Built on top of Windows Server 2003, IIS and ASP.NET, Windows
SharePoint Services is a component of Windows Server 2003 information worker
infrastructure that provides an easy application development and flexible
application deployment platform and facilitates locating and sharing documents in
a distributed and collaborative environment; hence, boosting productivity and
meeting your business challenges. In a sense, Windows SharePoint Services lets
you "share information, collaborate on documents, and collect team
knowledge over the Internet or your corporate network."
It is an upgrade to Windows SharePoint Team Services that is
available as a part of Microsoft FrontPage. SharePoint Team Services is a team
Web site solution that can be instrumental in improving the team integration
and team management activities. You have a host of features: document
libraries, contacts, tasks, discussions, and what not! A SharePoint Team
Services web site is easily customizable and provides a seamless and efficient
collaboration amongst a team of members. Note that Windows SharePoint Services
acts as both a product and a component, i.e., it is available as a free
download product and also comes free with Windows Server 2003. It is also a
component in the sense that it is a part of SharePoint Portal Server 2003.
SharePoint Portal Server is discussed later in this article.
The following are basic features provided by Windows
Document sharing, security, organization, management and
integration in a collaborative environment
Cost-effective and incremental deployment
Seamless integration with other tools
Note that Windows SharePoint Services uses MSDE or Sql
Server as its database to store the site settings, content, documents, etc. for
data security, integrity, manageability and transactional support.
The latest release, Windows SharePoint Services version 3.0,
was released on November 16, 2006 as part of the Microsoft Office 2007 suite
and Windows Server "Longhorn." You can download Windows SharePoint
Services from the links below:
SharePoint Services 2.0 download
SharePoint Services 3.0 Ready to Download!
SharePoint Services Downloads
SharePoint Services 3.0: Software Development Kit (SDK)
Content and Configuration Databases in Windows
Windows SharePoint Services depends on two types of
databases for its operation.
A Content Database that stores the data of one or more Windows
SharePoint Services web sites
A Configuration Database that contains the related configuration
While the configuration database is instrumental in
configuration and administration of all the WSS web sites on a server, the
content database houses the data of one or more Windows SharePoint Services web
sites. The size of the database for Windows SharePoint Services depends on the
number and size of the Windows SharePoint Services web sites that are supported
by the server.
Note that when you install Windows SharePoint Services in
your system, you have multiple content databases, but one configuration
database. Further, when you install SharePoint Portal Server consequently, it
does not use any of these databases; instead, three more databases namely, Portalname_prof,
Portalname_serv and Portalname_site, are created with
the installation of SharePoint Portal Server and it updates the configuration
database created earlier with the installation of Windows SharePoint Services.