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Building Portals, Intranets, and Corporate Web Sites Using Microsoft Servers

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Building Portals, Intranets, and Corporate Web Sites Using Microsoft Servers is the practical guide to designing, developing, and implementing Web portals using Microsoft servers and the .NET Framework. James J. Townsend provides portal development teams with a working developer's overview of the concepts, technologies, and products used in building successful corporate portals. Readers learn how to create a portal architecture based on Microsoft .NET and integrate multiple server technologies and components to create a powerful portal solution.

After introducing basic concepts in portal development, Townsend describes the Microsoft portal strategy and the importance of Web services to .NET. Readers become familiar with the .NET portal framework and the roles of Microsoft's SQL Server, Commerce Server (MCS), SharePoint Portal Server, BizTalk Server, Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server, Content Management Server (MCMS), and related technologies. Key topic coverage includes security feature integration, personalization, content management, enterprise application integration (EAI), collaboration features, providing full search capability, and achieving scalability. A companion Web site features all the source code used in examples throughout the book.

This book provides practical development advice in answer to questions commonly faced by portal developers, such as:

  • When does it make sense to develop or deploy a Web service? Page 87

  • Is there a straightforward way to mitigate almost all potential security risks? Page 197

  • How do you get the most out of personalization? Page 266

  • How can you measure the return on investment for content management? Page 269

  • Which is the best online conferencing solution for your organization? Page 403

  • When and how should you scale up and/or out? Page 446

  • Building Portals, Intranets, and Corporate Web Sites Using Microsoft Servers shows you how to choose and integrate the right products and build the best portal for your organization.



    Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
    2. Praise for Building Portals, Intranets, and Corporate Web Sites Using Microsoft Servers
    3. Preface
    4. Acknowledgments
    5. Introduction to Portals
      1. Rise of the Portal
      2. Portal Definitions
      3. Types of Portals
      4. Benefits of Portals
      5. Attributes of Portals
      6. Summary
    6. Portal Elements
      1. Look-and-Feel
      2. Security
      3. User Profile
      4. Personalization
      5. Taxonomy
      6. Application Integration
      7. Database and Other Repositories
      8. Support for Transactions
      9. Collaboration Tools
      10. Multichannel Support
      11. Search Engine
      12. Portal Solution Requirements Table
      13. Putting the .NET Portal Together
    7. Microsoft's Portal Strategy
      1. The Microsoft Portal Perspective
      2. Microsoft Office Group
      3. Microsoft Enterprise Software Group
      4. Microsoft Online Properties
      5. Fundamental Portal Elements
      6. Optional Portal Elements
      7. Third-Party Portal Elements
      8. Future Evolution of Portal Platform to Jupiter and Beyond
      9. Migration of Server Products to .NET
      10. Conclusion: A Two-Pronged Portal Approach
    8. Web Services
      1. Life Before Web Services
      2. Current Technologies
      3. Defining Web Services
      4. Choosing to Deploy a Web Service
      5. Fitting Web Services into the Portal
      6. Sample Web Service
      7. Web Service Benefits
      8. Conclusion
    9. Portal Framework—.NET
      1. The Fundamentals of .NET
      2. Building Blocks of the .NET Framework
      3. .NET Versus Other Approaches
      4. Portal Architecture
      5. Portal Framework
      6. Conclusion
    10. Security Services
      1. Building Blocks of Secure Applications
      2. Authentication and Authorization Flow
      3. IIS Authentication Methods
      4. ASP.NET Authentication Methods
      5. Web Services Authentication
      6. ASP.NET Process Identity
      7. Code Access Security and the .NET Framework
      8. Microsoft SQL Server Security
      9. Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000
      10. Designing a Security Strategy
      11. Security Model Changes in Windows Server 2003
      12. Example: Securing an Intranet or Extranet Portal
      13. Conclusion
    11. User Profiles
      1. Identifying Key User Groups
      2. Registration Methods
      3. Creating User Profiles with Self-Registration
      4. Self-Registration with Commerce Server 2002
      5. Profile Information
      6. Administering the Profile
      7. Tracking Anonymous Users
      8. Defining SPS Profiles
      9. SharePoint Audiences
      10. SharePoint Single Sign-On
      11. Analyzing Profile and Data
      12. Conclusion: Taking the Next Step with Profiles
    12. Personalization
      1. Personalization Cycle
      2. Creating Content for Personalization
      3. Personalizing Home Page Content
      4. Subscriptions, Notifications, and Alerts
      5. Advertising Based on Profiles
      6. Conclusion: Getting More Out of Personalization
    13. Content Management
      1. Measuring Return on Investment for Content Management
      2. Content Management Options
      3. Site Framework for Content Management
      4. Content Management Server Overview
      5. Site Framework for Content Management Server
      6. Starting the Portal Site in MCMS
      7. Creating Templates
      8. Content Creation and Approval Process
      9. Defining Channels
      10. Multilingual Sites
      11. Web Page Workflow Implementation
      12. Enabling Security on MCMS
      13. .NET and Web Services Integration
      14. Content Management in SharePoint
      15. Integrating SharePoint with Microsoft Content Management Server
      16. Custom Content Management
      17. Conclusion
    14. Developing Portal Taxonomy
      1. What Is Taxonomy?
      2. Taxonomy Concepts
      3. Context Specificity of Taxonomy
      4. Taxonomy Best Practices
      5. Implementing a Taxonomy
      6. Instantiating a Taxonomy
      7. Conclusion: Business Value of the Taxonomy
    15. Integrating Line-of-Business Applications
      1. Integration Concepts
      2. Providing Intelligent Forms
      3. SharePoint Portal Server and EAI
      4. Integration with Custom Code
      5. BizTalk Concepts
      6. BizTalk Workflow
      7. Accelerators and Third-Party Tools
      8. Benefits of Business Integration
      9. Conclusion
    16. Collaboration in the Enterprise Portal
      1. Collaboration Checklist
      2. The Human Side of Collaboration
      3. SharePoint Version 2 Paradigm
      4. Windows SharePoint Services and SharePoint Portal Server
      5. Creating a Basic Collaboration Site
      6. Creating a Discussion Board
      7. Document Management
      8. Project Teams
      9. Enabling Self-Service Site Creation
      10. Online Conferencing
      11. Understanding Web Parts
      12. Conclusion: Integrating SharePoint Portal Server with Content Management Server
      13. Additional Resources
    17. Search Engine
      1. Search Concepts
      2. Microsoft Indexing Service
      3. Managing Search Settings in SharePoint Portal Server
      4. Managing Search Schedules
      5. Managing Search Scopes
      6. Managing Keywords
      7. Scaling Up Your Search Solution
      8. Extending Search
      9. Conclusion
    18. Scalability and the Portal
      1. Planning for Scalability
      2. Scaling Up and Out
      3. Server Operating System
      4. Application Servers
      5. Scaling Up Your Search Solution
      6. Database Repository—SQL Server
      7. ASP.NET Optimization
      8. Performance Testing with the Web Application Center Test
      9. Hosting for Scalability
      10. Additional Scalability Information
      11. Conclusion