Book: Beginning SharePoint 2007 Administration

If you are starting with WSS and/or MOSS 2007 then I must recommend this book.

I just finished it and I am very glad I did. I gives you a clear overview of WSS and MOSS and explains the difference between the two products and when to use which product. Luckily th eauthor has a good sense of humour making this book an easy reader.

So check it out.

Beginning SharePoint 2007 Administration: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
by Göran Husman

ISBN: 978-0-470-12529-8
June 2007
600 pages

Best practices and more information for MOSS 2007

For those desperately seeking more information for MOSS 2007: 

Planning and architecture for Office SharePoint Server 2007 

Downloadable books for Office SharePoint Server 2007

Downloadable books for Office SharePoint Server 2007
Some of the content in the Office SharePoint Server technical library is available in downloadable and printable form as Microsoft Office Word documents (.doc files). The content in these books is a copy of selected content in the Office SharePoint Server technical library ( as of the date listed for each book. For the most current content, see the technical library on the Web. 

Getting started

Title Description Updated date URL Size (MB)

Getting Started with Office SharePoint Server 2007 (Download )

Covers basic information about the capabilities of and requirements for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

May 2007



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Planning and architecture for Office SharePoint Server, part 1 (Download )

Covers topics such as planning sites, planning for certain features such as forms and search, and planning for managing documents and records.

March 2007


Planning and architecture for Office SharePoint Server, part 2 (Download )

Covers topics such as determining hardware and software requirements, capacity planning, and planning for security.

March 2007


Planning an Extranet Environment for Office SharePoint Server (Download )

Covers planning recommendations for deploying Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 in an extranet environment.

June 2007



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Deployment for Office SharePoint Server (Download )

Covers installing and configuring Office SharePoint Server in a new deployment.

June 2007


Upgrading to Office SharePoint Server (Download )

Covers upgrading to Office SharePoint Server.

March 2007



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Administering Enterprise Search for Office SharePoint Server (Download )

Includes guidance and procedures for configuring and maintaining search features in Office SharePoint Server.

September 2007



Title Description Updated date URL Size (MB)

Office SharePoint Server Security (Download )

Describes how security is implemented in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

June 2007



Title Description Updated date URL Size (MB)

Web Publishing and Planning Guide with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (Download )

Covers features you can use to implement the structure, navigation, and appearance of Web sites and to control how your sites are authored, approved, and published.

May 2007


Records Management Guide for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (Download )

Covers general records management planning considerations and guidelines for configuring Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

May 2007


Document Management with Office SharePoint Server 2007 (Download )

Covers document management features that you can use to control the lifecycles of documents in your organization.

June 2007


Support for MOSS 2007 on VMWare

You probably all know by now that you can get support from Microsoft for a lot of their products running on top of a VMWare environment if you have a Premier Support contract with Microsoft. I was visiting Microsoft yesterday where I got the official statement that MOSS 2007 is one of the exceptions to that rule.

You read it right: Microsoft will not offer any support at all if any part of your MOSS 2007 environment is running on VMWare ! You will be asked to reproduce the problem on separet hardware not running ESX in any case.

So if any of you are planning and designing MOSS 2007 environments using VMWare ESX Server, I suggest to check with your Microsoft contacts to ask for this official statement regarding support.

Be warned!

Common IFilters out there on the Net for Sharepoint

Hi all,

I came across a nice table in a Sharepoint books (Beginning Sharepoint 2007 Administration by Göran Husman) with an overview of the most common Ifilter for Sharepoint and at least one source. This list is very helpful if you are installing and configuring your MOSS 2007 environment adn want to add support for other file formats besides the default ones

File Type Download Source Price
PDF Free
ZIP Free
RAR Free
HLP Free
CHM Free
MHT Free
CAB Free
EXE Free
DWF $200 per server
StarOffice Free for Personal use
Inventor $299 per server
SHTML $299 per server
vCard $19 per server
OpenOffice Free for Personal use
MindManager $299 per server
MS Project $299 per server
MS Visio Free
OneNote install MS OneNote on the Sharepoint Server  
Audio/Video files:
MP3, WMA, WMV, ASF Free for Personal use
DWG AutoCad 250 Euro


Also worth mentionning is that the site has a very nice (and free) IFilter Explorer that you can use to see all IFilters installed on your server.


