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Enhancing Microsoft Content Management Server with ASP.NET 2.0

By : Lim Mei Ying, Spencer Harbar, Stefan Gossner
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Enhancing Microsoft Content Management Server with ASP.NET 2.0

By: Lim Mei Ying, Spencer Harbar, Stefan Gossner

Overview of this book

The release of Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS) Service Pack 2 opens up the world of ASP.NET 2.0 to MCMS developers. Written by the masters of MCMS, this book shows you how to use the new features of ASP.NET 2.0 that everyone is talking about in your MCMS development. You will first learn how to install and configure MCMS SP2. There are two approaches to setting up a development environment for SP2: an upgrade from a previous SP1a installation or starting from scratch and building a fresh installation including SP2. Of course, both approaches are covered. You will become familiar with the MCMS Service Pack 2 development environment, and create custom Visual Studio 2005 templates to overcome some of the issues which are present with the templates shipped with MCMS SP2. After that, its time to look at some of the most exciting features of ASP.NET 2.0, and how you can make use of them in MCMS: master pages, site navigation, themes, and the membership provider model. One of the coolest features introduced with ASP.NET 2.0 is master pages, which allow developers to enforce common layout and behaviour across pages within an application. You will learn about the benefits of using master pages and see a step-by-step guide for implementing them in your MCMS applications, where they become master templates! ASP.NET 2.0 introduces a whole new way of implementing site navigation, driven by site maps. By programmatically adding channels and postings to a site map you will see how to smoothly integrate these controls to any MCMS site. To customize the look of your site, we will see how a common look and feel can be applied efficiently to a MCMS site by using ASP.NET 2.0 themes. An essential customization required for themes to work correctly in an MCMS site is a must-read feature of this chapter. MCMS has its own role based authorization and user management system which cannot be extended. However, the new ASP.NET 2.0 Membership Provider Model and the shipped controls can be used within MCMS applications to improve the implementation of Forms Authentication and provide a more elegant solution for authenticating against an external store. A collection of tips and tricks round off the book, including using the Provider Model design pattern to ease migration to Office SharePoint Portal Server
Table of Contents (12 chapters)
Enhancing Microsoft Content Management Server with ASP.NET 2.0
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Chapter 1. Installation

In this chapter we walk you through the installation and configuration of MCMS 2002 Service Pack 2 (SP2), along with SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 on a single developer workstation. In addition, we will cover the changes to the SP2 development environment and a number of tips for working within it.

This chapter assumes you are already familiar with the steps necessary to install MCMS 2002 SP1a as detailed in depth in the previous book, Building Websites with Microsoft Content Management Server from Packt Publishing, January 2005 (ISBN 1-904811-16-7).

There are two approaches to setting up a development environment for SP2: upgrading from a previous SP1a installation, or starting from scratch and building a fresh installation including SP2. We will cover both approaches in this chapter.

For the examples in this book, we will be using Windows XP Professional SP2 as our development workstation. However, where there are significant differences for a Windows Server 2003 SP1 machine, those will be noted. All examples assume the logged-on user is a local machine administrator.

Overview of MCMS 2002 Service Pack 2

As with other Microsoft Service Packs, one major purpose of SP2 is to provide an integrated installation for a large number of previously released hotfixes. SP2 will now be a prerequisite for any future hotfix releases.

While many customers will view SP2 as a regular Service Pack, it also offers support for the latest development platform and tools from Microsoft, namely SQL Server 2005, .NET Framework 2.0 and ASP.NET 2.0, and Visual Studio 2005:

  • SQL Server 2005: MCMS databases can be hosted by SQL Server 2005, offering numerous advantages in security, deployment, and most significantly, performance.

  • .NET Framework 2.0 and ASP.NET 2.0: MCMS applications can be hosted within the .NET Framework 2.0 runtime, and take advantage of v2.0 language features as well as security and performance improvements. In addition, many of the new features of ASP.NET 2.0 such as master pages, themes, navigation, and Membership Providers can be used. This provides numerous opportunities to both refine and refactor MCMS applications, and is the primary focus of this book.

  • Visual Studio 2005: MCMS applications can be developed using Visual Studio 2005. One of the greatest advantages here is the use of the new HTML-editing and designer features in VS.NET along with improved developer productivity.

If you wish, you can continue to use SQL Server 2000 for your MCMS applications. However, we recommend upgrading to SQL Server 2005 and will use it throughout the examples in this book.

There are numerous versions or Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) of Visual Studio 2005, all of which are supported with SP2. Throughout the examples in this book, we will be using Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition.


Unfortunately, SP2 is not a cumulative service pack and therefore requires an existing installation of SP1a. Likewise, there is no slipstreamed distribution of SP2. The SP2 distribution is suitable for all editions of MCMS.

Mainly due to the extremely fast preparation and release of SP2 following the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of .NET 2.0, Visual Studio 2005, and SQL Server 2005, the Microsoft installation information (KB906145) isn't particularly well documented and is somewhat confusing. Rest assured that the guidance in this chapter has been verified and tested for both installation scenarios covered.