar. How I can resolve this issue?

Answer:

Unfortunately, it's behavior by design. You can't edit converted to XSLT Data View in datasheet. This info has been confirmed by MS guys there.

Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:37

Q#4: How to rename the web site?

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Question:

>>I have a new installation of Sharepoint.  Before we start using it, I would like the site to be more meaningful than http://server08/site.
>>I would like to change the name so that is is something like http://mysite/site.

Answer:

There are several ways of how to rename Web Site. You can use stsadm -o renameweb command. More details are in MSDN article. But this command does't help you if you want to rename the site with the port. For example if you have http://server08:88/site and want to rename it to new name with the default port then the best way is to create the new site, and then use stsadm -o export/import to move the content between sites.

Question:

>>I want to create a Forum using MOSS2007, matching the requirement like http://forums.asp.net. Is this Possible to get the same functionality in MOSS.
>>If yes please guide me the direction I should start with.

Answer:

OOTB SharePoint forums doens't provide you desired functionality, but there are several Web Parts to extend the standard forums

  1. SharePoint Forums - free, open source, single web part that provides a more feature rich discussion board for SharePoint based sites.
  2. Enhanced Discussion Board Edition - free, open source component, which is the part of SharePoint Community Toolkit
  3. Lightning Storm Forums - commercial component designed and built to be an alternative to the Discussion Boards that come with SharePoint 2007

But these components doesn't provide the functionality forum on ASP.NET site. That portal uses "Telligent Community Server", so you can integrate this sever into SharePoint to get really powerful forums. Mode details about Telligeng and SharePoint integration is there

Question:

> I get several errors when I open the SharePoint site. How can I understand what is wrong and fix that?!

Answer:

SharePoint manage all errors in two ways: record in Windows Event Log and provides detailed trace in 12-hive LOG folder (log details are are configured via Central Admistration).

Logs are represented in plain text format and they are very detailed, so you need to use 3rd party tools that simplify filtering and search across log files. There are several tools than manage SharePoint logs, but I'd recommend two tools:

  1. Log Viewer Feature - administrative feature which provides access to logs via SharePoint Central Administration interface. The advantages is that you don't need to use any specific application and all functionality is integrated into web UI.
  2. USL Log Viewer - nice WPF application for viewing SharePoint ULS log files more easily. Supports filtering and easy viewing of data. Must-have application when you don't have access to SharePoint and support guys send you logs only. This is one of my favorite instruments.

Question:

> Due to WSS 3.0 search limitation, i cannot create multiple site collection
> for different department/team.
> Is there a way to do cross site collection searching ?

Answer:

There are couple of tools on the market, which extend the default WSS search, providing cross-site collections search feature. I’d recommend to use “Kwizcom” and “Ontolica” products that provide the best solutions for WSS search.

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