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Intentional Thinking Enrique Lima

Sometimes there are so many changes to the environment in which we work and live in that something will escape our attention.

In discussing functionality with a client today, the topic of Site Directory came up and the comment of “well, we use it but it is too bad it is not available in 2010” was made … and huge sense of huh?!? came to me.

Well, the item that escaped me came to light (and I know there are others).  So researching about it was not only an option it was/is my duty.

Found an excellent post by Bill Baer on the subject.  And not only that but there is a reference to a potential and possible solution.  This is something that is being worked on through codeplex, here is the link .. http://spsitedirectory2010.codeplex.com/

Posted on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 7:53 PM SharePoint | Back to top


Comments on this post: Site Directory in SharePoint 2010

# re: Site Directory in SharePoint 2010
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Haven't we talked about this?

IMHO, I'm glad the Site Directory is gone, I just wish there was a better replacement for it available...

In MOSS 2007, the Site Directory is great, as long as you're ok with doing one of two things:

1 - Creating every site in it as a "web" (AKA subsites to those of us not familiar with the SharePoint object model) underneath the Site Directory's site collection, which leads to administrative management problems when one of these sites gets too big for its britches and needs to be moved, either to a different URL or to its own content database.
2 - Enable self-service site creation, which allows for each new site in the Site Directory to be created as a site collection but also is a governance nightmare.

I don't like either of those options, so I say "Good Riddance!" to the Site Directory in SharePoint 2010. Am I correct in that perspective, or just crazy?

John
Left by John Ferringer on May 27, 2010 10:24 AM

# re: Site Directory in SharePoint 2010
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John,

I don't recall having this conversation, doesn't mean it didn't happen. At the same time, I do not think you are crazy, but I do believe we all have our own perspective on the matter.
Yes, there are many reasons administrator hated/disliked the Site Directory, and those reasons make them happy it is not available as an Out of Box option. Which in many cases I found it was lack of planning, and as you may have found in your research and writing on the topic of Disaster Recovery, well there were challenges.
But users on the other hand, many favored it. Why? Ease of finding resources. Does the story of finding resources change in 2010, of course it does ... we have tags, the "i like it" approach. I also feel there is a need for that type of organization to occur at a corp wide reach instead of based on the individual. If we do look at the codeplex project, it does not go into the option you talk about, but it does offer the organization and collection approach that was also part of web parts and elements that allows for a site map of sorts.
Left by Enrique Lima on May 27, 2010 7:54 PM

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