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Our company is looking for a webspace to share out meetings, calendars, documents, etc. I have heard some thing about SharePoint. Currently are servers are mixed between Windows 2000 Advanced Server and Windows Server 2003. From what I understand, Sharepoint can only run on Windows Server 2003 which should not be an issue.

The question I have is can I just download the Windows Sharepoint Services and use that for our needs? I know that is a free download.

Is there anything else we might need?
 

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So we would need to have the SharePoint Portal Server for it to work properly? I was looking at this part from the Microsoft website.

Windows SharePoint Services is a versatile technology included in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 that enables organizations and business units of all sizes to increase the efficiency of business processes and improve team productivity. With tools for collaboration that help people stay connected across organizational and geographic boundaries, Windows SharePoint Services gives people access to documents and information they need. With a familiar, Web-based interface and close integration with everyday tools including the Microsoft Office system of productivity programs, Windows SharePoint Services is easy to use and can be deployed rapidly. Users can create workspaces and then publish, store, share, and keep track of information, workflow, and documents.

Built on Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Windows SharePoint Services also gives organizations a cost-effective foundation platform for building Web-based business applications that can scale easily to meet the changing and growing needs of your business. Robust administrative controls for managing storage and Web infrastructure give IT departments a cost-effective way to implement and manage a high-performance collaboration environment
 

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k. So it's included with your server software. Cool. You said "free download" -- that's what I caught.

Anyway, you might want to move to the internet or developer forums. This is application software (business), not web stuff. :)
 

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You can download WSS for FREE. I do believe they have relesed version 2 and it has very good integration with the new version of Office that is coming out.
 

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You still need to purchase client access licenses. Also, although it probably isn't mentioned, SharePoint has pretty hefty needs to run properly for several users. We currently use SharePoint. Some of our unanticipated purchases was a hefty 2003 server to run it on, a SQL server to run the database, and a SAN to hold the database. We needed 16 TB.

Courtney sends....

P.S. You access SharePoint through your web browser.
 

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Yea, I suppose the databse is a must. WSS is free and is licensed by your normal user CALs.

16TB of data for Sharepoint?? WHat is this, a major multi-national conglomerate? :)
 

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They actually have a version 3 out but it looks like the system requirements are much more stringent....I will probably download version 2 and see how it goes...We definitley want to keep things as simple as possible
 
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