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Microsoft® SharePoint® Products and Technologies Resource Kit (Pro-Resource Kit) [Paperback]

Bill English , Microsoft SharePoint Team
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10 July 2004 073561881X 978-0735618817 1

p>Deploy and support Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies in your organization—and deliver highly scalable collaboration solutions—with expertise from the Microsoft SharePoint teams. This official RESOURCE KIT packs more than 1000 pages of in-depth technical information, including drill-down into Windows SharePoint Services 2003 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 technologies, specifications, architecture, and security services. Get critical details and guidance for planning, administration, and solution development—along with tools, scripts, and an eBook on CD. You get all the resources you need to help maximize your organization’s productivity and help reduce ownership and support costs.

Get in-depth guidance—straight from the Microsoft SharePoint teams—on how to:

  • Plan your deployment—from a single server to a large server farm
  • Step through installation instructions for various scenarios, including how to uninstall and repair an installation
  • Develop your information management structure
  • Perform capacity planning; plan and test your topology
  • Plan and implement defense-in-depth, from security policies to firewalls and authentication services
  • Monitor server farm performance to create a scale-out strategy
  • Facilitate business-to-business collaboration through an extranet
  • Set up and configure shared services; manage internal and third-party content
  • Customize sites with Web Parts, the object model, and Microsoft Visual Studio—code samples included
  • Use SharePoint Products and Technologies with the Microsoft Office System

On the CD, get tools to migrate servers, manage security features, troubleshoot problems, and more, including:

  • CustomToolPane
  • SharePoint Configuration Analyzer
  • Simple Web Parts in Microsoft Visual Basic and C#
  • Smigrate
  • SPBackup
  • SPSUserUtil
  • Usage Reports
  • Web Part Toolkit
  • Scripts
  • Fully searchable eBook of this complete RESOURCE KIT

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  • Paperback: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (10 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073561881X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735618817
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 18.8 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 592,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bill English, MCTS, MVP, MCT, is an author and educator specializing in SharePoint technologies. He runs a leading training and consulting company, has written more than 10 books, and speaks at the Microsoft Office SharePoint Conference, Comdex, and other events.

The Microsoft SharePoint Team develops and supports SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Windows SharePoint Services.

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
This book provides the best text resource currently on the market for SharePoint 2003 developers and other such technical savvy users who need to know not just the basics, but about the nuts and bolts of the SharePoint products and technologies. The book covers both SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Windows SharePoint Services and covers all aspects of design, development, deployment, through to customisation and troubleshooting.
On the cover, it claims that Bill English, the author has worked with the Microsoft SharePoint teams in producing this Resource Kit. I have used this book for over six months and it is obvious that Bill has in-fact worked along with them. Throughout, the author is able to provide vast in-depth information into SharePoint 2003, while still presenting the information in a clear, well-formatted and understandable manner.
The book is divided into eleven sections covering the introduction of SharePoint products and technologies, Architecture, Planning and Deployment, Administration, Information Management, Security through to Office Integrations and Maintenance. It covers all the areas of SharePoint from basic to advanced functionality and although the book hasn't answered all my questions thrown at it, I have found time and time again, it is the only one with a chance of doing so, or at least putting me on the right track.
Some of the material in the book is repeated on the MSDN web site in various articles, though the book is a lot easier to use than the Microsoft MSDN search facility.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book is out of date 23 Feb 2010
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On page 1001 we get to the meat. using Visual Studio .Net to Create Web Parts. Except that it doesn't say which Visual Studio. My assumption has to be that this is VS2005 (superseeded by 2008 and soon 2010). There is no mention of Ajax because the book was written so long ago. The process for VS2008 is completely different.

The penultimate web part example in this book shows you how to create a button that can be clicked and echo back what you typed in a text box (usefull or what?).

Did I say meat? Well the Creation of Web Parts chapter finishes on page 1023.

If you pulled all the code together from this book, it might fill two side of one sheet of paper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the investment for your SharePoint team... 4 Jan 2005
By James Murphy - Published on
I have been using the Microsoft Resource Kits on many products over the past 10 years and the SharePoint 2003 kits is one of the most comprehensive produced to date for a Microsoft application. The book is designed as a resource Kit to pull together all relevant information in one location.

Our company placed an order on as soon the SharePoint Resource Kit was listed as the early SharePoint 2003 printed documentation was sparse and the book was a welcome addition. We found it better to have a paper book with all the information in one location rather than just links to websites, whitepapers, and webcasts to rely upon alone. We now have 3 copies for our project teams to used for their SharePoint work as well as the Internet resources.

I found the structure of the book confusing at first as we used it to help learn the product but now it is a great daily resource. The Adobe PDF manual and several tools are included on the CD-ROM and are great for finding support materials in a jiffy.

Yes, its a buy...
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Layout and Lack of Critical Info Hamper 5 July 2005
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This book is like the 'Da Vinci Code' for SharePoint. It has a lot of information. A LOT OF INFORMATION. The problem is, the layout and order of presentation in the book make it almost impossible to read and find information. Loading the included disk is a requirement. Use the PDF and search electronically for the information because the printed index is incredibly lacking.

Because it is so hard to find stuff, one thinks that MS is trying to hide information or that critical information was left out.

Good resource, but be prepared for a continent spanning search for information that will takes days, leave you bedraggled, and make you think you've solved centuries old mysteries once you finally find what you are looking for. Pack lightly, carry currency, and perhaps a firearm (for the book, share point machine, self, your choice).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crucial documentation for SharePoint administrators 21 Nov 2005
By Barry T. Campbell - Published on
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This is the book that *should* have shipped with every copy of SharePoint Portal Server 2003.

I haven't looked at the paper copy in quite some time; the searchable PDF copy of the book that comes as part of the Resource Kit CD is actually much more useful for me, because it's searchable. I refer to it constantly.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I suggest a pass 16 Aug 2004
By J. Robson - Published on
SharePoint as a technology is a tremendous product. This book, however, does not come close to doing it justice. I found the verbiage to be incoherent in various places, and occasionally terms were simply never defined. Further, at one point the author says "At the time we had to go to press with this chapter, the information on how to use Microsoft SharePoint Server 2003 extranets was in the beta stages of being written"... When I purchased this book about SharePoint products and technologies, I assumed the author would be able to write about SharePoint portal server 2003 without requiring other authors to pave the way. In short, this book seems to be a repurposing of information from other sources in a pell-mell fashion. Consequently I cannot recommend it.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Restores my Faith in Microsoft Resource Kits 10 July 2004
By Jason Bascom - Published on
I've been an IT professional since 1995, and over the years, the Micsrsoft Resource Kits have tended to be my bibles for the most in-depth, thorough information. But they've been slipping and slipping badly in recent years, and the seem to have less and less to say that isn't just as easy and user friendly to download off of Well this book is a TRUE TREASURE. While there is a decent amount of okay Sharepoint information on, this is an in-depth, invaluable users manual for the real world that beautifully puts a ton of critical information in one place and with depth. It frames and organized everything I've been struggling with (and the list was pretty darned long) with an otherwise great product experience with SharePoint. It's back to the classic era of MS Resource Kits: if you are deploying and managing SharePoint, this kit is a MUST HAVE. Keep it up Microsoft--is there any way you can get the writers who did this book to create a similar effort for Windows 2003?
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