WSS 3.0 Templates Available for Download (First 20)


SharePoint 2007 Features


Here are A Few Lines on SharePoint 2007 fetures.

The new version of SharePoint expands upon the current version’s level of integration
with Outlook. The integration between certain SharePoint lists and Outlook folders will
be two-way, thus allowing users to not only read, but also manage the content of these
SharePoint lists through either the Outlook or SharePoint interfaces. Also, there is
synchronization between the Outlook task and calendar lists with SharePoint. This will
enable an individual to have one view of all time and tasks versus having to manage
calendar items and tasks in Outlook and potentially multiple SharePoint locations.
The new Content type library allows users to create libraries of smaller sets of
information and then snap those pieces into new or open documents. Some examples for
applications of this feature are the ability to save individual PowerPoint slides to easily
drop into a new PowerPoint presentation or to save sections of boiler plate materials to
snap into a proposal.

SharePoint 2007 has greater capabilities for managing workflow in an organization.
Besides being able to define custom document approval workflow (serial and parallel)
using an Outlook rules-like interface, Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) provides a
mechanism for developing re-usable workflow components that can be integrated into
SharePoint. These workflow components will make it easier to automate certain business
processes, such as a new employee on-boarding process requiring the completion of
forms and routing of forms.

Finally, another workflow-related change that has many SharePoint developers excited is
the ability to write custom event-handlers for all list types. The 2003 version of
SharePoint could programmatically handle events only for libraries – document, image,
and form libraries – but could not trigger events for SharePoint lists – such as issues and
task lists. The new version allows event handlers for both lists and libraries. For example,
an organization may want to send custom notifications/alerts when an action is performed
on a SharePoint list item (such as updating the status or due date of a task list item). In
this example, an organization using SharePoint to track tasks can automatically generate
an e-mail notifying involved parties that a task due date has been extended

TechNet Megazine Articles


TechNet Magazine January 2007

I was reading the megazine to thought that i should share it.  Very interesting detailed articles about SharePoint Server, Search, Administration and Collaboration.

JANUARY 2007

This month TechNet Magazine devotes an issue to SharePoint and everything that’s new in the latest release. Here we introduce SharePoint Server 2007 and guide you through new features that make building a collaborative site better and easier than ever. An overview article covers enterprise-wide search and document management, and much more. We also bring youarticles on security in SharePoint, fast command-line administration tasks, and building a wiki for your organization using SharePoint. And as usual, we have our roundup of popular columns, including Raymond Chen on Getting out of DLL Hell and The Scripting Guys on sorting in VBScript using the .NET Framework’s DataList.Sort method.

FEATURES

SharePointAn Overview of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

The new version of SharePoint is poised to meet all your collaboration and information management needs in a single, integrated platform. Here’s a tour of the new features and tools in MOSS that will change the way your enterprise works.

Thomas Rizzo7 New Features That Enhance Security in SharePoint

With SharePoint tapping into more enterprise data and becoming more integral to business workflow, security becomes far more critical. Find out how these seven new features in MOSS can quickly improve security in your organization.

Adam Robert BuenzFind It All with SharePoint Enterprise Search

Your company loses time and money while employees try to track down information. Enterprise search can help. MOSS offers an enterprise search tool that can find information quickly, whether it’s tucked away on an intranet site, living in a line of a business application, or even residing with a single employee.

Matt HesterPowerful Command Line Administration for SharePoint

Don’t get bogged down with a GUI. There’s a far more powerful and much faster way to manage SharePoint, which lets you perform administrative tasks from a command prompt and even script common procedures.

Todd KlindtWiki While You Work

Wikis offer a new, more flexible way to collaborate, promoting an unstructured approach to thinking and exchanging ideas. And MOSS 2007 makes it incredibly easy to implement wikis in your organization. Here’s what you need to know to start building and using wikis in the workplace.

