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ASPHostDirectory SharePoint 3.0 Hosting :: Configuring Reporting Services for SharePoint 3.0 Integration

clock October 6, 2010 11:24 by author Darwin

You can configure a deployment of SQL Server Reporting Services to work with a deployment of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. You must perform configuration steps on both a report server and a deployment of the SharePoint product or technology before users can publish reporting documents to SharePoint libraries and get report viewing and management services on SharePoint sites. The configuration process establishes server connection information; therefore, it is important that you follow the steps in order.

Overview of Configuration Steps on a Report Server

To configure a report server for SharePoint integration, you must have an existing stand-alone report server or a scale-out deployment. You must perform the following tasks on the report server:

1. Create a report server database in SharePoint integrated mode.
This sets server properties on the report server and activates a new SOAP report server management endpoint that is used for integrated operations. Use the Reporting Services Configuration tool to create the database.

2. For deployments that include a SharePoint server farm, install a Windows SharePoint Services Web front-end on the report server computer. The Web front-end joins the report server computer to a SharePoint farm. Installing the Web front-end on the report server computer is only necessary if you deploy the report server and the SharePoint technology instance on separate computers.

3. For deployments that include placing the SharePoint databases on the same computer as the report server, configure the Report Server service to run under a domain account. This step is only necessary if the report server and application

About the Report Server Database

A report server database provides internal storage for one or more report server instances. A report server database can support native mode operations or SharePoint integration mode, but not both. The contents in the database are mode-specific and are not interchangeable across server modes. If you create a report server database to support SharePoint integrated mode, you cannot automatically convert or migrate the database to run with a native mode report server instance later. A report server database is used in the following ways depending on the server mode:

- When created for native mode operations, the report server database is the sole repository for persistent data used by the report server.

- When created for SharePoint integrated mode, the report server database stores server properties, report execution snapshots, report history, subscription definitions, and schedules. It stores a secondary copy of reports, report models, shared data sources, and resources to improve processing performance on the server. Primary storage for report documents is in the SharePoint content databases.

Creating a report server database for SharePoint integrated mode is an important first step in configuring the report server for SharePoint integration. You can use the Reporting Services Configuration tool to create the report server database and configure the connection to the report server. Only the report server connects to the report server database. The Windows SharePoint Services or Office SharePoint Server instance never connects to or retrieves data from the report server database.

About Report Server Scale-out Deployment and SharePoint Integrated Mode

If you are integrating a report server scale-out deployment with a SharePoint server farm, all report server instances that are part of the deployment must run in SharePoint integrated mode. You cannot have a combination of server modes in the same scale-out deployment. Furthermore, you must create a single point of entry to the scale-out deployment (that is, a URL that resolves to a virtual IP for an NLB cluster on which the report server instances are installed).

About Multiple Report Server Instances and SharePoint Integrated Mode

If you are installing multiple instances of Reporting Services on a single computer, but only configuring one of those instances for SharePoint integrated mode, be sure to do the following:

- Ensure that all instances of Reporting Services are the same version. SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (SSRS) introduces an updated version of the Reporting Services Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) provider. You cannot have SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (SSRS) and pre-SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (SSRS) versions on the same computer. Therefore, it is necessary that all report server instances run SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (SSRS) or later, even if you do not require SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (SSRS) features for all of the instances.

- If you run SQL Server 2008 Setup for each report server instance at different times, restart the WMI service after you install the second instance of SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (SSRS).

Overview of Configuration Steps on a SharePoint Server

To configure integration on the server running the SharePoint product or technology, you must do the following:

1. Download and install the Reporting Services Add-in for SharePoint Technologies.
The add-in installs program files and application pages, including pages that you open in Central Administration to set the report server URL and other integration settings. You can specify report server integration settings for a SharePoint farm or a stand-alone SharePoint Web application.

2. Activate the report server feature if you did not install the add-in on a root site collection.

3. Use SharePoint Central Administration to configure report server integration. Configuration settings include specifying a single report server URL, setting an authentication type on requests directed to the report server, granting database access permissions to the Report Server service account.

4. Optionally, in SharePoint Central Administration, you can set report server defaults that enable logging, ad hoc reporting, and limits for report history and time-out values.

SharePoint products and technologies can be deployed as a farm or as a stand-alone server. A farm contains one or more virtual servers, where each virtual server is a SharePoint Web application. A report server integrates at the farm level. From the perspective of storage integration, there can only be one report server database for a farm. You can use SharePoint Central Administration to manage integration settings for all the servers in the farm.

Each SharePoint Web application in a farm can be configured to use different authentication providers. This does not affect report server integration in any way. The report server deployment will handle requests for each server in the farm regardless of the authentication provider it uses.

Each Web application has a default top-level site. You can set permissions differently on each top-level site to vary the availability of report server items and operations across all the servers in a farm.

Service Account Configuration

A report server is implemented as a single Windows service that runs under a built-in account or a local or domain Windows user account. In SharePoint integrated mode, the service must connect to the SharePoint content databases with write and execute permissions. Because the service connects to the SharePoint content databases, the account that you use to run the service will have different requirements depending on whether remote connections are used and whether the report server URL proxy endpoint connection uses Windows integrated security or Trusted Account mode.

About SharePoint Service Account Configuration

Service account recommendations for Windows SharePoint Services and Office SharePoint Server state that for a server farm deployment you should run the application pool process as a domain user account, and not as Network Service. Although a domain user account is recommended, it is not required. However, it is important to realize that if you configure a SharePoint Web application to run as Network Service, and the report server is on a remote computer, you will encounter errors when accessing reports and report server features from a SharePoint site if the report server URL proxy endpoint connects in Trusted Account mode.

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ASPHostDirectory.com SharePoint Hosting :: How to Enable Anonymous Access in WSS 3.0

clock August 3, 2010 06:10 by author Darwin

Internet Information Services (IIS) creates the IUSR_computername account to authenticate anonymous users in response to a request for Web content. The IUSR_computername account, where computername is the name of the server that is running IIS, gives the user access to resources anonymously under the context of the IUSR account. You can reset anonymous user access to use any valid Windows account.

