Q&A from Installation and Configuration of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 webcast

Hello Everyone,


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?

A: Please visit http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/blogs/mikeg/silverlight1/SilverlightContent.aspx.


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?

A: Yes.


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?

A: Yes, please see http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/WSS/en/library/dec1c405-b54b-4c1b-976f-3fa6d814cda51033.mspx.


Q: Where can I find more information about backup and recovery for WSS 3.0?

A: Please see http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/WSS/en/library/dec1c405-b54b-4c1b-976f-3fa6d814cda51033.mspx.


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.


Comments (3)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Below are the follow-up questions & answers from the Friday, October 12, 2007, webcast “Installation

  2. Anonymous says:

    Your demo of SharePoint 3.0 installation and configuration on SBS2003 was great! Thank-you!

    I’m very much looking forward to the step-by-step guide you are making based on the demo.

    Thank-you again!


  3. Anonymous says:

    I have tried to do this and it breaks. The reason why appears to be IIS, as  WSS3 uses the .net framework version 3 and Exchange 2007 uses .net framework 2.0.

    If you install Exchange 2007 (obviously 64 bit) first then the IIS is configured for OWA with all the permissions and then also autodiscovery.

    If you subsequently add WSS 3 it reinstalls the new framework 3 also unfortunately it overwrites the IIS settings so OWA breaks as does autodiscovery. Some work arounds suggest installing WSS 3 first then Exchange so Exchange picks up the last settings, or use virtual server.

    Last advice I saw was don’t run on the same machine.

    Please could you clarify.


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