Colleagues, Social Distance & Relevance in People Search; Social Networking tools

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. MOSS provides some very powerful features to enable the new buzzword “social networking.”  Discussions about these can be found pretty easily, and I give an overview of some tools near the end of this posting.  But specifics about how some of the details work has…

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Scaling My Sites; How Many My Sites per Content DB?

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. I’ve worked with several companies who have between 100,000 and 200,000 employees.  Naturally, they want to architect a solution for MySites that can accommodate everyone in the company.  TechNet has information in the Plan for software boundaries article, but a few numbers are ambiguous or…

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Modifying My Site Owner Security

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. When someone creates a MySite, they are automatically given full control of that site.  More accurately: a MySite is a site collection; the creator becomes the first & only Site Collection Administrator; the creator is made a member of the Owners group.  Some people feel…

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My Site Pages and Architecture

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. MySites are very interesting on many levels.  When you start to think about how to architect, deploy or customize them, you may encounter some initial confusion and a lack of detailed information.  For instance, did you know that your MySite’s Home page and the My…

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Where is My Picture stored? What if My Sites are off?

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010. MOSS 2007 MOSS user profiles have a property called Picture, which can store the URL of an image file.  When this property is filled in, other MOSS features display the user’s picture at useful times: in search results, or on a My Site. …

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Managing My Site Creation and Usage

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Permissions may be tailored to control creation My Sites separately from the ability to use the My Profile page.  This allows creation of My Sites to be blocked, but still allow users to access their own profile information, and to search for and view profiles…

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