Howto Install the Adobe IFilter on MOSS 2007

Source: beat me, if you know, then let me know and I will update the post with the correct source 

Here are the instructions for installing the PDF IFilter 6.0 on a SharePoint 2007 server to allow PDF files to be indexed (full text) by the Search and for the icon to be shown next to PDF documents.

  1. Download Adobe PDF IFilter 6.0
  2. Stop the IIS Admin service: Start -> Run -> services.msc -> IIS Admin Service -> Stop
  3. Run the Adobe PDF IFilter 6.0 Setup program to install the filter on the server.
  4. Copy the ICPDF.GIF file to “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\Template\Images”
  5. Edit the file C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web server extensions\60\Template\Xml\DOCICON.XML

    1. Add an entry for the .pdf extension.
      <Mapping Key=”pdf” Value=”icpdf.gif”/>

  6. Perform an iisreset or recycle the SharePoint Application Pools
  7. Add the .pdf file type to the index list:

    1. Go to Central Administration, then to the Shared Services Administration Web of the current SSP, go to Search Settings and next to File Type
    2. Add a new file type pdf

  8. Perform a Full Update on the Search content indexes

Indexing pdf documents with Adobe Reader v.8 and MOSS 2007

I came across a blog post somewhere a while ago before I started my own blog with a good explanation for adding the PDF IFilter to Sharepoint. I copied the content into one of my OneNote files. I believe it is worth posting this on the net.

If you happen to know where I got it from, let me know and I will gladly add the reference in my post.

Here’s the content of the post:

The version 8 of the adobe reader has some significant architectural changes (for the better of course) including an inbuilt IFilter to index PDF documents. Previously the adobe IFilter was available as a seperate download. This new change in architecture compromised the ability to search pdf documents from within MOSS 2007. However, the pdf filter works fine with WDS 3.0 . While many consultants recommend that if we’re to index pdf documents through MOSS 2007, we use the the v.6 of adobe IFilter and if we want to index pdf documents through WDS 3.0 or higher, we use the v.8 of adobe reader. But what if we wanted to index pdf documents using both WDS and MOSS 2007?!!! Here’s how you can use MOSS 2007 with adobe reader v.8, the version currently patronized by WDS:)

1. Download Adobe Reader v.8 .

2. Add the filter-extension to the File types crawled:

Start -> Program -> Microsoft Office Server -> SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration  -> <Name of SharedService Provider> -> Search Settings -> File Types -> New File Type (Add extension  pdf here)

3. Modify the following Registry keys by changing their “Default” value to the new CLSID of the Adobe IFilter:  {E8978DA6-047F-4E3D-9C78-CDBE46041603}



Default –> {E8978DA6-047F-4E3D-9C78-CDBE46041603}

                HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server                          


Default –> {E8978DA6-047F-4E3D-9C78-CDBE46041603}

4.  Add the Installation directory of the Adobe Reader v.8 to the System Path. For example, if the Reader is installed on “D:\Program  Files\Adobe“, then add “D:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader” to the system path by:

           –> Right Click on My Computer -> Properties -> Advanced -> Environment Variables -> Path (Under System Variables) -> Edit -> (Add “D:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader”).

This effectively tells the adobe IFilter where to pick up the dependent DLLs.

5. Recycle the search service: > net stop osearch

                                                            > net start osearch

6. Walla! Now we can crawl and search PDF documents with v.8 Reader.

Schedule a Full Backup of MOSS with STSADM

You know that you can take a full backup using stsadm. With this knowledge you can also easily schedule this commandline in the Scheduled task as follows:

  • Open Windows Scheduler (Start-> all Programs -> Accessories -> System tools -> Scheduled tasks)

  • Click File -> New -> Scheduled Task

  • Enter a Name for this task, e.g. Backup SharePoint

  • Double click on the hnew Task to edit.

  • in the Run Text box enter: stsadm -o backup directory \\server2\backup -backupmethod full -quiet

  • in the start In textbox specify: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\BIN

  • Switch to the Schedule tab and specify when this task should start

  • Click OK to save and close the task. Then Test it

TechEd IT Forum is coming up! Bye Bye Brussels, Hello Barcelona !!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. TechEd is getting closer.
I just finished defining the first draft of the session planner and I must say that MOSS 2007 is going to be my favorite topic.

Also looking forward to seeing Steve Riley back in action too. This guy is an absolute must to see at least once in your life! Don’t know Steve? Want to find out more about Steve? Go see his blog at

Only 3 and half weeks to go.

I’ll keep you all updated on the exciting and new info about Sharepoint