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James Pyles , Christopher M. Buechler , Bob Fox , Murray Gordon , Michael Lotter , Jason Medero , Nilesh Mehta , Joris Poelmans , Christopher Pragash , Piotr Prussak , Christopher J. Regan
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October 1, 2007 0596529589 978-0596529581 1

For any organization that wants to use Windows SharePoint Services to share and collaborate on Microsoft Office documents, this book shows administrators of all levels how to get up and running with this powerful and popular set of collaboration tools.

Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services technology in Office 2007 is an integrated set of services designed to connect people, information, processes, and systems both within and beyond the organizational firewall. SharePoint 2007: The Definitive Guide provides a detailed discussion of all Sharepoint features, applications and extensions. You learn how to build Sharepoint sites and site collections, along with ways to administrate, secure, and extend Sharepoint. This book teaches you how to:

  • Get up to speed on SharePoint, including ways to create lists, libraries, discussions and surveys
  • Integrate email, use web parts, track changes with RSS, and use database reporting services
  • Customize your personal site, create sites and areas, and organize site collections
  • Integrate with Office applications, including Excel, Word, Outlook, Picture Manager, and InfoPath
  • Install, deploy, maintain and secure SharePoint
  • Brand a portal, using your corporate style sheet, designing templates, and building site definitions
  • Extend SitePoint, such as creating client side and server side web parts, using the SharePoint class library and SharePoint web services
Each chapter starts with a "guide" that lets you know what it covers before you dive in. The book also features a detailed reference section that includes information on compatibility, command line utilities, services, and CSS styles. Why wait? Get a hold of SharePoint 2007: The Definitive Guide today!

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Book Description

Using, Customizing, and Managing SharePoint 2007

About the Author

James Pyles is a technical writer at Aquent Studios in Boise, Idaho. The author of PC Technician Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to CompTIA A+ Skills (Sybex) and numerous other technical works, James regularly reviews books on operating systems, web design, and programming for various web and print publications. He served as a SharePoint site administrator for a software group at Micron Technologies. You can reach him at

Christopher M. Buechler, CISSP, SSCP, MCSE, MCSA, MCDBA, is a cofounder and Chief Technology Officer of BSD Perimeter, a company providing IT security services, including firewall support, vulnerability assessment, and penetration testing.

He also serves as Network Manager for a regional bank, handling its network security and infrastructure. As an independent consultant, and in past positions in his decade-long career, he has provided security, network, and other services for organizations in the public and private sector, ranging from small organizations to Fortune 500 companies and large public sector organizations. He can be reached at

Bob Fox, MCP, MCTS, is currently Technical Lead, SharePoint Technologies, at B&R Business Solutions, LLC. He is a Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services MVP, and his MVP blogcan be viewed at

Bob writes: "I have been working as an IT Professional since the mid 90s...I have spent a great deal of time working as a Systems Administrator dealing mainly with Microsoft Technologies. For the past five years my primary focus/passion has been Microsoft SharePoint Services."

"I specialize in Deployment, Portal and Site Customization, Administration, and Collaboration Solutions. I have in the past worked for such companies as Merrill Lynch, BISYS Retirement Services, Educational TestingService, and Pfizer, to name a few. I am based out of Lawrenceville, NJ, where I live with my wife, Barbara, and our children, Zachary and Sarah."

Murray Gordon is the Director of Technology at Cambar Solutions (www., a premier consulting company committed to value chain improvement through best practice consulting and technology innovation. He brings more than 10 years of technology consulting and solutions architecture experience to bear. In addition to his other duties, it is his charge to guide Cambar Solutions' primary focus of providing strategic business-driven technology solutions.

Murray is also a co-author of MCPD Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-547): Designing and Developing Web-Based Applications Using the Microsoft .NET Framework and MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-529): Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Distributed Application Development (both by Microsoft Press).

Michael Lotter is a SharePoint Solution Architect and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, currently working for B&R Business Solutions ( He travels throughout the country doing SharePoint and InfoPath solution based contract work.

Jason Medero, MCP, MCT, MCTS, MVP (WSS), is a systems architect with a concentration in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) and its related Microsoft technologies. He is a managing partner of B&R Business Solutions, a central New Jersey-based firm specializing in SharePoint and surrounding technologies, infrastructure, real-time communications (OCS), and application development.

Jason is an active member of the SharePoint User Group in New York City, where he sits on the speaker selection committee. He also contributes his SharePoint knowledge as a mentor for some of the popular forums (MSD2D, MSDN). You can visit his blog at or his company's page at

Nilesh Mehta, current President of NGenious Solutions, Inc., is a recognized senior architect in Microsoft solutions, specializing in Microsoft's Office, SharePoint Server, Project Server, Exchange Server, and Active Directory technologies. He can be reached at

Joris Poelmans is currently Application Group Manager at Dolmen (, a leading Belgian IT services company and Microsoft Gold Partner. His main competence area is Information Worker solutions, where he currently focuses on the SharePoint Products and Technologies platform. In October 2005, he was given the Microsoft MVP award for Windows SharePoint Services. He can be contacted through his blog at

Christopher Pragash has more than 11 years of IT experience and has been predominently focused on Microsoft solutions. Under his current capacity as a Senior SharePoint Architect, Christopher has implemented portals based on Microsoft SharePoint technologies. His expertise in Microsoft SharePoint Technologies ranges from helping organizations translate business requirements into SharePoint solutions, building the solution, and training SharePoint administrators and developers.

