Wahoooo!...Last night saw the inaugural meeting of the SharePoint User Group in Ireland and it got off to a flying start! The meeting took place in Sandyford in Dublin and the introdcutory topic was 'Setting up a MOSS Farm'. Stephen Cummins (local SharePoint User Group Lead and SharePoint MVP) presented for the kick-off sesion but attendees from customers, partners and MS all contributed to open discussion.
You can expect to see SharePoint UG meetings taking place in Dublin on a monthly basis, the next topic is planned to be 'SharePoint Governance'. A meeting is also planned for Belfast on January 16th and watch this space (or http://www.sugie.org/) also for details of a meeting taking palce in Munster.
Here's some of the useful resources that were mentioned by the Microsoft Consultants last night (thanks Aidan and Donal):
þ Patterns and Practices SharePoint Guidance: http://www.codeplex.com/spg
þ Best Practices Resources Center: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/sharepointserver/bb736746.aspx
þ Governance Resource Center: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/sharepointserver/bb507202.aspx
þ Interactive Road Map: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/office/bb497969.aspx
þ Application Templates for WSS 3.0 (Fab 40): http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/sharepoint/bb407286.aspx
þ The same Fantastic 40 but deployed on a MOSS site so potential users can try them before downloading: http://www.wssdemo.com/application/default.aspx