If you’ve got a member server in your SBS network (especially if that server is a beefy SQL box) it may make sense from a performance standpoint to install Windows SharePoint Services version 3 on the member server instead of directly on the SBS box. This is actually a pretty straight-forward process, but in case you’re not totally comfortable with WSS v3 yet, the procedure is documented below using a combination of a Microsoft e-book and the WSS on SBS instructions Chad came up with for SBS.
Note: This free WSS v3 e-book is NOT the whitepaper Chad mentions in his article. This is a digital book: "Deployment for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Technology". (189 pages – published May 2007)
There are two downloads on the page (the second is for an upgrade scenario). Choose the first install (1.1 MB).
Once you’ve downloaded the Deployment e-book, jump to page 23:
- Install Internet Information Server (IIS) 6.0 from the Windows Server 2003 CD 1.
- Disable "Run WWW server in IIS 5.0 isolation mode"
- Install .NET 3.0
- Enable ASP.NET v2.0.50727
- Install WSS v3
(Select Advanced Install, Select Stand-Alone server type, Choose your data location)
- Run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard.
(This may require a restart of the services IIS, SharePoint Administration Service and SharePoint Timer Service.)
- The default web site will be http://servername/default.aspx
Credentials to access the site should be in the format DOMAIN\user_name and the normal domain password.
>>This is where we switch from the Microsoft e-book to Chad Gross’ "Companyweb & SharePoint v3 – Part 4" instructions <<
- Following Chad’s original instructions in WSS v3 Part 4, starting with "(insert cheesy on hold music . . . )"
Login to the SBS server and create the new Host (A) record for http://intranet that points to the private IP address of your member server, and be sure to create the associated pointer (PRT) record.
- Follow the rest of Chad’s instructions on that page to extend the default site to http://intranet (you may have to delete the ":80" port from the URL at the bottom of the configuration page so the final URL is http://intranet and not http://intranet:80)
>> Now leaving Chad’s instructions <<
- If you refresh IIS you’ll notice that the SharePoint – 80 default site is gone. However, your old "Default Web Site" (the http://servername) is still there.
- Right-click the Default Web Site, click Properties, click the Home Directory tab, select the "A redirection to a URL" radio button, in the ‘Redirect to:’ text box type "http//intranet". Click OK.
- Right-click the Default Web Site and start it.
- Now http://servername and http://intranet should both take you to http://intranet (be sure to test it from your SBS box as well). If the link isn’t working, make sure you flushed your DNS cache in step 8 above.
- Login to your http://intranet site, click Site Actions / Site Settings / Title, description, and icon / rename your site "Intranet"
- Download and deploy your templates from the Fabulous 40 collection. Be sure to read the readme.txt enclosed in that download.
- Last, but certainly not least – BACKUP!!
Chad mentions backing up your old WSS v2 http://companyweb site in Part 3, but the stsadm for WSS v3 is located in a different position, namely:
– WSS v2 uses ..\60\bin
– WSS v3 uses ..\12\bin
The command I use to backup the WSS v3 http://intranet test site is shown below (yours will vary depending on the target location of your backup files):
Start / Run / CMD / Enter
CD C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\bin <Enter>
stsadm.exe -o backup -url http://intranet -filename "E:\WSSv3Backup\intranet_backup.dat" -overwrite <Enter>
Of course, you can use the system timer to schedule that backup daily if you like.
Once you get past getting your feet wet with WSS v3, be sure to check out the section, "Administering backup and recovery for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 technology" on TechNet (especially if you’re running SQL as your database engine) before rolling out WSS to client sites.
Does your SharePoint http://companyweb site running on SBS 2003 or R2 still show missing icons for PDF files you’ve uploaded? Tsk-tsk.
GOOD – Back in the day we used to fix this problem manually by uploading the 16×16 PDF icon, updating the XML file, and restarting IIS. Tedious, but effective.
BETTER – Then in 2004 Chad Gross [SBS-MVP] created a cool ZIP / batch file to automate the PDF insertion process for Windows SharePoint Services 2.0.
