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SharePoint 2010 All-in-One For Dummies by Veli-Matti Vanamo, Kevin Laahs, Emer McKenna

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Chapter 4: Introducing SharePoint Server 2010

In This Chapter

Comparing SharePoint Server to SharePoint Foundation

Getting familiar with SharePoint Server features

Using Web Content Management to best advantage

Building an Enterprise Wiki

If your organization is looking to install SharePoint, the first order of business is to figure out which SharePoint implementation — Foundation or Server — will best fit your business needs. Earlier chapters in Book I offer a good working sense of what Foundation has to offer; this chapter does the same for SharePoint Server.

Choosing Between SharePoint Foundation and Server

A math wizard would call SharePoint Server a “superset” of SharePoint Foundation — because Server includes Foundation but has more capabilities. No surprise that budget-conscious IT honchos often ask, “Do we really need Server or will Foundation suffice?” Well, that depends on what you want to do with SharePoint. SharePoint Foundation provides not only the platform on which Server is built, but also some powerful features of its own — and it integrates well with Office client applications. Also, it’s true that implementing Server is going to cost you more money to use; unlike Foundation, Server requires a license and a fee. So it’s very tempting just to try out Foundation and see whether it can meet your needs.

Whoa, there — first things first. Trying out Foundation (or, for that matter, any new technology) before you have a solid understanding of your business requirements ...

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