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July 15, 2007

Common Risks for Common SharePoint Projects

Several years ago I started talking about “Get Your SharePoint Project Started Right.”  There have been precious few who’ve seen this presentation in its 2007 format.  However, it seems like more and more people are hearing about one of the handouts that is a part of that presentation.  It’s a grid.  It maps different kinds of risks and which ones map to the various kinds of SharePoint projects.

Obviously, getting the whole presentation is better than just the handout – but the handout will certainly give you a starting point for getting your arms around your SharePoint project.

Here’s the handout.  Let me know what you think.

The Administrative Commands of Windows SharePoint Services

I’ve had a project that I’ve been working on for a while. Back in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services V2 and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 days it was very difficult to understand where administrative commands were.  Things have gotten a lot better with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.  However, there are many times when I’m still unclear on where commands are.

I’ve put together a PDF report (available for free) which shows all of the commands in central administration and many of the site settings commands for WSS 3.0 sites.  I find it valuable to open up and search for words that I know are in the interface but I don’t remember where.  For instance, for a long time I couldn’t remember that Alternate access mappings is on the operations tab not the Application Management tab.  The hope is that this will make it a little easier to find to find the commands you’re looking for.

Please let me know what you think – I need to decide if I should do one for MOSS.

Also, special thanks to Joe Mack who performed the technical verification on this piece for me.

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