In a stand-alone environment, the IUSR_
computername account is on the local server. If the server is a domain controller, the IUSR_computername account is defined for the domain.

By default, anonymous access is disabled by Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 when you create a new Web application. This provides an additional layer of security because IIS rejects anonymous access requests before they can ever be processed by Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 if anonymous access is disabled.

Enable anonymous access for a zone of a Web application

1. From
Administrative Tools, open the SharePoint Central Administration Web site application.

2. On the Central Administration home page, click
Application Management.

3. On the Application Management page, in the
Application Security section, click Authentication providers.

4. On the Authentication Providers page, make sure the Web application that is listed in the
Web Application box (under Site Actions) is the one that you want to configure. If the listed Web application is not the one that you want to configure, click the drop-down arrow to the right of the Web Application drop-down list box and select Change Web Application.

5. In the
Select Web Application dialog box, click the Web application that you want to configure.

6. On the Authentication Providers page, click the zone of the Web application on which you want to enable anonymous access. The zones that are configured for the selected Web application are listed on the Authentication Providers page.

7. On the Edit Authentication page, in the
Anonymous Access section, select Enable Anonymous Access, and then click Save.

At this point, the Web application zone has been enabled for anonymous access.

Enable anonymous access for individual sites

1. Go to the site on which you want to enable anonymous access and click the
Site Actions menu.

2. On the
Site Actions menu, click Site Settings.

3. On the Site Settings page, in the
Users and Permissions section, click Advanced Permissions.

4. On the Permissions page, on the
Settings menu, click Anonymous Access. The settings for anonymous access lists three options:

-
Entire Web site   Select this option if you want to enable anonymous access for the entire Web site.
-
Lists and libraries   Select this option if you want to limit anonymous access to only the lists and libraries on your site.
-
Nothing   Select this option if you want to prevent anonymous access from being used on your site.

5. Click
OK.

At this point, your site is configured for anonymous access based on the options that you have selected.

Enable anonymous access for individual lists

1. Go to the home page of your Web site and, in the left navigation pane, click
View All Site Content

2.
Click the list on which you want to enable anonymous access.

3. On the
Settings menu, click List Settings.

4. On the Customize List page, in the
Permissions and Management section, click Permissions for this list.

5. On the Permissions page, on the
Actions menu, click Edit Permissions. A dialog box is displayed informing you that you are about to create unique permissions for this list. Click OK.

6. On the
Settings menu, click Anonymous Access.

7. Select permissions for users who have anonymous access to the list, and then click
OK.

At this point, users have anonymous access to the list you have configured. You can control whether users have anonymous access to other lists, the home page, or other pages on this site.

Hope this help!!


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- 24/7-based Support - We never fall asleep and we run a service that is opening 24/7 a year. Even everyone is on holiday during Easter or Christmast/New Year, we are always behind our desk serving our customers
- Customer Tailored Support - if you compare our hosting plans to others you will see that we are offering a much better deal in every aspect; performance, disk quotas, bandwidth allocation, databases, security, control panel features, e-mail services, real-time stats, and service
- Money Back Guarantee - ASPHostDirectory offers a ‘no questions asked’ money back guarantee with all our plans for any cancellations made within the first 30 days of ordering. Our cancellation policy is very simple - if you cancel your account within 30 days of first signing up we will provide you with a full refund
- Experts in Sharepoint Hosting
- Given the scale of our environment, we have recruited and developed some of the best talent in the hosting technology that you are using. Our team is strong because of the experience and talents of the individuals who make up ASPHostDirectory
- Daily Backup Service - We realise that your website is very important to your business and hence, we never ever forget to create a daily backup. Your database and website are backup every night into a permanent remote tape drive to ensure that they are always safe and secure. The backup is always ready and available anytime you need it
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ASPHostDirectory.com SharePoint Hosting :: How to Enable Anonymous Access in SharePoint 2007

clock August 2, 2010 06:27 by author Darwin

Follow this steps:

First, you need to enable anonymous on the IIS web site (called a Web Application in SharePoint land). This can be done by:

- Launching Internet Information Services Manager from the Start -> Administration Tools menu
- Select the web site, right click and select Properties
- Click on the Directory Security tab
- Click on Edit in the Authentication and access control section

Instead we’ll do it SharePoint style using the Central Administration section:

- First get to your portal. Then under “My Links” look for “Central Administration” and select it.
- In the Central Administration site select “Application Management” either in the Quick Launch or across the top tabs
- Select “Authentication Providers” in the “Application Security” section
- Click on the “Default” zone (or whatever zone you want to enable anonymous access for)
- Under “Anonymous Access” click the check box to enable it and click “Save”

NOTE: Make sure the “Web Application” in the menu at the top right is your portal/site and not the admin site.

You can confirm that anonymous access is enabled by going back into the IIS console and checking the Directory Security properties.

Now the second part is to enable anonymous access in the site.

- Return to your sites home page and navigate to the site settings page. In MOSS, this is under Site ActionsSite SettingsModify All Site Settings. In WSS it’s under Site ActionsSite Settings.
- Under the “Users and Permissions” section click on “Advanced permissions”
- On the “Settings” drop down menu (on the toolbar) select “Anonymous Access”
- Select the option you want anonymous users to have (full access or documents and lists only)

Now users without logging in will get whatever option you allowed them.

A couple of notes about anonymous access:

- You will need to set up the 2nd part for all sites unless you have permission inheritance turned on
- If you don’t see the “Anonymous Access” menu option in the “Settings” menu, it might not be turned on in Central Admin/IIS. You can manually navigate to “_layouts/setanon.aspx” if you want, but the options will be grayed out if it hasn’t been enabled in IIS
- You must do both setups to enable anonymous access for users, one in IIS and the other in each site

Try it!!


