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  Asked By: Adrianna    Date: Oct 27    Category: MOSS    Views: 729

We have a client who wants to use MOSS 2007 to create/manage/and
publish content. But they don;t want to abaondon their current front
end web site (asp.net). Instead what they want to do is pull content
from the MOSS database and use it in their existing site. They want to
do this for the navigation text as well as content such as news
releases, etc.

We have tried to convince them to customize a MOSS site with the look
and feel of their existing site. They say unless we can prove it won;t
cost anymore they want to use the existing site and pull content.

Does anyone have any expereince in doing this? Can it be done easily
through the MOSS object model? Any help would be appreciated.

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6 Answers Found

 
Answer #1    Answered By: Arlene Hodge     Answered On: Oct 27

To do this using the object model you would have to do it on the same server
as SharePoint. If the ASP.NET website isn't on a SharePoint server you
could still do it using webservices. It would not be any easier to do this
than customizing WSS. So all they would save is licensing costs.

 
Answer #2    Answered By: Jolene Sandoval     Answered On: Oct 27

Thanks for the info. Do yo uknow of anyone else who has tried this
in a production environment or know of any code samples? It would be
a great help.

 
Answer #3    Answered By: Brandan Roach     Answered On: Oct 27

I don't have any specific samples. As I said it is doable, but it
won't be particularly easy.

 
Answer #4    Answered By: Kai Carney     Answered On: Oct 27

Yes its possible, but your customer needs to understand the cost of
ongoing maintenance. It will be far more expensive to support unless
they have skilled talent inhouse to support it after deployment &
signoff. Very foolish decision by your customer. Do they really
understand what MOSS offers.

 
Answer #5    Answered By: Gaurav Nemane     Answered On: Oct 27

Getting the data out using web services is a piece of cake. Formatting for use
on the web front end UI... not so much.

To get you started:

WSS 3.0 SDK:
msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/ms441339.aspx
Specifically:
msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa979690.aspx

MOSS 2007 SDK:
msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms550992.aspx

I don't know if there's anything on web services in the MOSS SDK, but you should
bookmark it anyway. =)

Your biggest questions will be licensing. If they are using MOSS as an intranet
only solution, the license costs are quite a bit less, depending on the number
of CALS they need. If they're opening it up to the internet, the internet
license is somewhere near $40k per server, however, MS says you can't use an
internet farm as an intranet. Basically, you'd need to have two farms if there
are both internal employees using MOSS and the rest of the world via internet.
This info was based on the MS Plan for Performance and Capacity document:

www.harbar.net/.../...ePoint-Server-Licensing.aspx
Note: I believe this document was updated recently and I have not looked at it
since the update. I apologize if this information has changed since then.

MS has muddied it up nicely, making it nearly impossible for small businesses to
use MOSS as an intranet AND internet solution. Having said all that, it sounds
like MS may possibly be backing down on their "separate farm" requirement. I'd
suggest you contact a licensing expert at MS before moving forward with cost
comparisons.

 
Answer #6    Answered By: Marjorie Humphrey     Answered On: Oct 27

I will take this to them and see if it changes
their mind or not.

 
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