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October 31, 2008

Essential Business Server With A Side of SharePoint

For anyone who's ever had to administer a SharePoint installation, that management add-in is a site for sore eyes. I mean, sight.

The official SharePoint Services Add-In for Essential Business Server was just released.

Not only does it install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP1, it also integrates SharePoint managment into EBS’ fantabulous Administration Console

Here are a couple things to keep in mind when installing:

  • The add-in can only manage an instance of SharePoint that has been installed on the Management Server. You can still install SharePoint on another server, but the Administration Console won’t be able to touch it.
  • The add-in won’t install if SharePoint Services is already installed on the Management Server. You will need to uninstall SharePoint on the Management Server first, then install the add-in.
  • If available, use a SQL database for your SharePoint installation. Trust me on this. You can thank me later.

You can grab the add-in here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=34fd138a-f3e9-4ea0-ae60-dad4b8dab7ec&displaylang=en&tm

The core value of Essential Business Server is the inclusion of management features of a level rarely seen in its target market. So if you’re like me and have been putting Essential Business Server through its paces, go get your SharePoint on to really see what EBS’ heralded Add-In support is all about.

I’ll be posting up my results with it when I get a chance to wring it out some.

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