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Sharepoint Portal Server 2001 with Office 2003

  Asked By: Emilio    Date: Aug 31    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 5753

Is anyone still using Sharepoint Portal Server 2001 and upgraded to Office 2003?
Since we have upgraded to Office 2003, notifications for subscriptions are no longer working.
We also receive errors when trying to view Visio 2003 files but once you go past the error about 3 times, the document opens.

Is there anything I need installed to get Sharepoint Portal server 2001 to work with Office 2003?



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Answer #1    Answered By: Jake Harvey     Answered On: Aug 31

We have several clients that are using SPS 2001 and have upgraded to Office 2003. First, hopefully you have not installed Office 2003 on the server  - this can cause a number of issues. We did this in a test environment and would up wiping that test system rather than trying to recover so DO NOT install Office on your SPS server.

Second, for Office 2003 to work properly with SPS 2001 you need to install the SPS 2003 Client for Backward Compatible Document Libraries. Office 2003 includes client components to connect to SharePoint but they are designed to connect to the SQL based document libraries that are standard in SPS 2003. SPS 2003 includes on optional to install a Backward Compatible Document Library that is based on the web storage system that SPS2001 is based on. This optional client will provide the missing pieces for the included SP client pieces in Office to work with the older SPS 2001 web storage system based document library.

Third, although the updated client resolves issues working with Office there are still issues accessing certain administrative features from a PC that has Office 2003 installed so you will want to keep a system available without Office 2003 for administering SPS 2001.

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