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SGUDC SharePoint Conference WSS vs. MOSS what are the differences?. Daniel Cohen-Dumani, CEO Portal Solutions, LLC. Agenda. Introduction What is WSS – Windows SharePoint Services What is MOSS – Microsoft Office SharePoint Server Standard Edition Enterprise Edition

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sgudc sharepoint conference wss vs moss what are the differences

SGUDC SharePoint ConferenceWSS vs. MOSS what are the differences?

Daniel Cohen-Dumani, CEO

Portal Solutions, LLC

  • Introduction
  • What is WSS – Windows SharePoint Services
  • What is MOSS – Microsoft Office SharePoint Server
    • Standard Edition
    • Enterprise Edition
  • What are the differences?
    • Feature
    • Licensing
  • What is SharePoint?
  • SharePoint is a family of products by Microsoft that aims at providing a center for collaboration within an organization. 
  • SharePoint is a foundation product to implement and build collaborative applications, document management solutions, intranet, extranet and public facing web sites
    • SharePoint umbrella of product includes:
      • Windows SharePoint Services (WSS v3)
      • Office SharePoint Server (MOSS 2007)
a little bit of history

A little bit of history

Office SharePoint Server 2007

Portal, Web Content Management, and More

Windows SharePoint Services “v3”

Content Management Server 2002

SharePoint Portal Server 2003

Windows SharePoint Services “v2”

SharePoint Team Services “v1”

SharePoint Portal Server 2001

introduction to wss
Introduction to WSS
  • Windows SharePoint Services is an extension to Windows Server 2003 providing a next generation web based file system that allows to create a hierarchy of collaboration oriented sites
    • Document management capabilities (check-in, check-out, versioning,
    • Web based access to files
    • Structured list tracking (tasks, announcements, …)
    • Site Management and security
    • Specialized workspace
    • Basic full text search

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anatomy of a wss site
Anatomy of a WSS site


Announcement board



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  • WSS Site
    • Team Site
    • Blog
    • Meeting Workspace

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what and when to use wss for
What and when to use WSS for?
  • Web Based Team collaboration
  • Need for content categorization and document management like feature
    • Versioning
    • Check-in, check-out
    • Content categorization
  • Remote access to files
  • Store structured content
    • News, Announcements, Task Lists, Issues
  • Communicate with a team
  • Basic extranet capabilities

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what to be aware of
What to be aware of?
  • SharePoint storage relies on Microsoft SQL Server
  • Backup and Restore is integrated with the product but not granular
  • Number of sites can grow quickly and become difficult to control and access

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introduction to moss
Introduction to MOSS
  • MOSS is a product built on top of WSS. It introduces 5 key new features not found in WSS
    • Advanced Search Capabilities
    • Personalized, People-Centric Portal Services
    • Enterprise Content Management
    • Business Process Integration
    • Business Intelligence and Integration with Back-End Line of Business Application

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wss to moss site upgrade
WSS to MOSS site upgrade
  • Demonstration
    • MOSS are set of “features” build on top of WSS
    • It can be activated on a site by site basis

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sharepoint products and technologies microsoft office sharepoint server 2007


ServicesWorkspaces, Mgmt,

Security, Storage,

Topology, Site Model

SharePoint Products and TechnologiesMicrosoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

Server-based Excel spreadsheets and data visualization, Report Center, BI Web Parts, KPIs/Dashboards

Docs/tasks/calendars, blogs, wikis, e-mail integration, project management “lite”, Outlook integration, offline docs/lists




Enterprise Portal template, Site Directory, My Sites, social networking, privacy control

Rich and Web forms based front-ends, LOB actions, enterprise SSO






Integrated document management, records management, and Web content management with policies and workflow

Enterprise scalability,

contextual relevance, rich

people and business data search

  • Portal & Web Content Management
    • Organization wide content categorization (intranet)
      • Web-based content management
    • Web Parts provide dynamic and interactive functionality
    • Multi-language support
    • User profiling and expertise locator
    • Self service access to content
  • Web Content Management
    • Designed for Internet and published sites
    • New Web and Word authoring capabilities
    • New content deployment and publishing tools
enterprise search
Enterprise Search
  • Enterprise Search
    • Built-in search with scoping and result relevance
    • Can index and search SharePoint, file shares, Exchange public folders, internal and external web sites, Line of Business applications and external sources
    • Security trimmed
    • Compete with Google Search Appliance
    • Available as a standalone product
enterprise content management
Enterprise Content Management
  • Policy and Compliance
    • Centrally controlled auditing, expiration & retention policies
    • Archival, retention and regulatory compliance
    • E-mail content as records
    • Records Management Template
business process integration1
Business Process Integration
  • Forms & Process Management
    • Create online business forms (expense report, vacation request, etc.) with workflow and business process automations
      • Forms include calendars, repeating fields, validation
      • Route through workflow & report through SharePoint
    • Rapidly develop and deploy form solutions in the enterprise
    • Available as a standalone product
business intelligence dashboards
Business Intelligence/Dashboards
  • Business Intelligence/Dashboards
    • Publish interactive Excel documents to render in a browser
    • Create dashboards with reports, Excel documents & KPI’s
    • Centralize DB connections
    • Expose Excel formulas as web services
    • Connect to external LOB applications

KPI Web Parts

Browser based excel documents

Data visualization of Excel 2007


“Actions” allow you to perform changes to LOB data

OOTB Web parts allow you connect o back end data

Data can come from any business system

when to use moss
When to use MOSS
  • Organization wide intranet or portal
  • Need people search and content targeting
  • Need advanced search capabilities (external content crawling)
  • Need for Enterprise Content Management
  • Need for Forms automation (Forms Server)
  • Need for Integration with line of Business data (BDC)

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what are the differences licensing
What are the differences – Licensing?
  • WSS is licensed with Windows Server 2003
    • Virtually free
    • SQL backend must be licensed or use SQL Express
  • MOSS is licensed on a per server basis and per user basis
    • Complex licensing
    • 1 MOSS Server license per server where MOSS is licensed
    • 1 Client Access License for each user (Standard or Standard + Enterprise)
    • For external use, Internet licensing is available

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what we have learned
What we have learned
  • For small deployment or jumpstart, deploy WSS and upgrade to MOSS later
  • For extranet deployment consider WSS only. Rarely are MOSS features necessary for extranet deployment. MOSS Extranet licensing is expensive
  • Create a road-map with business stakeholders
  • Deploy incrementally
  • Expect and plan for growth (and disaster recovery)
  • MOSS learning curve is steep (Microsoft implementation guide is 800 pages)

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  • Questions

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thank you

Thank you

Contact Information:

Daniel Cohen-Dumani