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A Good Use Of WSS? WSS vs. Custom App

  Asked By: Bridget    Date: Aug 06    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1003

I just completed the MindSharp Developer track and am pumped to use
WSS on my next project.

I am weighing the upsides of using WSS on this project versus
possible scaling and security issues. I'd normally use a custom web
app with forms-based security for this - but I'd really like to use

Here is a brief overview of the project. If one of you gurus could
check it out - I'd be more confidient in my decision :)

Goal of the project using WSS:

- Allow researchers from around the country to submit scientific data
in XML and Excel spreadsheets to a WSS site (via event handlers in a
Document Library)

- Data would be parsed out into a custom database, with the original
upload file archived in a read-only Document Library.

- Administrators view charts and graphics in a 'dashboard metrics'
screen, using Office Web Components linking to the custom database

- Host WSS site on an extranet

Potential Problems and Questions:

- Active Directory is NOT available on the server. Users would be
managed locally on the server.

- Scalability - would the only solution be to migrate to Active

- User management is more difficult for the site admin - because no
friendly user security web part exists (at least not yet!)

I'm looking for some guidance on whether WSS is a good choice,
considering these requirements - or if I should go back to a custom
web app.



3 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Willard Valenzuela     Answered On: Aug 06

You will encounter some hiccups because you intend to use a custom
database (rather than SharePoint lists), the solution  will be an
extranet (not a SharePoint strong suit), there is no AD. But I think
creating the solution you describe on top of SharePoint would be doable.

How many scientific data  documents do you anticipate will be active  in
the repository?

By the way, we have a white paper out on the Mindsharp Premium content
site that describes how to use forms-based security  in front of your
SharePoint solution.

Answer #2    Answered By: Damon Garner     Answered On: Aug 06

I'm encouraged by your take on this, and thanks for the reference to the

We are expecting just under 1 million small files over five years -
perhaps too much for one server, which is where the scaling  comes into

Answer #3    Answered By: Emmett Hyde     Answered On: Aug 06

That also explains the need for an external database. SharePoint v2
lists are considered large as they approach 10,000 list items.

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