This article provides the Brief Introduction to SharePoint Server.
You will come to know various Aspects of SharePoint
Microsoft SharePoint products and technologies include browser-based collaboration and a document-management platform. These can be used to host web sites that access shared workspaces and documents, as well as specialized applications like wikis and blogs from a browser. Users can manipulate proprietary controls or pieces of content called web parts to create or modify sites. SharePoint is not intended to replace a full file server. Instead, it is targeted as a collaborative workspace, a tool for the management and automation of business processes, and a platform for social networking.
Different Perspective of sharePoint Server
Technically SharePoint illustrates neatly what Microsoft's .net
strategy is all about: integrating Windows with the Web. Microsoft has
previously made accessing stuff on a PC easier, (Windows) then on a
network (NT) and now on the web (.NET). SharePoint is an application
written to let a user access a web accessible directory tree called the
Web Storage System.
SharePoint was written with a set of technologies that allow
the programmer to pass data, functions, parameters over HTTP, the web's
medium. These are XML, XSL and SOAP, to name a few I understand the
Administering SharePoint mainly consists of setting it up, which is
much easier than you expect, adding the content, which can be just
dragging and dropping in whole directory structures and files, and then
organizing the files better by giving them categories or other
metadata. This is done either through the Web interface or through the
SharePoint Client: a program what means you can access SharePoint as a
Web folder and then right-click files to select options like "edit
profile". Or add files by dragging them in individually or in bulk.
Setting the security is also important, using NT accounts,
either NT4 or Active Directory (or both in mixed mode) you can give
users access to files/folders the same way as you do in standard
Windows. Users can be grouped and the groups given access privileges to
help manage this better.
From a Users perspective SharePoint is a way of making documents and
folders on the Windows platform accessible over the web. The user
visits the SharePoint Portal web page, and from there they can add
documents, change documents & delete documents. Through this
Portal, these documents are now available for discussion,
collaboration, versioning and being managed through a workflow. Hence
the name "Share-Point". Details about the document can be saved too,
such as: who wrote it, when, for whom, its size, and version, category
or target audience. These can then be used to find the document through
SharePoint's Search facility. Even documents not "in" SharePoint can be
included in the search engine's index so they become part of the
portal. All in all, it's a great way to get stuff up on the web for
users with average technical skills, and for administrators to manage
Web parts consist of xml queries to full SharePoint lists or document libraries.
You can also develop your own web parts and web part pages.
Web part zones are what your web parts reside in and help categorize your web
parts when designing a page.
Security can be handled at the machine, domain, or sharepoint level.