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- 24/7-based Support - We never fall asleep and we run a service that is opening 24/7 a year. Even everyone is on holiday during Easter or Christmast/New Year, we are always behind our desk serving our customers
- Customer Tailored Support - if you compare our hosting plans to others you will see that we are offering a much better deal in every aspect; performance, disk quotas, bandwidth allocation, databases, security, control panel features, e-mail services, real-time stats, and service
- Money Back Guarantee - ASPHostDirectory offers a ‘no questions asked’ money back guarantee with all our plans for any cancellations made within the first 30 days of ordering. Our cancellation policy is very simple - if you cancel your account within 30 days of first signing up we will provide you with a full refund
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- Given the scale of our environment, we have recruited and developed some of the best talent in the hosting technology that you are using. Our team is strong because of the experience and talents of the individuals who make up ASPHostDirectory
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ASPHostDirectory.com SharePoint Hosting :: How to Create Site Column in MOSS 2007

clock July 29, 2010 06:34 by author Darwin

Now, we will give brief explanation about how to create site column in MOSS 2007. Follow this step:

1. Click on "Site Actions" > "Site Settings".

2. Under Galleries, click "Site columns".

3. Select the desired data type of the column.

4. If you have not created a new group for the custom site columns, it is highly recommended that you do so now.

Otherwise, select "Existing Group" and pick a group.

5. In the Additional Column Settings section, select as many as additional column settings as you like. The options available in this section depend on the column type that you selected in Step 3.

6. Click "OK"

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- 99,9% Uptime Guarantee - ASPHostDirectory promises it’s customers 99.9% network uptime! We are so concerned about uptime that we set up our own company to monitor people’s uptime for them called ASPHostDirectory Uptime
- 24/7-based Support - We never fall asleep and we run a service that is opening 24/7 a year. Even everyone is on holiday during Easter or Christmast/New Year, we are always behind our desk serving our customers
- Customer Tailored Support - if you compare our hosting plans to others you will see that we are offering a much better deal in every aspect; performance, disk quotas, bandwidth allocation, databases, security, control panel features, e-mail services, real-time stats, and service
- Money Back Guarantee - ASPHostDirectory offers a ‘no questions asked’ money back guarantee with all our plans for any cancellations made within the first 30 days of ordering. Our cancellation policy is very simple - if you cancel your account within 30 days of first signing up we will provide you with a full refund
- Experts in Sharepoint Hosting
- Given the scale of our environment, we have recruited and developed some of the best talent in the hosting technology that you are using. Our team is strong because of the experience and talents of the individuals who make up ASPHostDirectory
- Daily Backup Service - We realise that your website is very important to your business and hence, we never ever forget to create a daily backup. Your database and website are backup every night into a permanent remote tape drive to ensure that they are always safe and secure. The backup is always ready and available anytime you need it
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ASPHostDirectory.com SharePoint Hosting :: Information Architecture - Why SharePoint 2007 Needs It

clock July 14, 2010 11:38 by author Darwin

SharePoint as a defining technology

SharePoint is a classic case of a technology defining our information environment. For many organizations, its deployment changes the way users interact and manage their information environment. Only a few technologies have been able to do this since IT became commonplace in the 1980s (Microsoft, of course, has done this before with the PC). 

SharePoint's raison d'être is its integration of different functional applications within one system, and the homogeneity of its approach to managing content.  These are the features, we believe, that re-define the way many people think about information. There are many systems that do specific things much better than SharePoint, but none of them do it in such an integrated and uniform fashion. In addition, because SharePoint is a consumer technology (rather than an expert technology), it solves lowest common denominator problems, rather than specialised problems. Thus, the integration and homogeneity is at the superficial user experience level, but alas not at the deeper information architecture level.

SharePoint needs an Information Architecture

Our direct and indirect experience of many SharePoint implementations has reinforced, to the point of absurdity, the belief that all information systems (the clue is in their description...) need an information architecture. We don't need to get carried away here - rigorously crafted, comprehensively detailed information architectures such as the traditional fileplan in a pure EDRMS, are a thing of the past. Similarly the newspeak of Web 2.0, folksonomies, etc. are also not appropriate because of their inherent informality and lack of rigour. The reality of developing useful, practical information architectures is actually somewhere in between - a third way.

This pragmatic view is alas much less interesting to feature writers and trend-followers, but it is much more important to users and cheque-signers!  The weakness of the two extremes - design everything upfront and try not to change it, or just get on with it and fix it up along the way - have never been more sharply brought into focus than when developing SharePoint systems.

Too little Information Architecture

We'd guess that 75% of all SharePoint implementations are done without any information architecture whatsoever. This is typically because they are just deployed by the IT department pretty much in isolation from the business's information management requirements, usually because IT want to see what SharePoint can do (it's a new toy and it will look great on their CVs), or the head of IT thinks it will quickly solve some business problems (it might - eventually). 

Often, organisations will install it because they got it for free with their Microsoft enterprise software license, so surely it must be cost effective to stick it in and use it? Without an information architecture, in all but the smallest organisation, this will at best result in a nicer looking way of doing what you already do, or at worst, produce even more information silos, less control and less usability. For example, simply replacing folders on your network with SharePoint Team sites for anybody who wants them, reproduces the chaos and lack of findabiity that you already have.

Too much Information Architecture

Of course, this situation is significantly rarer, but it does happen. Some organisations are so risk averse, that they architect too much, designing and planning for a perfection that can never be delivered, and is out of date from the second day of the project.

We have observed however, a growing trend for treating SharePoint in this way. We think the reasons for this are clear: there are now sufficient horror stories in the public domain that the late adopters see a highly prescriptive design as the solution. But too much can be as counter-productive as too little: we have merely changed the project's cost profile from low-then-high (too little IA - all the work is managing the deployment), to high-then-low (too much IA - all the work is designing the deployment).

Getting it right

The most efficient, cost-effective and user-friendly approach to designing the SharePoint environment should tread a middle path.  One needs to do enough information architecture to cover those things that need to be specified up front to define a framework upon which SharePoint can be built, without being too detailed or inflexible. This is the art of a good information architect. In SharePoint, however, there are other (frequently hidden) challenges to overcome.

