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Michael Noel, MCITP: Michael has been involved in the computer industry for nearly two decades, and has significant real-world experience helping organizations realize business value from information technology infrastructure. Michael has authored several major best-selling industry books translated into 10 languages, with a total worldwide circulation of more than 250,000 copies.  Significant titles include SharePoint 2007 Unleashed, Exchange Server 2007 Unleashed, Windows Server 2008 Unleashed, ISA Server 2006 Unleashed, SharePoint 2003 Unleashed, and many more.  Currently a partner at Convergent Computing in the San Francisco Bay area, Michael's writings and worldwide public speaking experience leverage his real-world expertise designing, deploying, and administering IT infrastructure for his clients.


Colin Spence, MCP: Colin is a partner at Convergent Computing and performs in the roles of senior consultant, project manager, and technical writer for the organization. He focuses on the design, implementation, and support of Microsoft-based technology solutions, with a current focus on Microsoft SharePoint technologies. He has more than 17 years of experience providing a wide range of IT-related services to a wide range of organizations. He is a co-author of Microsoft SharePoint 2003 Unleashed, which has become a bestseller on the subject, and Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft SharePoint 2003 in 10 Minutes. He has also contributed to several other Sams Publishing titles on Microsoft technologies.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (April 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672329476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672329470
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,692,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 or MOSS2007 is actually a powerful set of building blocks that can be used for numerous things in organizations of almost any size. (Size matters as you do need to be able to afford the licenses for MOSS, Windows Server and SQL Server.) Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Unleashed does justice to the scope of the product it's covering.

At over 776 pages, the book is as large as the subject. Since Microsoft's documentation is still somewhat sparse, it's also a very good thing that this book is as thorough as it is. Does it cover everything? I don't think that's possible. What it does cover though is thorough and for the things I've checked, accurate. It is especially helpful in areas where Microsoft has not been so helpful. For example in the use of the stsadm.exe command line tool. While Microsoft's on-line documentation (you have to visit Microsoft Technet sites to get this information - it doesn't come with the software) describes the technique and has sample syntax, the descriptions and samples are in the form of a "man" page: sparse in detail and often unclear in practice. Following Microsoft's docs requires trial and error. Noel and Spence provide concise examples and samples, including a whole script for automating backup. (I haven't tried the script yet, but even it it needs tweaking, it will be very helpful.)

What's missing? Hard to say, but there's one web part that's installed as part of the default MOSS setup: "I need..." This appears to be a type of search/navigation tool, but I can't find it described anywhere, nor can I find out how to configure and use it. Not at Microsoft, and not in this book nor another book I'm reviewing.
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So far I have read 5 books about SharePoint 2007. This is my fifth book in this subject. This book is different. This book is for IT system administrators and not for developers. However, as a consultant for SharePoint 2007 development, I find that this book reveals the administration considerations I usually ignore. Therefore, my review is based on the uniqueness of this book.

1. This book is an excellent resource for system administrators. It covers most of SharePoint administration I can think of. In addition, the authors provide guide lines for SharePoint migration, the integration of SharePoint 2007 / Exchange 2007 / ISA 2006 / Forefront, and farm planning. These are the gems of this book. You can not afford to skip the chapters about application of Exchange/ISA/Forefront in Internet SharePoint 2007 environment.

1. Tables and Figures are printed in small fonts. I would prefer a bigger font size.
2. This book is around 800 pages, and is written for system administrators. If you are a developer, you might be disappointed because there are only a few lines of code.
3. The authors discuss the SharePoint infra-structure including Exchange/ISA/Forefront. However, the lab environment is not designed that way. So the readers who want to do exercise might be disappointed.

My personal recommendation: If you are MOSS and WSS administrator, you must have this book. If you are a versatile consultant, this book should be a good reference on your book shelf. If you are a pure hand-on developer and new to SharePoint, you might opt to choose code-intensive books such as Inside SharePoint Service 3.0 by Ted Pattison.

I rate the book four stars.
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I bought this book as it is a complete overview of every aspect of a Sharepoint 2007 implementation than any other book I have. It covers best practices for everything from what kind of site template to use to what are the best security methods for your SQL database. Very thorough and the best book on Sharepoint 2007 out there. It is in depth enough to get the job done but not so deep that there isn't room for the entire project plan of a Sharepoint implementation.

If you are like me and the ONLY resource in your company for installing, implementing, administering and rolling out Sharepoint, this is the book for you.
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Anyone who works with MOSS, or even WSS v3 should have this on the desk. The authors start with a good overview of what SharePoint is, what problems it was designed to solve, and how it does so. Then the authors go into the planning that should occur prior to beginning a deployment, (remember that with SharePoint the three most important issues in deploying and architecting are planning, planning, and planning), then into installing the system. Anyone planning to rollout a significant SharePoint deployment would do well to read and study the first section of this book. At almost 800 pages this book is quite weighty, but deservedly so.

The following sections go through the various parts of the product. Given the breadth of SharePoint it is hard to conceive of any one book that can cover the full gamut, however this one comes close. If I have any criticism of this book it is that there is not enough depth, there is little or no coverage of development topics, and there are parts where they say that something can be done, but go into no explanation as to who to do it, even if it is pointing in the right direction. The first two complaints are a bit unfair in that this is not a development book, and, again given the richness and depth of the product, there is no way that a single piece of literature can give all the details, even though this book comes as close as is humanly possible. The last is a very irritating thing to me. Often all I need to learn a new technology is a simple, Hello World type approach, getting some traction, then doing the research to get where I want to get to.

Other than that this book covers all the important areas such as Records Management, Search, Office integration, management of deployments, and on and on. With all l that is in this book, and minimum research, an administrator will have the information necessary to do most of what he or she needs to accomplish, as well as how to keep that system running at optimal levels.
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