Below are the follow-up questions & answers from the Thursday, August 9, 2007, webcast “Installation and Configuration of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0” (http://www.msreadiness.com/CourseDetail.aspx?id=6479). To download the PowerPoint presentation, please visit BOB Wired at: http://oem.microsoft.com/bobwired. Look for BOB Decks: US System Builder Webcast Slide Decks to find a link with a username & password to access a number of BOB Team documents.
Also, within the next few days, we will be posting a complete step-by-step guide that you can use as a reference to walk through all of the steps that were done during the demonstration portion of the webcast. You can find it at http://oem.microsoft.com/serversource in the Deployment column under Step 2.
Q: In WSS2.0, you could map to a SharePoint document library in Windows Explorer using \\companyweb\[sitename]. What is the mapping for WSS3.0?
A: When mapping the drive using Windows Explorer, instead of the UNC style path, use http://[wss3site]/[document library].
Q: How to you make the Explorer View for SharePoint document libraries work with Windows Vista clients?
A: In this case, the difference in behavior is actually related to Internet Explorer version 7 versus version 6, not Windows Vista versus Windows XP. In IE7, switching to Explorer View will cause IE to launch a separate Windows Explorer application to provide the desired interaction with SharePoint. When this is attempted, you will see a confirmation dialog box asking to allow this action.
Q: Myth or Fact: Are side-by-side installations of SBS 2003/WSS 2.0 and WSS 3.0/MOSS 2007 recommended. Why?
A: Please visit http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServerSolutions/SBS/en/library/07fe109b-1421-4052-acc2-d2898afc0d951033.mspx and http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsserver/sharepoint/techref/versions.mspx.
Q: Will there be a new version of Windows SharePoint Services shipping with Windows Server 2008?
A: Windows Server 2008 is currently set to ship with WSS 3.0.
Q: We have Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 installed and it is using SQL Server 2000 on a separate server. Can we install WSS 3.0 and use the same SQL Server 2000 database server?
A: Yes. Please also see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/889647/en-us.
Q: What are the key differences between Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0?
A: Please visit http://www.microsoft.com/sharepoint/overview.mspx.
Q: Is it true that there is a 4GB database size limit for SQL Server 2005 Express Edition?
A: Yes. For a feature comparison of SQL Server 2005 editions, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/sql/prodinfo/features/compare-features.mspx.
Q: To create a new site in WSS 3.0, what permissions does a user need to have?
A: They need to be a member of the Site Owner group in SharePoint.
Q: Where can I find more information about using Silverlight with SharePoint?
Q: Approximately how many users will a single-server farm support in an organization at the recommended specifications?
A: Please visit the capacity planning link: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/wss/2/all/adminguide/en-us/stsb07.mspx.
Q: What are the limitations in e-mail integration with WSS3.0 on Windows SBS 2003?
A: The limitation involves the automated processing of inbound e-mail requests to create items in SharePoint. As a possible work-around, you may wish to visit http://www.mrict.co.uk/resources/incoming_email_for_wss_3_and_sbs.asp.
Q: Can I install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on the same server as Exchange Server 2007?
Q: Can I change the default site name from “Team Site” to another name?
A: Yes. When logged in as a Site Owner, click on Site Actions, Site Settings. In the Look and Feel section, click on Title, description, and icon.
Q: If WSS3.0 is installed on 64-bit version of Windows Server, do the application templates have to be 64-bit as well?
A: No, the application templates work with both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of WSS 3.0. However, there is a 64-bit version of WSS 3.0 itself, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0a50da0f-7c94-4814-bbfe-2b66fe4a9087&DisplayLang=en.
Q: Where can I find out more about using the workflow features of WSS 3.0?
A: You can register for a great virtual lab here: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032304181&EventCategory=3&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US.
Q: Can I change the location of where my WSS 3.0 data is stored after an install?
Q: Where can I find more information about backup and recovery for WSS 3.0?
Q: If the first attempt to install WSS 3.0 Side-by-Side did not go too well can it be uninstalled and reinstalled following the tips described in this webcast?
A: Yes, uninstalling will remove all of the components and settings for WSS 3.0.
Q: If a few months down the road I decide I want some of the advanced features of MOSS 2007 will it see existing WSS 3.0 sites and upgrade them as appropriate?
A: Yes, upgrading from WSS 3.0 to MOSS 2007 is fully supported.
Q: In the Windows SBS 2003 Remote Web Workplace, how do you set the link to “My company’s internal web site” to point to the new intranet site?
A: There is no supported way to modify this RWW link, however there are a couple of approaches for the truly adventurous. One is to use the steps outlined here: http://msmvps.com/blogs/cgross/archive/2007/02/04/companyweb-sharepoint-v3-part-5.aspx. A second approach can be found here: http://geekswithblogs.net/mnf/archive/2007/08/02/Customize-remoteoutlook–Main-Menu.aspx.