Much as we'd like to design thinking only about corporate strategy, user needs and the nature of the content, information architecture can never be truly technology neutral. This is never more the case than with SharePoint and there are some fundamental reasons why:

- Extent. With the exception of the big ERP systems (SAP, Oracle etc.), there are few off-the-shelf systems with such a wide and comprehensive set of functions.

- Integration. As has already been mentioned, SharePoint is very richly integrated with all its component parts, and even with non-Microsoft technology. The sum of the parts is much more complicated than the individual parts.

- Quirks. There are many of these! This is partly a result of the two points above, but also because the product had to ship. There are many perplexing omissions in the product but, for the SharePoint product managers, that's better than taking another year to fix them.

- Inconsistency. For the information architect, this is the big one. Again, because of all the points above, there are far too many inconsistencies - in the underlying information structures, in the user access model, in the navigation systems, in the administrative and configuration interfaces, in the application of functionality across the environment, and many more areas.

A Pragmatic Approach

Despite our criticisms, SharePoint can be delivered to good effect and experience has taught me a set of useful steps when approaching design and implementation.  Many of these steps can be applied to any complex information system, but are especially apposite for SharePoint:

- Get some basic technology infrastructure set up as early as possible, but expect it to change once the business requirements are clearer. It's one less thing to worry about and, crucially, allows all the next steps to happen.

- Prototype first. Try some things out, see what it can do, experiment. This can take a while if you are new to SharePoint, so get experts to show you what SharePoint can do if you need a helping hand to start. Plan to throw the prototype away. Do not be tempted or forced to make it live. A prototype is not the same as the real thing. Use the experiences from the prototype, not the prototype itself.

- Define senior management expectations. What are they expecting the implementation to deliver, in particular what business benefits are they looking for, and how will you measure whether they've been delivered?

- Involve users as soon as possible.  It builds buy-in, increases their understanding and gives crucial feedback into what they want and how they want it. Agile, user-centred methodologies work well with SharePoint - use them.

- Don't over-customise. This is the step that I've seen most organisations get wrong. There are many ways to customise SharePoint. Some are very easy, some are very hard. Don't do the hard ones (yet). You may want that button specific to be pink, but is it really essential and are you prepared to spend development days and ongoing management to get it?

- SharePoint is for life, not just Christmas. SharePoint going live is not the end of the work. It is a complex system that is likely to sit at the heart of your organisation. It will need ongoing technology, business and information management to avoid falling into disrepair, let alone extending and improving. Look to how many people run your email, intranet and Web site - SharePoint could be as complex and important as all these systems put together.

SharePoint is here to stay

There are good and bad features in SharePoint, just as there good and bad ways to implement it. However, too little information architecture will not support sharing and findability, too much will incur unnecessary costs and time. SharePoint is not going away - we're going to have to get used to it. For the next decade, it will be as important to users as the Office suite is today. Microsoft will continue to extend and improve it, IT departments will continue to install it but, hopefully, information architects will get the best from it.

 



ASPHostDirectory.com SharePoint Hosting :: Sorting Out Site Collections - SharePoint 2007 Tutorial

clock July 8, 2010 07:15 by author Darwin

In SharePoint Portal Server 2003, whenever you went to the sites directory and clicked the Create Site link under the Actions menu, you were creating a site collection. Every site collection has a top level site where things such as site templates, list templates, and cross site groups existed.

Within a site collection, additional sites could be created that would share certain things (such as the template galleries and potentially permissions) with the top level site. In essence, the site collection was its own unique hierarchy of SharePoint sites and for the most part completely independent of other site collections. In a stand alone installation of WSS there was typically only one site collection. In SharePoint Server, there could be hundreds, which is why organizing them effectively in the Sites Directory and Areas (via listings) was very important and crucial. In fact, the primary role of SharePoint Portal Server -- aside from the additional functionality it provided in enterprise features such as search, audiences, and personal sites -- was the ability to organize the massive amounts of data that exists across multiple site collections better.

By default in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (if you are using the Corporate Intranet Portal template as your default site) when you go to the "Sites" link and click the Create site button … you are instead creating a site that is a member of the site collection your portal is in.

So instead of having a portal layer and then a large number of unique collaborative collections below -- everything now exists in a single site collection by default. This is great if, within your organization, you want to "easily" share things such as templates, site columns, content types, and navigational elements. Plus security and user management is much easier using this approach.

However some organizations will still require unique site collections since their business units are very unique and very little sharing is anticipated between groups. If that is the case, then you may instead wish to create site collections from the sites directory. To do this, you need to:

- Enable Self Service Site Creation in the Central Administration (Steps Below)
- Change the configuration settings under the Sites Directory (Steps Below)

So in essence, the new way is really much better since we no longer have to manage two completely separate levels; however if you liked the old way better and want more unique site collections for your collaborative areas, you can have that too.

Enabling Self Service Site Creation

1. Log into the Central Administration Site.
2. Click Application Management
3. Click Self-service site management
4. Select the correct Web application (that step is easy to miss) and select On for Enable Self-Service Site Creation
5. Click OK

Enable the Creation of Site Collections in Sites Directory

1. From the portal, use the Site Actions menu, select Modify All Site Settings. If you are not on top level site you will need to go to Top Level Site Settings.
2. Under site collection administration, select Site Directory Settings.
3. Select the checkbox to create new site collections from sites directory.

Conclusion

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- 24/7-based Support - We never fall asleep and we run a service that is opening 24/7 a year. Even everyone is on holiday during Easter or Christmast/New Year, we are always behind our desk serving our customers
- Customer Tailored Support - if you compare our hosting plans to others you will see that we are offering a much better deal in every aspect; performance, disk quotas, bandwidth allocation, databases, security, control panel features, e-mail services, real-time stats, and service
- Money Back Guarantee - ASPHostDirectory offers a ‘no questions asked’ money back guarantee with all our plans for any cancellations made within the first 30 days of ordering. Our cancellation policy is very simple - if you cancel your account within 30 days of first signing up we will provide you with a full refund
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- Given the scale of our environment, we have recruited and developed some of the best talent in the hosting technology that you are using. Our team is strong because of the experience and talents of the individuals who make up ASPHostDirectory
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- Easy Site Administration - With our powerful control panel, you can always administer most of your site features easily without even needing to contact for our Support Team. Additionally, you can also install more than 100 FREE applications directly via our Control  Panel in 1 minute!

