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Sharepoint Deployment and configuration

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Hi All

I have been tasked with overseeing the installation and configuration of a new sharepoint serve, and just need to be pointed in the correct direction to get me up to speed on this technology (I won't be carrying out the work personnally - but due to a failed previous contract we are rather nervous about giving someone free reign over our hardware).

We intend to use Sharepoint for our intranet and hope to deploy a searchable knowledge base for our Support department.
Could someone advise or point me in the right direction for how this needs to be set up or configured to implement these features?

Previous attempts failed on getting the search functionality to work

Thanks in advance

Steve
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Steve,

You have put in charge of a daunting task.  I have been working with SharePoint for almost 8 years now.  The first place I would suggest is Technet (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee667264.aspx).  That is the starting point.  There is a LOT of information there.  I also suggest Microsoft Press: SharePoint 2007 Best Practices book.  Most everything in that book can be directly or indirectly used in SharePoint 2010.  The last time I spoke with Bill English and Ben Curry, the SharePoint 2010 Best Practices book is coming, just not here yet.  Understandable, considering you need to put the software through its paces, before you find some of the Best Practices.

I have been consulting for 6 1/2 years as a SharePoint architect.  One of the biggest things I suggest you do is create a governance document.  At minimal a straw doll to put some basic bounderies on the envrionment.  SharePoint is very easy to use, VERY easy, and without bounderies it will go viral on you.  The new workforce of Generation X and younger has been around the internet since its inception.  Some were born after the internet was 'unleashed'.  They know web applications.  SharePoint is a very easy to understand web application.

I am sorry about your failed contract.  You do have to be very careful.  A lot of people out there say they know SharePoint, however, the application is now ore of a platform that spreads its tendrils in multiple areas of your network.  Put together right, its a phenominal tool that can not only help your information workers become more productive, but decrease the cost of applications, by application consolidation.  It would be best to bring someone in with a lot of expereince with SharePoint from Architcture to Implemenation to help you design and deplay a solution that will benifit you and your company.  There are, in comparison to the number of companies that use SharePoint, very few people who fit this bill.
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