Piotr Prussak, usually a journeyman consultant, is currently serving as Enterprise Architect for a manufacturing company in New Jersey. When not involved in architecture, he works with SharePoint technologies, which he's been working with since 2000. He's been involved with the SharePoint developer community for the last five years, worked with early betas of all releases of SharePoint, and uses SharePoint for fun wherever he goes. He can be reached at

Christopher J. Regan, MCP, MCTS, MCT, currently serves as a Managing Partner of B&R Business Solutions, a central New Jersey-based Microsoft Partner that specializes in Microsoft SharePoint Server-centric solutions and custom development. Prior to his founding of B&R, Chris worked as the Director of Information Systems for a private pharmaceutical marketing company, where he managed a global staff of IT professionals.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 822 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596529589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596529581
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.8 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive November 1, 2007
SharePoint 2007 is a huge topic to try and cover, but the authors (all 11! of them) do a tremendous job covering as much about SharePoint as is possible in a single book. In going through this book, I dare say there isn't a single SharePoint 2007 topic that isn't at least mentioned. In any case, it's certainly the most comprehensive SharePoint 2007 book that I have come across.

I felt the book was well organized and easy to read. Since SharePoint is potentially a very boring subject, the authors spice up the book (and help with the clarity) by providing a lot of SharePoint screenshots that correspond with the written text. I also appreciated the standard O'Reilly warning icons, indicating a potential point of trouble in configuring SharePoint.

At the risk of simply identifying each chapter in the book, the authors take the reader through a SharePoint site from start to finish. They begin with the installation, and all that can or should be configured at that time. The discussion continues through the configuration of sites, workspaces, and libraries.

While there were a few items in the book I wish received more mention, I realize this cannot be helped in a book covering as vast a subject as SharePoint. While there is a very good chapter on using the SharePoint object model, I would have liked to see much more than this. Additionally, I would have liked to see further discussion on customizing the UI of a SharePoint application. But again, that just isn't possible for a subject as vast as this.

While there are a few topics I would have liked more detail on, this is a excellent book on SharePoint 2007. Through the text, the reader is taken step-by-step through all practical aspects of a SharePoint 2007 installation and configuration. I would highly recommend this book for SharePoint administrators as well as portal admins.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good broad (but shallow) coverage of SharePoint February 17, 2008
This book's very broad in its coverage of SharePoint 2007 and sacrifices depth for that breadth. While there are several chapters on development-related topics, development isn't the book's forte. Rather, the book's really targeted to giving a lot of background and foundational information for folks wanting to implement Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS).

11 different contributors make some parts of the book difficult with their wide range of voices, and there are a number of clunky parts and some flat-out errors. (One minor example: A diagram of server topology switched the labels between the web front ends and application servers.)

Those nits aside, the book's well done and a solid resource for folks moving in to the WSS/MOSS arena. The sections on architecture, installation, and topology are all fine bits for discovering the broad strokes. The remaining chapters hit functional jobs like site design, managing workspaces/discussions/groups/libraries, etc. as well as mid-level views of business intelligence, Excel Services, Forms Services, and security.

Each chapter does a nice job of covering its topic with good introductory passages and a nice summary. Most chapters have a plethora of well-done, targeted screen shots backing up the content for that chapter. From time to time the particular author will call out pitfalls (nicely denoted with a trap graphic) and discuss issues surrounding that problem. I also like that the authors didn't try to push "Best Practice!" fluff throughout the book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horribly written and organized June 3, 2010
Authors jump over details, figure references are several pages before the figures themselves. Figures are straight screenshots that are too small to read, with no image notation to highlight the part being referenced by the text. Many functions don't have screen shots leaving the reader to guess at how the navigation to the screen shown was accomplished. Worse than trying to learn it with Microsoft's online references.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars for power users April 18, 2008
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When I get a Definitive Guide from O'Reilly I expect a book with technical depth. Instead, what I got this time, was a shallow book more appropriate for power users. For example, on pages 200 through 204 we get told all about uploading files, complete with step-by-step click on this and click on that, as well as screen shots. On page 204 we also find out about "Email-enabled document libraries". Here's a chance to provide some technical depth. But what do the authors do? They punt, pointing you at Microsoft's documentation. Speaking of authors, this is one of those book by committee books, and reads like a collection of chapters instead of a book.
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