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  Asked By: Ramon    Date: Aug 27    Category: MOSS    Views: 1177

I am working on an large enterprise rollout of MOSS, and have a few
questions about best practices for site templates.

I am going to have 1 site that has like 6 webparts, 4 of which will
probably be Content query web parts, but the rest will be local only
to the site users (like discussion/calendar). The 4 that are CQWPs
will all pull data from a central spot and use audiences to deliver
the proper content. If I create a site template off this base site
and then provision 400 sites using this template, are my hands
basically tied when i want to roll out a change to all 400 sites? In
SPS 2003 i ran into this issue as well, and there was not a way to
update any sites after they have been provisioned without manually
going to each site.

I was also thinking about just having 1 site instead and then have
audiences control content, but there could end up being 1000s of
records in each list, and from the Large lists whitepaper on msdn,
this probably won't be a good idea as preformance will suffer in the
long run since I was not going to use folders in the custom list.

However, it would be a heck of alot easier to manage if I just had
1 site that all users hit, espeoially since I will be delivering
content to my custom list via an approval process.
Our user base on the 400 sites would probably be like 10 users/site,
so it seems I may be able to use my 2nd alternative to just have 1
site and use audience targeting provided i don't have 10,000 list
items in the one main list.

so alot of blah, i know , but here is my summary:
I have 2 alternatives:
1. 1 site that 3500 users use with aud. targeting for content (2000
recs/year in some of the lists).
2. 400 individual sites created off base template

Does anybody have experience with this and care to share your
experiences or advice?

Sys Arch: medium farm, MOSS, x64, Kerberos (if i ever get it
working), with 2 WFEs , if that helps...



3 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Donta Kirkland     Answered On: Aug 27

Once a site  is provisioned there is very little that changing the
original template  will do to change the site. This hasn't really
changed since SharePoint 2003.

Let me suggest a third alternative. Since you will be using an approval
process to add content  to the site why don't you add setting the
Security on each item as part of the approval. That way no matter what
users do they are only allowed to see what they have security to see.
In my opinion this would be a better solution than audience filtering
because audience filtering will not filter items if the user goes
directly to the list. This would also keep you from having to put
multiple CQWPs on the page to support audiences.

Answer #2    Answered By: Cade Velazquez     Answered On: Aug 27

I like your 3rd alternative idea since aud.
filtering is not really secure as you mentioned.
If I used the 1 site  for 400 user locations, i was thinking i could just
create a folder for each 'location' in the lists and then i would not
reach the 2000 item ceiling, but i think if you have access to only the
folder level, you still have to click in the 1 folder you see when your page
loads. Do you know if there is a way to not make the user click into the
folder to see the items, or will it always load the list with the folder
I wanted to use CQWP so i could pull  items from a central  source, but i
guess i wouldn't need this if there was only 1 site for all 400 locations?

Answer #3    Answered By: Ariana Christensen     Answered On: Aug 27

Assuming the items were all secured, you can create  a custom view which
doesn't use the folders.

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