11.3. An Intranet Based on MOSS

In the previous section, you saw that a simple but useful an intranet could be based on WSS can be. However, you were forced to make several adjustments just to make the lists suitable for containing news. There was no way to target news items for specific groups of users; they saw either everything or nothing.

If you have a MOSS installation, then it contains a ton more features than WSS, such as global search capability, many more Web Parts, and advanced site templates. You really get something for your money when you invest in MOSS. Even though WSS 3.0 is very good, the difference between WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 is even greater than the difference between WSS 2.0 and SPS 2003. The options when building an intranet portal using MOSS are almost endless, so this section of the book will only describe the basic steps to show you how to build a complete intranet from scratch. As stated before, much of the information in this chapter is discussed in several other chapters as well, but here you will see it in context. Hopefully, it will appear more logical here, and you will understand how and why certain steps must be performed, and in what order.

11.3.1. The General Features of the Intranet

This section uses the same example as above for WSS — to build one company-wide intranet and then several local intranets for HR, IT, and so on. Comparing these two case studies will give you a better understanding of the differences between WSS and MOSS. As before, ...

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