In this chapter you learned the following:
SharePoint is a web-based application that helps users share and collaborate with any type of data and information.
SharePoint lets the ordinary user create sites and document libraries in a secure and controlled manner.
The previous versions of SharePoint were STS (SharePoint Team Services) and SPS 2003 (SharePoint Portal Server). STS was replaced by WSS 3.0 (Windows SharePoint Services), and SPS 2003 was replaced by MOSS 2007.
Moss now comes in several editions, and with optional server modules.
WSS is the base module of SharePoint. It is used to create sites for managing and sharing information, such as projects, customer data, meetings, and local intranets.
MOSS is the optional add-on package. It enhances WSS with several new features, such as Search, Excel Services, and Forms Server, plus new site templates such as Internet Site, Intranet Portal, and Record Management sites.
To install SharePoint, the server needs Windows 2003 Server with IIS and ASP.NET activated.
SharePoint can use two types of SQL databases: MS SQL 2000/2005 Server and SQL Server Express.
SQL Server Express must be installed on the same computer as SharePoint.
MS SQL 2000/2005 Server can be installed on a separate computer if required.
WSS has a special version of SQL Server Express, named Embedded SQL Server Express.
SharePoint 2007 (WSS and MOSS) is best integrated with MS Office 2007.
You can use older versions of MS Office, but you will lose functionality, ...