Policy Management for User Profiles and MySite

May 28, 2007

A frequently asked question in discussion groups is “How can we hide/ unhide the links on MySite for specific users?”. “How can user profile page be customized to make some properties available to only limited users”.

The answer is policy management in Shared Services Administration.

Go to Central Admin ->Shared Services Administration->SharedServices1 ->Profile Services Policies


MOSS Multilingual site configuration

May 23, 2007

My article on MOSS multilingual features and concepts. A detailed guide on how to create multilingual websites in MOSS


Role based templates for MySites

May 14, 2007

Every job role is unique and demanding. As people work to drive business outcomes, they have to balance the complexities of interacting with multiple systems, tracking goals, and relating to surrounding processes. IT organizations have been seeking role-based solutions that can provide information workers with common interfaces to access priority information.

Role-Based Templates for SharePoint My Sites are custom templates, designed for Office SharePoint Server 2007 and the My Site functionality, and tailored to address the unique needs and requirements of specific roles within an organization.

For more details visit here

Office SharePoint Server Administration model

May 14, 2007

The administration model is very much enhanced in MOSS as compared to that in SPS 2003. We have a clear isolation of administrative tasks and multi-tier administration model. This allows delegation of different administrative tasks.The three layers of Office SharePoint Server administration model are:

  • SharePoint Central Administration
  • Shared Services Provider Administration
  • Site Collection Administration and Site Settings 

Let’s look at each of them one by one

SharePoint Central Administration 

SharePoint Central Administration comes as a web application which provides administrative features for the contextual MOSS solution. The major administrative tasks that can be performed are:

  • Managing the Server Farm Topology
  • Creating new web applications
  • Creating new site collections
  • Managing Email settings

The administrative tasks at this level are typically performed by IT administrators

Shared Services Administration  

This level of administration allows configuration and settings for different shared services and components that apply to the server farm. The services and settings that can be configured include but are not limited to:

  • Search
  •  User Profiles and audiences
  • Personal Site Settings
  • Audiences
  • Usage reports 

These tasks are normally performed by a business unit IT administrator. 

Site Collection Administration and Site Settings

The third level of administrative configuration applies to the site collections and sites in context. Most of the tasks in this level of administration can be applied to a site level and some can be applied to a site collection level. The administrative options include:

  • Creating content and list
  • Applying security to site and content
  • Changing Site Navigation
  • Changing the look and feel of site
  • Changing site columns, content types and master pages
  • Adding web parts and site features

These tasks are typically performed by a site administrator for a particular site

64 bit PDF IFilter for MOSS now available

May 12, 2007

I was searching long for 64 bit PDF IFilter for MOSS and here it comes now from a company named Foxit.
Download it here
Besides MOSS, this filter can be used for Windows Indexing Service, MSN Desktop Search, IIS, WSS, Exchange Server and SQL Server
The installation instructions are as follows
• Download PDF IFilter
• Stop all appropriate clients
• Uninstall any previous version of Foxit PDF IFilter
• Double-click the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions
• After the installation completes, start all appropriate clients
• (SharePoint only) Add PDF as a file type to be included in the content index
• Re-index your system with the appropriate clients.
Foxit has already provided the 32-bit filter for MOSS.

Vista, Office, MOSS Launch at NED

May 4, 2007

I recently was invited to NED as a speaker for the VISTA, Office, MOSS and .NET 3.0 Launch Event. The event went excellent with a lot of students attending the events and asking questions about the new features in MOSS, Office and Vista. The event was organized collectively by NED INETA user group and MSServerSide.NET user group. It all ended with goodies distributed to students.

Me speaking at Launch

NED Audience