In this excerpt from "Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Unleashed," authors Michael Noel and Colin Spence explain how to integrate Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 to enhance the collaboration and communication capabilities of both applications. They show how to enable Exchange email for SharePoint document libraries and lists and how to relay reports and alerts by email from SharePoint to Exchange. They also provide a solid overview of the Exchange Server 2007 architecture and outline important server-role topology deployment requirements and scenarios.
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One of the most impressive improvements to SharePoint 2007 is the platform's capability to directly accept email messages and place their contents into SharePoint content, such as document libraries, discussions groups, and lists. This type of functionality has been highly sought by those looking for an alternative to Exchange public folders and those who want to use SharePoint as a messaging records platform.
In addition to serving as an ideal replacement for Exchange public folders, SharePoint 2007 was built with Exchange integration in mind, particularly with the latest version of Exchange—Exchange Server 2007. This chapter focuses on a discussion of the integration points between SharePoint 2007 and Exchange 2007, discussing step-by-step how to take advantage of email-enabled content within SharePoint, how to use Exchange as an outbound relay for SharePoint alerts, and how to integrate Exchange with Outlook Web Access for SharePoint.
A broad overview of Exchange 2007 is also in this chapter, discussing the components that make up Exchange infrastructure and giving a high-level view of Exchange 2007 design.
6 TIPS IN 6 MINUTES: INTEGRATING EXCHANGE 2007 AND SHAREPOINT 2007
Tip 1: Enabling incoming email functionality in SharePoint
Tip 2: Working with email-enabled content in SharePoint 2007
Tip 3: Understanding Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
Tip 4: Planning for an Exchange Server 2007 environment
Tip 5: Integrating Exchange 2007 with SharePoint 2007
Tip 6: SharePoint 2007 and Exchange 2007 best practices
|This chapter excerpt from Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Unleashed, by Michael Noel and Colin Spence, is printed with permission from Sams Publishing, Copyright 2007.|
This was first published in July 2007