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ASPHostDirectory.com SharePoint Hosting :: SharePoint Application Services for Reporting and Dashboards

clock June 19, 2010 07:20 by author Darwin

Microsoft's SharePoint technology architecture delivers a foundation of APIs and functionality that makes it easier for developers to build and deploy applications for a variety of scenarios. Workflow-enabled forms solutions, business intelligence and reporting aggregation tools, Excel-based publishing tools for Web reports, and records management tools are a few of the many functions that SharePoint supports out of the box with hooks for customization and extensibility built in. These products have been packaged into Microsoft Office SharePoint Server and are primarily delivered through SharePoint's Enterprise edition product.

One key set of functionality in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is the support for delivery of reports, particularly Excel-based reports, through the Web browser. The Report Center in SharePoint 2007 is designed to provide a solution to integrate Excel-based reports, dashboards, Key Performance Indicators (KPI) lists based on SharePoint lists, and SQL Server Analysis Services and manually entered data to develop reporting and dashboard sites that can be deployed within SharePoint and managed like other SharePoint sites.

While the SharePoint platform has delivered integration with reporting tools in the past through Web Parts for Reporting Services and a variety of Web Parts published by other business intelligence tools vendors in previous versions, SharePoint Server 2007 builds the concept of business intelligence (BI) into the core of the product with a site template for the Reports Center, the introduction of Excel Services, and integrated support for KPI dashboards. To understand how the BI features in the Report Center work, the following presents an example of publishing reports and building a dashboard with Excel-based data with an integrated KPI dashboard.

Publishing a Report

The Report Center is a site template in SharePoint that serves as an aggregation point for various reports, dashboards, and Web Parts to construct reporting solutions. To get started with the Report Center, this example starts with an Excel-based report that you can publish to the reports library. The following steps deploy the report:

1. First, create a sample Excel workbook for your report.

2. The Report Center site template includes a library for reports that will automatically render Excel workbooks through Excel Services. To upload the workbook to the Reports Library, click the Upload option to upload a single report document or multiple report documents in the Reports Library. This will launch a page that will prompt you for the location of the report file and for Version Comments. Click OK to initiate the upload.

3. Once the report document has been uploaded to the report library, you'll be prompted to provide additional metadata about the report.

4. To extend a content type to include options that are relevant to your organization or site requirements, such as defaults for the Report Category element of the Report content type, click on the Document Library Settings option from the main page of the Report Library. From the resulting Customize Reports Library page, follow the Content Type link for the Report Content Type by clicking on its link.

5. On the List Content Type: Report page, follow the link for Report Category and click the "Edit column in new window" link.

6. Add or customize choices for report category. These categories can be used to provide descriptive metadata for search, list filters in the report library, and workflows that are associated with reports. When creating your own categories, be sure to provide clear and descriptive categories that are likely to be reused.

After these steps are completed, a new report is published and can be assigned to the appropriate business category, department, or other organizational element used to categorize reports. This level of categorization and the resulting ability to effectively search for, filter on, and assign workflow actions to reports based on these categories deliver a substantial portion of the benefit to developers building their reporting applications on SharePoint Server 2007.

Now that you have a basic report published you can take a look at the functionality for dashboards and further customization of reports.

Creating Dashboards for Reports

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 delivers dashboard support for BI applications within your portal and collaboration web sites. These dashboards are supported in the Report Center and are designed to help you create reporting dashboards featuring links to reports, text-based content related to the reporting data, lists of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and data from Excel-based reports using the Excel Services Web Parts. This enables you as a developer to create reporting applications targeted at a department or specific organizational function with all of the key reporting elements required for business managers and decision makers to use when running the business.

From the Reports Center site, you can select the Dashboards link to see a library of dashboard sites. The Dashboards link takes you to a specific view of the Reports Library that you worked with earlier when publishing reports. There are several default filters applied to this library to allow you to view only the dashboard pages, reports, or other combinations of the data within the library when building your applications.

To create a new dashboard site containing Excel-based reports and a KPI list follow these steps:

1. Navigate to the dashboard view of the Reports Library within the Report Center site template. Click the New menu item and select New Dashboard Page. This launches a new page called New Dashboard where you can begin configuring the dashboard application.

2. On the New Dashboard page, select a layout for the dashboard page. The default options include a multi-column horizontal layout or two different vertical column layouts. For this example, select the two-column vertical layout. There is also an option on this page to create a KPI list automatically. Select this option to create KPI list on the new page. When naming your dashboard application, think about how your reporting users will navigate to the application and whether or not they'll need to browse the dashboard library to find their reporting content. Use descriptive terms in the dashboard page name to help the users identify with the content of the dashboard reporting data. To create the new page after configuring the dashboard options, click OK.

3. Now you should see the new dashboard page in its configuration mode. By default, you'll see a KPI Web Part and two Excel Services Web Parts where can you configure connections to Excel workbooks or data connections. To assign an existing Excel workbook in the reports library to both Web Parts, you can use the workbook published earlier in the first example on report publishing to get started. Select one of the Excel Services Web Parts on the dashboard page and click the "Click here to open the tool pane" link. This will launch the configuration menu on the right side of the screen for configuring the Excel Web Part.

There are several configuration options for connecting a workbook to the Web Part in Excel Services. To get started with this dashboard, you'll need to select the location of the workbook using the Workbook field and the number of rows and columns to display. Advanced options such as which toolbar menu commands to expose, what level of interactivity is supported — such PivotTable support, for example — filtering, and sorting can be configured for each workbook connection. In addition, the Audiences feature in SharePoint can be used to target this Excel reporting content to specific audiences based on group membership or organizational role. This enables you to create more dynamic dashboard applications that can be targeted to a large range of users with data delivery targeted towards specific organizational membership or role functions.

