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  Asked By: Garrett    Date: Jan 07    Category: MOSS    Views: 691

My company may be looking into A Symantec product that will eliminate
the need for MS Outlook PST files, as well as provide Indexing and
Search capabilities that will allow all clients to do a desktop
search. If they pursue this route then the Index and Search
Capabilities provided by SharePoint would be a duplication of resources
as we would be indexing the same data twice. Is SharePoint compatible
with Symantec to the extent that we can opt not to use the Index and
Search features of MOSS2007 but use all the other collaboration



8 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Constance Guerrero     Answered On: Jan 07

Yes is the short answer - you don't have to use MOSS search

However, you say that symantec  will search  for you - I'm guessing this
is only the archived e-mails and the users desktop - you may want to
check that it will search sharepoint, shares on servers, external web
sites, public folders and even data  held in back end databases - MOSS
search (enterprise edition) can do all of this so you just want to be
careful you're not going to be throwing out the baby with the bath water
based on what a symentec salesman has told you.

The point is, I would go back and ask Symantec EXACTLY what assets their
product will perform a search on - does it search inside documents,
which document types does it search, how big are the indexes and where
are they stored, does it do best bets, "did you mean " offerings, word
stemming etc etc - I guess sharepoint  wont search your email archive
for you which is one problem but that doesn't mean you cant have the
archive search page displayed in sharepoint or just allow users to
search the archive using symantecs solution built into outlook  and then
use SharePoint to do all of the other searching.

I guess I'm saying I think your company  should think very carefully
about search as a whole before deciding to go one route  or the other and
maybe talk to a SharePoint consultant locally about your search needs -
I'm not saying Symantec wouldn't be part of the solution ...... I'm just
not sure its a total solution

Answer #2    Answered By: Chandrabhan Konwar     Answered On: Jan 07

Out of curiosity, would you mind divulging what product  you're looking at that
is supposed to provide  this functionality? I used to work in Symantec IT until
recently and I cannot think of anything that would adequately serve this

Answer #3    Answered By: Vinay Thakur     Answered On: Jan 07

Sure, it is Symantec's Enterprise Vault product. We are still learning
about it ourselves.

Answer #4    Answered By: Tiana Whitaker     Answered On: Jan 07

While EV is a great product  for its space, it won't replace MOSS search
by any stretch of the imagination.

Answer #5    Answered By: Alice Chandler     Answered On: Jan 07

Part of the story that they'll entice you with is that once things are
archived off into the EV, it wil become searchable for regulatory purposes -
kind of interesting. Definitely a plus if you're looking to have a large
implementation and short on fast disk space.

Answer #6    Answered By: Lynette Sawyer     Answered On: Jan 07

True enough. My comment was in reply to the original poster's query about
replacing MOSS search  with EV. On a tangent, has anyone taken a look at using
the BDC to provide  visibility into the EV database? Seems like that might be a
good way to provide compliance data  a bit easier.

Answer #7    Answered By: Shelton Dickson     Answered On: Jan 07

It would be great if we could find two products that together could
handle email and the rest in one user interface. The Symantec web site
seems to indicate that their product  (Enterprise Vault) uses a records
management approach toward Exchange email. According to the web site,
"this is accomplished through accurate classification options using
automated classification, user-driven classification, or third-party
(for example, records management) approaches. Once data  is classified,
powerful policy enforcement applies retention/deletion rules granularly
across different classes of information and administers better
utilization of tiered storage."

Wouldn't it be great if SharePoint could force Outlook users to classify
all of the email they send as well as all of their incoming email from
outside the organization, and apply content types / workflows / policies
to it all? Records Management Utopia...

Answer #8    Answered By: Caleb Gordon     Answered On: Jan 07

You wouldn't be able to restore mails to mailboxes which is a major part of the
base ev product  but you would know they were there to search  against I suppose

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