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Microsoft® SharePoint™ 2003 Unleashed, Second Edition by Michael Noel, Colin Spence

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Installing Windows SharePoint Services to Connect to an Existing SQL Database

Another option for Windows SharePoint Services is to perform an installation without installing WMSDE and instead connect to a SQL database. While WMSDE is well suited for testing and proof of concept purposes, it lacks the performance, management, and scalability to meet the needs of organizations that will be using Windows SharePoint Services as a production document-management and collaboration solution for more than a small department or workgroup.

Many organizations already have SQL Server 2000 configured and running, so there is no need to install a new instance of the software. Windows SharePoint Services creates the databases it needs on this server using the ...

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