Another component of the new dashboard page that has been created is the KPI Web Part. The KPI Web Part is used to present manually entered data, list data, or data from other sources such as Analysis Services in a banded fashion based on rules and configuration settings. These settings can be used to identify which values are "better," which icons should be used as indicators, and what calculations might be displayed based on underlying KPI data. To configure the KPI Web Part on the dashboard page, go through the following steps:

1. Select a new KPI indicator based on an existing SharePoint list.

2. On the page for defining the KPI items, you'll need to provide a name, description, and comments about your indicator. Note that there are multiple sections of this page, and each subsequent configuration step for the KPI will occur on this same configuration page.

3. Still on the page for defining the KPI items, there is a section called Indicator Value. In this section, you need to enter the List URL for the SharePoint list.

4. Since we want to set our KPI to monitor profitability of parts, we need to configure the indicator value to be based on the price of the items in the parts list.

5. Finally, you need to configure the status icon for the KPI. This is where the "banding" occurs.

6. Green, yellow, and red indicators are defined for each band. You need to define the threshold percentage for which the green, or good, indicator should be shown and the value for which the yellow icon should be shown.

Conclusion

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ASPHostDirectory.com SharePoint Hosting :: How to Install a SharePoint Web Front-end on a Report Server Computer

clock June 16, 2010 06:44 by author Darwin

This topic explains briefly about SharePoint. In case, you are looking for SharePoint, you can always consider ASPHostDirectory and you can start from our lowest Standard Plan @5.99/month to host your SharePoint site.

If you are configuring a report server to run in SharePoint integrated mode in a SharePoint farm that consists of multiple servers, you must install the Web Front End application of a SharePoint product on the report server computer so that you can join the report server computer to the farm.

A SharePoint farm consists of multiple servers that all use the same version of the SharePoint product. For example if the server farm uses SharePoint Foundation 2010, you must install SharePoint Foundation 2010 on the report server computer.

To install the Web front end, you must be a SharePoint farm administrator. You must also know the name of the database server and the configuration database that is used by the server farm.

The following steps are required only if you are deploying a report server in a SharePoint server farm. If all server applications run on a single computer, installing the Web front end on the report server is not required.

After you install the Web front end and join the report server computer to the farm, you can use SharePoint Central Administration to turn off the web application service if you do not require it.

To install the Web front end

1. On the server that runs Reporting Services, run Setup for the SharePoint product used for the farm.

2. On Installation Types, click Advanced.

3. On Server Type, select Web Front End.

4. The Data Location tab specifies file location for search index files. On Data Location, use the default value or choose a computer that has excess disk space.

5. Click Install Now.

After Setup is finished, you must configure the Web front end to join it to the server farm.

To configure the Web front end

1. Run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard to join the Web front end to the remote SharePoint farm. The SharePoint Product and Technology Configuration Wizard should start after Setup is finished. If it does not, start it from Administrative Tools.

2. Click Next on the Welcome screen.

3. Click Yes to restart the services if required.

4. In the Connect to a Server Farm page, select Yes to connect to an existing server farm. Click Next.

5. In the Specify Configuration Database Settings page, specify the SQL Server Database Engine instance that hosts the configuration database. If you do not know the name of the configuration database, click Retrieve Database Names and then select the configuration database.

6. Enter a user name and password that the Web front end will use to connect to the configuration database. Click Next.

7. In the Completing the SharePoint Products and Technologies Wizard page, click Advanced Settings.

8. In Advanced Settings, verify that Do not use this machine to host the Web site is selected.

9. Click OK, click Next, and then finish the Wizard.

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ASPHostDirectory.com SharePoint Hosting :: Extend SharePoint 2010 With Product Lifecycle Management Tools

clock June 16, 2010 06:32 by author Darwin

As one of the companies that was originally invited to take part in the Microsoft Technology Adoption Program for SharePoint 2010, the company has been looking at ways of extending its own reach with SharePoint extensions. As a result it has released new solutions linking Windchill — its flagship PLM product — and SharePoint.

Windchill is content and process management software that enables companies to streamline the development of products with a specific focus on ‘time-to-market’. Targeting the industrial, hi-tech, defense and medical device industries amongst others, PTC provides collaborative software that enables global enterprises to communicate and work across different geographies.

And Windchill is a core element of its software stable. As process management software it gives users the ability to share content and collaborate on it through a simple web browser. Some of its features include:

- Content and product information stored in single location
- Cross-enterprise production outlines and collaboration possibilities
- Lifecycle process support with automation of repetitive task

SharePoint 2010 and PTC

With the new SharePoint 2010 extensions, the ability to collaborate and speed up those processes will improve both Windchill and SharePoint 2010’s capabilities. There are four different new solutions in all.

Windchill PPMLink

With configurable stage and gate processes along with scorecards that aggregate project management measurements, PPM Link extends SharePoint 2010’s project management capabilities. It also includes product-related metrics that give users better insight into product performance.

Windchill Web Parts

Web parts give a single view from SharePoint 2010 of all product-related information as well enable users to search and view data and content from other applications including enterprise resource planning and finance applications. It also extends the assignment and executive reporting features.

Windchill SocialLink

With SocialLink, PTC has extended Windchill by adding SharePoint 2010’s social computing abilities. This means that users of any of PTC’s products will be able to use SharePoint 2010 content tagging and filtering. Activity feeds will share necessary information to all the different product communities, and even to external communities that are linked by their interest in a particular product on development. Features here include:

- Intelligent extraction and sharing of content on aspects of product development to relevant communities
- Expertise identification by constant profile updates based on Windchill use
- Easy access to all PTC solutions through a familiar, user-friendly tool bar

Windchill ProductPoint

Comes with CAD vaulting, sharing and visualization as well as data reuse and mark-up while new data loading tools enable migration of content from PTC’s engineering data management solution Pro/INTRALINK 3.x into Windchill.