Mauro Cardarelli

COLUMNS

From The Editor

Joshua TrupinToolbox

New Products for IT Pros Greg SteenUtility Spotlight

Internet Explorer Administration Kit Lance WhitneySQL Q+A

Data Archiving, Linked Servers, Measuring Bandwidth, and More Edited by Nancy MichellThe Cable Guy

TCP Receive Window Auto-Tuning Joseph DaviesWindows PowerShell

Windows PowerShell Constructs Don Jones Hey, Scripting Guy!

Be Careful What You Say The Microsoft Scripting GuysExchange Queue & A

We Have All the Answers (Because We Made Up the Questions) KC Lemson and Paul BowdenSecurity Watch

Services Hardening in Windows Vista Wole MosesThe Desktop Files

Windows Automated Installation Kit Wes MillerField Notes

Tech Support for In-Laws James Snell Windows Confidential  Getting Out of DLL Hell Raymond Chen

How to Create a WSS Theme – WPTitle


Fine.  I am back to posting.  The first 22 days of January went quickly while i was working as support team for broadcom.  Number of Tickets where there with tons of stuff to do.  But still i was able to get through successfully and got 4.0 out of 4 and best ever support engineer for broadcom.  But leave things behind. 

Last night i got support call to change the web part title font color property from CSS.  There is a CSS Style called MS-WpTITLE which has color attribute.  and also a A Link attribute with the same name.  Change the color property at both places and the color of webpart title text or link will be changed to new color.

Another thing that i noted that normally webparts has links to their list view page when clicked on the title link.  If the webpart is custom webpart; there will be no link but the font color will not change so we need to change both WPTitle and WpTitle A Link attributes.

I was also involved in Create a new theme for Our sharepoint client.  As it was long activity so client as satisfied with the CSS change.  Here are some ways to create and use a theme in WSS.

Via Brad Covell & Angus Logan

Create and applying aTheme with Frontpage 2003

using a Theme in WSS

This is actually more complicated than I had originally thought, so I spent some time doing it myself and verifying the steps below. These are the exact steps I went through and was successful in creating a theme for my WSS site.

  1. Open FrontPage 2003, Click on Format -> Theme -> then on the task pane that opens you can either modify an existing theme and save it, save it with a different name, or click “Create a new theme…” at the bottom of the task pane.
  2. Then on the screen that opens you can modify the colors, text, fonts… and then click “Save As” and just save it in the default location and give it a one word name.
  3. The theme will be saved in C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\Themes\<theme name>
  4. Then go to http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;295409&Product=fp2000 create the Unpack_elm.vbs script, place it in the folder from #3 and run it. Then delete the vbs file out of that folder once the files have been unpacked.
  5. Copy the entire folder to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\60\template\themes
  6. Open C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\60\template\layouts\1033\spthemes.xml with NotePad.
  7. Add a template by adding the lines below:

<Templates>

<TemplateID>halloween</TemplateID>  (this value should match the name of the folder you copied)

<DisplayName>Halloween</DisplayName> (this value can be anything, it will be displayed to the user)

<Description>Description</Description>    (again any value is fine, this value is unused by SharePoint)

<Thumbnail>../images/thice.png</Thumbnail> (this image won’t be used and so you can use this value or leave it blank)

<Preview>../images/thice.gif</Preview>  (This value is a .gif file of a screen shot of your theme applied to a site, it should be 300 x 179 and located here: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\60\TEMPLATE\IMAGES)

</Templates>
8. Perform an iisreset on the SharePoint server and now when you choose to Apply a Theme to a site your custom theme will be listed and you can apply it.

Customizing SharePoint Themes and Site Templates

SharePoint 2007 Training


I have just signed a 1 Year contract with Operation Badar/eVenture Solutions (http://www.evslearning.com/) for the training on Microsoft SharePoint 2007.  It will be a 50 Hours Training spanning from 6 to 8 Weeks with 12 Lecture and 8 Labs.  I am not yet aware of the training cost but you can learn more from Operation Badars Office at Garden Town or the phone number 5831325.

The training will have stuff for administrator, planners, designers, developers and IT guys who can work with SharePoint 2007.  I will post the training contents soon.

Regards,

Jerry