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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration Cookbook

By : Peter Serzo
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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration Cookbook

By: Peter Serzo

Overview of this book

Collaboration and content management are the major business needs of every organization in this increasingly global and connected environment. Microsoft SharePoint is a solution to these needs that offers a software platform that facilitates collaboration and provides content management features for the effective implementation of business processes. With a vast amount of functionality available with SharePoint, it is easy to get confused in carrying out administrative tasks. Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration Cookbook starts off by demonstrating the various upgrading and post-upgrading tasks to be performed in SharePoint 2010. Next come recipes for managing SharePoint service-level applications and for monitoring the SharePoint environment. The book introduces one of the best new tools that should be in your arsenal, PowerShell, and the commands you will need to script your tasks with Powershell. Collaboration and content management are the most important features of SharePoint and this book contains many recipes that focus on improving them. Enterprise monitoring and reporting are also covered in detail so that you can ensure that your SharePoint implementation is up and running all the time. You will find recipes to manage and customize SharePoint Search. When you are half way through the book, you will explore more advanced and interesting topics such as customizing and securing the SharePoint environment. You will learn to extend SharePoint to include features similar to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Lastly, the book covers backup and recovery solutions for SharePoint so that you can ensure that your system is protected from data loss and virus attacks.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Visual upgrade

When upgrading your site to SharePoint 2010 from MOSS 2007, there is a significant difference in the user interface (UI). SharePoint 2010 has a new master page that includes new and changed components that must be taken into account when designing the UI. They are:

  • The ribbon

  • Social features such as being able to tag

  • Disappearance of My Links

  • Changes to core.css

These factors may present a challenge when porting the site's look and feel to SharePoint 2010. The business may not have the time and bandwidth to accommodate the changes.

As seen in the upgrade from recipe 2, there is an option to preserve the MOSS 2007 UI in SharePoint 2010.

Then, as the organization is ready for the new look and feel, it can be applied at a site level or at a site collection level. This can be done as a preview and then rolled back. Or the SharePoint 2010 UI can be committed permanently to your site.

Getting ready

The person doing this must be a site collection administrator or site owner, and the upgrade must have been applied with the MOSS 2007 look preserved.

How to do it...

  1. 1. Navigate to the site where the SharePoint 2010 UI will be applied.

  2. 2. Click Site Actions and then Visual Upgrade as seen in the following screenshot:

  3. 3. A screen is presented with three options:

    • Display the Previous SharePoint user interface

    • Preview the new SharePoint user interface (it can be rolled back if there is a problem)

    • Use the new SharePoint user interface (this is permanent)

    Choose the Preview... option.

  4. 4. The site is now presented with the new SharePoint 2010 UI.

  5. 5. To roll the site back or commit the site to the new UI, click Site actions | Visual Upgrade. Choose either of the options: Display the Previous SharePoint user interface or Use the new SharePoint user interface.

How it works...

SharePoint 2010 ships with the MOSS 2007 master pages, application pages, and CSS files. It provides the facility to convert those deprecated layouts to the new UI through the visual upgrade.

This makes sure organizations do not have to make the visual leap to SharePoint 2010 all at one time. It can be phased in and tested properly, ensuring all the UI assets and UI changes function correctly.

There's more...

The visual upgrade can also be done at the site collection level through the administration page. This will allow the site collection administrator to apply the SharePoint 2010 UI to all sites under the Site Collection or hide the visual upgrade from the site owners.

The caveat to doing an upgrade to all sites is there is no preview. Any issues that result in the new UI must be dealt with immediately. There is no changing back to the MOSS 2007 pages.

The steps to achieve this are:

  1. 1. Click Site Actions, Site Settings.

  2. 2. Under the Site Collection Administration, there is an option for visual upgrade. The screenshot is the screen we get:

    Choose either of the following options: Hide Visual Upgrade or Upgrade All Sites.

More info—changing UI version with PowerShell

There are times when a visual upgrade must be rolled back after it has been committed. This may be due to issues with the ribbon or CSS styling. In any event, the upgrade has been made and now the company wants to roll it back.

Using PowerShell, it is possible to change the look back to MOSS 2007. Use the following snippet to change the look back for a single site:

$web = Get-SPWeb http://server/site
$web.UIVersion = 3
$web.UIVersionConfigurationEnabled = $true