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SPS 2003 - Corporate Portal Setup

  Asked By: Yasasvi    Date: Mar 04    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1023

I am wondering if anyone has created divisional portals similar to those
described in Microsoft's Solution Accelerator document series. I have some
company divisions that need to have their own content sources setup and not
share access to these with other divisions. I know seprate portals can be setup
but my understanding is that creating child portals below the main portal can be
setup to use the same virtual server and application pool. Is my understanding
correct? This will be setup on a medium server farm.

Also, can somene explain the use of Shared Services, when it is required and if
it is a good or bad idea to use it. Is it true that once this is enabled and it
can not be disabled?



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Kamal Mayachari     Answered On: Mar 04

You need a separate virtual server per portal  site.

Then you can choose to use Shared Services which essentially allows
centralized resources to be used by all portal sites. One such resource
is the search indx. Thus if you have 16 sites you can have 1 index
instead of 16. Now, by default, each individual site will only see
search results from the content sources that were set up for it. If you
want to implement a hierarchical search (where you essentially have
corporate/division/department portals and search results are aggregated
the higher up the tree you go) then you need to firstly implement Shared
Services then set the search scope for a child portal to its immediate

SS also allows personal sites to be shared across all portal sites
utilising the shared services. So if I do NOT implement Shared Services
I would have as many personal sites as I do portal sites (in the above
example I could end up with 16 separate personal sites). Utilising
Shared Services means I have a single personal site that is linked to
from all 16 portal sites.

Oh and yes Shared Services is a one-way operation so make sure you
really want to do it!

Answer #2    Answered By: Kelsie Terrell     Answered On: Mar 04

can someone explain the use of Shared Services

Checkout http://www.parallelspace.net/sharepoint under the headings:

- Microsoft TechEd 2004 Presentations

- Technical White Papers and Case Studies

You will find several Shared Services-specific webcasts, presentations and
white papers in these two sections. Feel free to ask any follow-up

It's great to see the interest in Shared Services picking up.

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