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  Asked By: Christina    Date: Mar 12    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 993

Has anyone set up Virtual Directories to use with SPS?

We have companies in several states that need to access and document
manage each other's documents and I haven't found a decent answer
from Microsoft on how to go about setting this up.

Since we only have T1 lines connecting each site, we want to be able
to keep all the documents at each of the sites, instead of copying
them down into one web storage system.

Would that be possible with Virtual Directories?

Or does anyone have any other ideas on how to do this?

Would setting up a single SPS server at each location and then have
the users access them individually through Internet Explorer also be
an option?

The only answers I have gotten from Microsoft regarding deployment is
1) the document on Deployment Scenarios which doesn't explain in
detail how to deploy it
2) an $11,000 consulting fee from an outside consultant that would
only tell us HOW we could do it, and then they'd charge us even more
to actually DO it (we quickly said "no thanks" to that!)
3) an explanation that SPS is Enterprise-wide...but only for
searching capabilities - not document management (check-in, check-out)

This deployment issue has been very frustrating as our Microsoft
contacts have been hedging the question ever since we've asked it!

So anyone out there that might have a solution would be greatly
appreciated (and admired)!!



3 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Candy Walter     Answered On: Mar 12

This should be no problem, but it might depend on how many locations you
will have. Too start with set  up a server  at each location. Then you
will need to add a one new content source for each "other" location  that
you will want to be able to search from that particular location's
server. The content source which are workspace level sources will index
the other sps  at other locations and include the information in the
indexes. When a user searches from one location, they will also see
links pointing to the other locations (assuming they have permissions).

I would suggest you look at MS Solutions for Intranets Prescriptive
Architecture Guide. This would be another way to accomplish this. This
might be more than you want or need, but it will have some info that can
help you set up a dedicated index box and a corporate wide search.

Answer #2    Answered By: Leanne Rios     Answered On: Mar 12

Would adding the content sources as workspaces allow for check-
in/check-out abilites?
I'm just a little confused because everything I've read about content
sources only allows for searching and viewing. No editing is
allowed. (Which is what we need.)

Answer #3    Answered By: Zachary Roberts     Answered On: Mar 12

I will have to look at this. I thought that you could get to the
document and get write privs on it when you click though but I will have
to check.

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