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Take advantage of SharePoint Server 2010 search capabilities from SharePoint Server 2007 by doing a search-first migration

Upgrading to Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 from SharePoint Server 2007 provides significant enhancements in enterprise search capability. This includes many improvements for end users when they issue search queries and view search results. You can find a summary of these enhancements in  What’s new in enterprise search (SharePoint Server 2010).

However, due to policy or resource constraints, organizations sometimes aren’t in a position to complete an upgrade all at once. If this sounds like your organization, you can still set your end users up to take advantage of search capabilities of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 from your existing SharePoint Server 2007 deployment by performing a search-first migration.  

To perform such a migration, you deploy a new SharePoint Server 2010 farm and configure it for search. You reproduce the existing SharePoint Server 2007 farm search settings in the new farm, and then configure the SharePoint Server 2007 farm to forward search queries to the new farm. For this migration you don’t migrate content databases to the new SharePoint Server 2010 farm, for example, or configure any functionality in the new farm that isn’t related to search.

After the search-first migration, your users can take advantage of SharePoint Server 2010 query features and search-results features right from your SharePoint Server 2007 farm! These new query features include prefix matching, Boolean query syntax, phonetic name matching, and query suggestions. Search-results features include results refinement, social tags integration, and relevance improvements. And your users continue to use the existing SharePoint Server 2007 deployment for SharePoint functionality other than search.

Your organization can complete the remainder of the product upgrade at any time that is convenient, but the enhancements that your users gain in search capability will probably give your business decision makers an incentive to fully adopt SharePoint Server 2010 as soon as possible!

You can find a full description of the search-first migration process in this series of articles on TechNet. Read the articles, try out the process, and let us know how it goes!

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Conservation International leans on SharePoint as a major component to their digital marketing strategy


Authors: Alex Dinnouti and Lindsay Walter-Cox, Conservation International

Conservation International is a non-governmental organization that works to ensure a healthy and productive planet for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy and field work, Conservation International is applying smart solutions to protect the resources that we all depend on.

Conservation.org  has a  small web team of 3 full-time staff to manage and produce content. They support more than 20  staff members in different parts of the organization with different backgrounds to produce web pages and respond quickly to demands.
Rather than have all the content go through the hands of the web-team, the non-technical staff can use SharePoint to create their content and submit it to the web-team for review and approval. One advantage of this decentralized and empowering approach is that staff can quickly correct errors or make essential changes without encountering bottleneck. Staff enjoy the ease of using SharePoint in many countries and with many languages, and the flexibility of interacting with the CMS differently depending on their skill level.
Non-technical staff can also expand their assigned section by adding pages or sub-sites with minimal training and web team involvement. This allows content to be not only developed creatively, but implemented on the web in-country or within the department.

The website was built with the collaboration of Portal Solutions, a Gold Microsoft partner in digital marketing, and portals and collaboration.




Published: 3/15/2011 10:18 AM

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Computer staff recruiting question?

Obviously I do not need YOU!! to answer as if you were in an interview, but give me some sort of indication of what I should expect to hear or be looking out for would be appreciated

Describe the process you would go through in order to roll out a software package using both Active Directory and Group Policy.

Can you explain the function of a firewall?

Do you have any experience with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007? If so, can you explain how you have used it in the past?

Can you explain the disaster recovery process that you had in place in a previous position?

Can you explain the major differences between a switch and hub?

You are in the office dealing with a damaged staff laptop, when the phone rings. It’s an irate user telling you they’ve run out of printer credit. At the same time one of the servers starts beeping an alarm signal. How do you deal with this situation?

Describe some form of network documentation you have produced in the past
Any scenario solutions appreciated

Sincere THANKS to all answers,
I need to make it clear I am NOT!!! seeking answers for myself on how to answer the above Q’s
I have done my time in the trenches
Am looking ofr serious answers of other opions from people.

Chosen Answer:

Well if I was interviewing you I would expect to hear accurate answers to the factual questions and then would follow up with (initially) one or two questions to verify your understanding. If you stumble on those questions a couple more would be offered to give you a chance to recover.

With the opinion type questions I would expect to get a rational answer from you and then you would be asked to defend your answer by answering provocative questions.

Remember that the interviewer will be trying to find out what you do know rather than what you don’t know and that they probably have a prior view of what answer they expect.

At the same time they will be evaluating you for how you would fit into their company and work team.

Good luck.
by: Fred Flintstone
on: 29th November 08