These are the first PLM solutions built around SharePoint 2010 with PTC citing one of the principal advantages as the ability of all level of product developers to work and collaborate in a familiar environment.

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- 24/7-based Support - We never fall asleep and we run a service that is opening 24/7 a year. Even everyone is on holiday during Easter or Christmast/New Year, we are always behind our desk serving our customers
- Customer Tailored Support - if you compare our hosting plans to others you will see that we are offering a much better deal in every aspect; performance, disk quotas, bandwidth allocation, databases, security, control panel features, e-mail services, real-time stats, and service
- Money Back Guarantee - ASPHostDirectory offers a ‘no questions asked’ money back guarantee with all our plans for any cancellations made within the first 30 days of ordering. Our cancellation policy is very simple - if you cancel your account within 30 days of first signing up we will provide you with a full refund
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ASPHostDirectory.com SharePoint Hosting :: Riding the SharePoint 2010 Product Wave

clock June 15, 2010 08:46 by author Darwin

Microsoft’s SharePoint “wave” promises to swell to epic proportions as enterprises begin to recover from the economic downturn. The myriad new features, new products, and new messaging offer a lot for any IT pro or developer to interpret and digest. Let’s take a look at what Microsoft SharePoint 2010 has to offer and try to make sense of it all.

Enterprise Edition

The king of SharePoint SKUs is SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition and the corresponding Enterprise CAL. The Enterprise edition enables the full capabilities of SharePoint Server for intranet usage. It gives you full interoperability with line-of-business (LOB) applications through Business Connectivity Services (BCS) and the Business Data Connector (BDC), and the ability to use that external data along with SharePoint data to deliver business intelligence solutions through Excel Services and PerformancePoint Services (PPS). The latter service application represents the unification of PerformancePoint Server 2007 with SharePoint 2010. Through PPS you can establish enterprise-level BI using advanced analytics, business intelligence scorecards, dashboards, dashboards, and key performance indicators (KPIs).

The Enterprise edition also delivers the new Visio Services, which can render Visio diagrams to users in a web browser, much like Excel Services renders Excel worksheets. And Visio can retrieve data from a back-end data source, so you could have a diagram of your supply chain with up-to-date information about the supply chain displayed inline in the diagram. Visio diagrams can also be rendered in web parts that integrate with other web parts. Imagine a Visio diagram of your network that pulls data from back-end monitoring tools. The diagram is rendered on a SharePoint page in a web part, and when you select a computer in the diagram, another web part displays detailed information about the selected computer. The Visio product team posted a screenshot of such an example in their blog (blogs.msdn.com/visio/archive/2009/10/20/announcing-sharepoint-2010-and-visio-services.aspx). Finally, Visio Services lets you create SharePoint workflows from diagrams, so that you now can use Visio for workflow management.

As it did in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 Enterprise edition, InfoPath Forms Services gives you the ability to create robust forms-driven solutions. But in SharePoint 2010, InfoPath Forms Services also lets you customize the standard list and library forms pages, so you don’t have to try to customize pages like EditForm.aspx with SharePoint Designer—InfoPath makes it easy.

The Enterprise edition introduces Access Services, as well. Access Services renders Access tables, queries, and reports in a rich, browser-based experience and can even run a subset of macro code. With Access Services, you will be able to move some or all of your important, decentralized Microsoft Access applications to the web.

Perhaps most compelling is the new Office Web Applications feature, which delivers Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in a surprisingly rich and responsive, browser-based experience. We foresee the apps fitting a number of useful scenarios. The first scenario is what a colleague calls the “Office 2010, Granny Edition,” referring to the stripped-down, “just the basics please” feature set. A lot of people don’t use more than this level of functionality. Second, and most obviously, users on a variety of platforms and browsers can now use Office 2010, including Mac users and users of mobile devices, because SharePoint now supports Firefox and other browsers. Third, users at public computers can work using Office Web Applications.

The apps also expose some of the great new collaborative capabilities of Office 2010, including concurrent editing and real-time updates, so multiple users can work on a document at the same time. We foresee this replacing some online meetings which, today, are simply a way to share a PowerPoint presentation or work on a shared document. Speaking of PowerPoint, SharePoint 2010 now supports PowerPoint presentation broadcasting—yet another way to reduce the number of online meetings.

There’s no doubt that SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Edition packs a lot of punch. We believe that the Office Web Apps and Access Services will probably be the biggest driver for businesses. Of course, the Enterprise edition includes all of the functionality of the Standard edition and of SharePoint Foundation 2010, each of which are described below. Minor changes may be made to the feature set of each, so check out Microsoft’s SharePoint site (sharepoint2010.microsoft.com) for the latest info.

Standard Edition and Social Networking

Social networking has been greatly improved since MOSS 2007, and we believe that SharePoint 2010 will be the tipping point for social networking in the enterprise. In SharePoint 2010, users have the ability to create content and to provide feedback on content through ratings, tags, and note boards. Users can tag just about anything they see: sites, pages, lists, items, and documents. Tags can be managed and controlled in a variety of ways, allowing an enterprise to expose a managed taxonomy while allowing user-generated tags (folksonomy). Tags can also be marked as private by a user (“My Tags”). Ratings are also pervasive. Note boards are like posts on a Facebook wall.

All of these types of social content are exposed through search and in Office clients. For example, Outlook shows activity and status update from users’ My Sites, and Word, Excel, and other clients show tags and notes for documents stored in document libraries. A particularly interesting feature is “Inbox mining,” which uses the contents of your Outlook Inbox to establish a feed of content of interest to you.

SharePoint Foundation 2010

Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) has been rebranded SharePoint Foundation 2010, and the new name better represents the fact that it’s both a subset of SharePoint as well as the core code upon which other SharePoint products and technologies are built. SharePoint Foundation now provides some of the functionality handled by MOSS 2007—most importantly the management of service applications (formerly part of the Shared Services Provider).