BEST – Skip forward to 2007 and Chad’s super-handy tool has gotten WAY better. The new version works with WWS 2.0 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0! Chad’s rewritten it in VBS, updated the icon to a newer PNG, and it creates an output logfile at C:\pdficon.log so you can make sure everything went smoothly. Mega sweet! Download the NEW PDF icon tool and try it out today!
I carry it on a USB drive keychain with my other must-have utilities. Getting a PDF icon to display in SharePoint has never been easier. Thanks Chad! You rock!!
Source: Chad’s Blog
Update kits for the January 2007 Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) are scheduled to start shipping today (01/19/2007). You should see yours before Jan 30.
Here’s what’s NEW in the Action Pack* this month:
(10 Licenses of each above, except for Sharepoint Server Enterprise)
And of course, we all know what’s MISSING IN ACTION:
- Microsoft Office 2003 (all flavors) – shot down
- Microsoft Windows XP Pro (full & upgrade) – shot down
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 – MIA
I’ll spare everyone a rehash of the Windows XP & Office 2003 Action Pack removal flame war – Eric Ligman’s blog has the official word on that. But, this interesting little tidbit may have slipped under your radar:
“The Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Version Software Software Offer in the Action Pack has Expired. The Microsoft OEM version software for internal use offer in the Microsoft Action Pack Subscription expired on December 31, 2006. Software for internal use is still available via the volume licensing offering included with your Action Pack Subscription. “
(Insert blank stare here…)
Source: Microsoft Partner Website
*North American version of the Microsoft Action Pack Subscription
I’ve been ‘rolling my own’ web parts for a while now like the Daily Dilbert, Local Radar, Bert&Ernie Terror Alert, Traffic Cam web parts, etc. So it’s sad for me to see the default MSNBC Web Parts that are baked in to http://companyweb get the pink slip. It’s kind of like watching Clippit die, but at least these web parts were useful.
On January 25, 2007, the following MSNBC Web Parts will no longer be offered through the online Web Part gallery for Windows SharePoint Services:
- MSNBC Business News
- MSNBC Entertainment News
- MSNBC News
- MSNBC Sports News
- MSNBC Stock News
- MSNBC Stock Quotes
- MSNBC Technology News
- MSNBC Weather
Personally, I think it’s bad form for Microsoft to nuke those and not replace them with something else that is just as easy to deploy. MS suggests using RSS feeds instead. But displaying RSS inside SharePoint 2.0 isn’t a cake walk for your average SBSer. I’ve seen more than a few installs of Smiling Goat tank.
Obviously the MSNBC parts aren’t ‘specific’ to SBS, but they are in the Online Gallery of every SBS 2003 install. That’s a LOT of broken links. Millions.
There’s currently an open thread on SharePoint University asking for alternative web parts. So, you might want to check that thread periodically or just go ahead and delete web parts from your SBS installs before they timebomb.
Register today for the:
Microsoft Across America Vista / Office 2007 Launch Event
Tuesday January 30, 2007
IMPORTANT: These events will fill up completely so be sure and choose one or two events below and SIGNUP TODAY!
Hyatt Regency Louisville
320 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Small Business Track – Vista / Office 2007 / WSS 3.0 / Accounting 2007
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
IT Pro Track – Vista & Office 2007 Deployment / Exchange 2007
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Afternoon Events Partner Track – Presenter: Ron Grattopp
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
IT Executive Track – Deployment / BitLocker / GPO / SharePoint 2007 / Dynamics
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Developer Track – Connected Applications / Office 2007 Server Platform
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
FYI – The Kentucky Small Business Server User Group (KYSBSUG) is scheduled to have a booth at the morning IT Pro Track, so be sure to stop by and say hi! 🙂
Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is now available for Windows Server 2003 in x86 and x64 versions.
*Note, per the WSS 3.0 & SBS whitepaper above:
“Some of the differences between Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 break the integration between Windows SBS and Windows SharePoint Services. For this reason, if you want to install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on a Windows SBS network, you must install it side-by-side with Windows SharePoint Services 2.0. This leaves your existing http://companyweb Web site intact, and it also creates a new Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Web site.”