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Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 Best Practices by Bill English, Ben Curry

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Should SharePoint Replace File Servers?

Many in the SharePoint market claim that SharePoint can and should replace your file servers. Is this a best practice? Should you plan to move all of your files that currently exist into SharePoint? There are pros and cons to this debate, each of which we’ll outline below. However, if you don’t want to read this entire section, then you should know that our simple answer is no.

The reasons offered for replacing your file servers with SharePoint can be summarized in one thought: Collaborative file shares are on their way out because shared drives that are used for document collaboration are being replaced with SharePoint document libraries. SharePoint Server 2007 provides a better collaborative environment ...

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