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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
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

About the Authors

Spencer Harbar, an MCSD for Microsoft .NET, MCSE and MVP for MCMS, has over twelve years commercial experience of architecture, design, development, deployment, and operational support of web-based applications and hosting platforms for some of Europe's largest organisations.

Spencer maintains an MCMS resources portal, and is active in the public newsgroups. His experience of MCMS goes back to the days of NCompass Resolution, and he has been involved in many enterprise implementations.

Currently working as an independent consultant, Spencer delivers enterprise content management and portal systems architecture, design, development, and deployment solutions, application security best practices, threat modeling, and the implementation of highly available Windows-Server-System-based hosting platforms.

Product expertise includes MCMS, SharePoint Technologies, IIS, SQL Server, Commerce Server and BizTalk Server, Windows Security, PKI, and High Availability.

Selected clients include Barclays Bank, Scottish Power plc, HBOS, Microsoft, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Centrica, Clifford Chance, The Automobile Association, and BASF.

Spencer resides in Edinburgh, UK.

Lim Mei Ying is a Senior Consultant with Avanade and has extensive experience in setting up MCMS systems at the enterprise level. She has spent many hours figuring out the dos and don'ts of the product, and enjoys finding new ways to solve MCMS-related problems.

She contributes actively to the newsgroup community and is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Content Management Server. Mei Ying lives on the sunny island of Singapore and blogs at She also co-authored the earlier book, Building Websites with Microsoft Content Management Server (ISBN 1-904811-16-7, Packt Publishing).

Thanks to my husband, Louis, for the much needed support throughout the many months of writing. Special thanks to my family and friends for their encouragement.

Stefan Goßner works for Microsoft as an Escalation Engineer in the Developer Support department. He provides customers with technical solutions to problems related to Microsoft Internet Server Products. Stefan has a wide understanding of all areas of MCMS.

His contributions to the newsgroup have helped many people to implement MCMS solutions in corporations around the globe to the point where it has been said that if you don't know Stefan, then you're probably new to MCMS.

Stefan maintains a huge MCMS 2002 FAQ on the Microsoft website, and provides MCMS tips and tricks on his personal blog

Stefan has also written the books Building Websites With Microsoft Content Management Server (ISBN 1-904811-16-7, Packt Publishing), and Advanced Microsoft Content Management Server Development (ISBN 1-904811-53-1, Packt Publishing).

He lives in Munich, Germany, and can be reached at

I would like to thank my girlfriend Michaela, for her support throughout months of writing, reviewing, and coding for the book. Also many thanks to my friends in the MCMS Support Teams worldwide and to my friends in the MCMS product team in the US.