Like WSS, SharePoint foundation can be installed free on Windows servers, but (like the rest of SharePoint) requires 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Also like WSS, SharePoint Foundation can support basic collaboration scenarios, so it’s well suited to provide Team Site and similar functionality for small and remote offices, while the enterprise is serviced by a centralized SharePoint Server 2010 farm. And as with SharePoint 2007, Microsoft will no doubt be pushing organizations into for-fee licenses of SharePoint Server 2010. Though I believe there are truly compelling reasons to deploy SharePoint Server 2010 in any enterprise, I also believe there are numerous places where SharePoint Foundation will satisfy requirements. Be smart about which edition of SharePoint you apply to each of your requirements—they play together quite well.

Search

SharePoint Server 2010 Standard Edition delivers an impressive baseline of enterprise search functionality, with improved algorithms, refiners, performance, and user experience. Search Server 2010 provides the same search functionality in a dedicated product, so that you can deploy Search Server for search-only scenarios to reduce your total cost. Search Server Express 2010 will be a free product limited in scalability and functionality.

The richest enterprise search experience comes from Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint, a separate product that relies upon and integrates with the Enterprise edition of SharePoint 2010. This product is the fruition of Microsoft’s purchase of FAST Technologies in 2008. FAST includes contextual search (like the ability to recognize departments and geographies), allows you to tag unstructured content with metadata, and increases scalability. To see the type of search experience that FAST delivers, check out Microsoft’s SharePoint site and its Enterprise Search site (www.microsoft.com/enterprisesearch).

Internet Sites

Microsoft is also offering SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites, Standard Edition and SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites, Enterprise Edition. These editions differ from intranet editions by allowing access without user-based CALs. The exact details of functionality differences and licensing weren’t available at press time. A FAST Search Server 2010 for Internet Business will sit on top of the Internet Sites Enterprise Edition to power sophisticated search-based web sites.

SharePoint Online

As if there weren’t enough editions for you to consider, you must also determine which of your business requirements to satisfy with internally hosted SharePoint farms and which to host externally in the cloud. Microsoft offers SharePoint Online as a hosted, per-user service and as a bundle called the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). You can also acquire dedicated SharePoint Online servers, in which case your SharePoint service is not multi-tenant (or “co-hosted”). Dedicated SharePoint Online service is typically provided to companies with 5,000 or more users.

Each of these services will be upgraded to SharePoint 2010 within a few months of RTM, allowing current users to immediately take advantage of new functionality. Easy, quick upgrades are just one advantage of a hosted service. SharePoint 2010 supports multi-tenancy across most of its feature set, including search and social networking, so it is expected that SharePoint Online will begin to include these features.

SharePoint 2010 also provides an isolated environment in which custom code can be executed without interfering with other code. These sandboxed solutions should allow SharePoint Online to support much more customization than the current version, even in multi-tenant versions of the service. SharePoint Online in its 2010 iteration will introduce SharePoint Online for Internet Sites, allowing companies to build their public-facing web sites on Microsoft-hosted SharePoint servers.

Feature Extravaganza

We’ve already discussed many of the major new features of SharePoint 2010. But as you’ve no doubt learned with previous upgrades, sometimes the smaller features make the biggest difference.

The SharePoint UI has been completely revamped. Many operations now appear as pop-up windows, preserving the context of the action and reducing confusion. AJAX enables multi-select operations and much peppier response. And the entire UI is now compliant and accessible (WCAG 2.0) XHTML and supports browsers including IE, Firefox, Safari, and mobile browsers.

As with Office 2007, the Ribbon will require some getting used to, but it makes you far more productive, reducing the number of clicks it takes to complete a task and making it easier to discover commands and capabilities. For example, when we first installed SharePoint 2010 and went to a list, we discovered, thanks to the Ribbon, the new ability to customize list forms (DisplayForm, EditForm, and NewForm) in the browser. Because we had done a lot of page customization in MOSS 2007 using SharePoint Designer, this feature leaped out at me and is, in fact, another great feature.

One of the things we were able to do quite easily by customizing the DisplayForm page of a list was to add “related items.” SharePoint 2010 lists are now relational, so it’s easy to establish and present related lists, such as a list of employees and projects to which they are assigned. The relational list capability also makes it easier to show information in forms without cracking open SharePoint Designer or Visual Studio. If you have an order form, for example, you can pick the customer from a lookup column and then other information about the customer—a phone number for example—can be displayed in the DisplayForm automatically. We can hear a lot of readers saying, “It’s about time!” right now.

When you add content to SharePoint, metadata is pervasive. That metadata is not only useful for search and social features mentioned earlier but can also be used to provide metadata-driven navigation. For example, I can locate documents in a document library using navigation folders dynamically built using the documents’ metadata. We can also route a document to a specific location in SharePoint based on its metadata.

Speaking of documents, it’s now possible to work with “compound documents” consisting of, for example, a Word document, a PowerPoint presentation, an Excel worksheet, and a PDF. They can be bundled together using a new content type called a document set, and the document set can be managed, versioned, and controlled with workflows as a single entity.

Records management features are now available in every library, so archiving and compliance can be established without needing specialized records management libraries. An official “record” can live alongside a document, and the record can be managed through its lifecycle. It’s also now possible to associate a unique document ID with each document, which allows you to create links to documents that “follow” the document regardless of which library hosts the document. This is a common feature of some other enterprise content management tools, so it’s welcome in SharePoint.

Users often want to “publish” content directly to the web. SharePoint 2010’s wiki features are much stronger. Each and every page is a wiki, allowing in-line editing of content; and the Enterprise wiki capability supports a richer wiki syntax, templates, and other enterprise-caliber features. Web content is easier to create, publish, and manage. And it is richer, with full support for multimedia including video and a Silverlight control.

Microsoft has introduced the term “composites” into the SharePoint vocabulary. These are code-free and lite-code applications created by Office clients, including the aforementioned Access Services, as well as SharePoint Designer 2010. SharePoint 2010 offers amazing possibilities for integration with Office 2010 client applications, including using SharePoint Workspaces 2010 (formerly Groove) to work with SharePoint content online and offline.

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