Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies provide a host of features and functionalities for Collaboration, Portal, Search, Enterprise Content Management, Forms Driven Business Process, and Business Intelligence.
All SharePoint servers inherit a set of shared platform and management capabilities from Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, as follows:
- Collaboration—Help to keep teams
connected and productive by providing easy access to the people,
documents, and information that users need to make well-informed
decisions within their jobs. SharePoint Products and Technologies
include collaboration and community, document life-cycle
capabilities, task notifications, Really Simple Syndication (RSS),
the basic Web-based user interface, and navigation.
- Portal—The portal components of Office
SharePoint Server 2007 include features that are useful for
designing, deploying, and managing enterprise intranet portals,
corporate Internet presence Web sites, and divisional portal
- Search—The search component provides a
consistent and familiar search experience, increased relevance of
search results, and new functionalities, along with improved
scalability, manageability, and extensibility.
- Enterprise Content Management—Windows
SharePoint Services provide core document management functionality.
These include major and minor versioning, check-in/check-out
document locking, rich descriptive metadata, workflow, content
type–based policies, auditing, and role-based access controls at
the document library, folder, and individual document levels.
Office SharePoint Server 2007 builds on these capabilities to
deliver enhanced authoring, business document processing, Web
content management and publishing, records management, policy
management, and support for multilingual publishing.
- Forms Driven Business
Process—Streamline forms-driven business processes with
easy-to-use, intelligent, XML-based electronic forms that integrate
smoothly with existing systems. This security-enhanced,
client/server platform provides rapid-solution creation and
deployment, centralizes form management and maintenance, and helps
to extend business processes to customers, partners, and
- Business Intelligence—Provide business
intelligence (BI) capabilities to every employee, so that they can
share, control, and reuse business information, in order to make
better business decisions. The BI features of Office SharePoint
Server 2007 provide Web and programmatic access to published
Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheets, programmatic reuse of critical
line-of-business data, and easy development of Web-based BI
dashboards that can incorporate rich, data-bound key performance
indicators (KPIs), Web Parts, and published spreadsheets.
|Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) provides full compatibility with the Alternate Access Mappings feature of SharePoint Products and Technologies.|
With the release of Forefront UAG Service Pack 1, any SharePoint libraries that you have protected with Information Rights Management (IRM) using Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) can be accessed through Forefront UAG. To access IRM libraries through Forefront UAG, you must publish your SharePoint server and your AD RMS server.
Forefront UAG provides three application templates that you can publish to provide access to your internal SharePoint Products and Technologies:
- Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010—Provides access to your
SharePoint Server 2010 using alternate access mappings to allow the
SharePoint server to perform URL changes on its own. This ensures
that reverse proxies, such as Forefront UAG, do not need to change
the content of the pages they serve to external sources.
- Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007—Provides access
to your SharePoint Server 2007 using alternate access mappings to
allow the SharePoint server to perform URL changes on its own. This
ensures that reverse proxies, such as Forefront UAG, do not need to
change the content of the pages they serve to external sources.
- Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003—Provides access to
your SharePoint portal server using host address translation