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  Question Asked By: Brock Lyons   on Oct 17 In Sharepoint Category.

Question Answered By: Erick Carlson   on Oct 17

I've also added a deeper explanation of portal areas in a new white paper to be published on microsoft.com "any time now". Below is the part of the white paper that talks about portal areas.

From an underlying technology perspective, a portal area  is a SharePoint site. Topic areas, News areas and Site Directory areas are special instances of a portal area. Usually a portal area doesn't include a document  library but they can. For example, if you use the new Microsoft developed SPS2003 Document library  Tools (www.parallelspace.net/sharepoint/spinspouthelp.htm) to export a Web Storage System (WebSS) document library and import it into a portal area, Spin.exe creates a SQL Server document library in each portal area (possibly more than one if you import multiple WebSS libraries into the same top-level portal area).

I'll touch on this again in the MSD2D "SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Migration Strategies and Solutions" webcast on Tuesday: www.parallelspace.net/sharepoint/msd2d-webcat.htm.

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