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  Asked By: Keaton    Date: Feb 24    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 974

After several weeks of "lurking" on this list while we bring up SharePoint,
I am emboldened by the kindness so often shown here to ask for help. Please
bear with me if this gets long...

We are bringing up SPS/MySites for all students, faculty and staff at
Washington State University for Fall Semester, 2006 (which begins in 18 days
<gulp>). We are providing templates for subsites of MySites that can be
used as electronic portfolios. We would like those templates to be
available in the list of templates when users create subsites of their

We know how to do this with STSADM from the command-line. However, it would
be much more convenient if the template designer didn't have to get the
server admin to install the templates.

We thought we found the solution in the top-level Site Template Gallery. As
a portal admin, I can use the Web GUI to upload a template to the top-level
Site Template Gallery, then go to MySite, create a subsite, and the template
I uploaded is available in the template list.

However, other users cannot see this template! Only if it is installed with
STSADM is it available in the list for all users.

There don't seem to be any permissions controls on the top-level Site
Template Gallery, or on each template, that would explain this behavior.

How is the top-level Site Template Gallery supposed to work? Is there a way
to use the Web to install site templates that are available for creation of
MySite subsites?



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Percy Beach     Answered On: Feb 24

I would probably add your custom site  Template to the Site Template
Gallery of every MySite created (really the Personal Site is what you
are after) by modifying the SPSPERS site definition to include a module
to copy the STP file when the top-level Web is provisioned. If you need
more concrete steps, please ask.

Answer #2    Answered By: Christop Mcfadden     Answered On: Feb 24

It seems like overkill for our current need,
since we can use STSADM; it's just a little clunky to have the developers
call the sys admin every time a new template  needs to be installed for

I'm filing the thought away, though -- there may be other uses for the same

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