WSS 2.0 > WSS 3.0 -- will it enable us to do this .... ?

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Mike Webb, May 30, 2007.

  1. Mike Webb

    Mike Webb Guest

    Running SBS 2003 Premium, Exchange, SQL, ISA 2004, WSS 2.0, 2 NIC's and a
    router, dynamic IP from ISP, DDNS service through, Symantec
    Backup Exec 11d.
    We are greatly in need of organizing our docs - admin and fiscal. We've got
    27+ years worth stuck in boxes all over the place and it's time we moved
    into the computer age. I'd like to use WSS as a "poor man's (nonprofit
    org's)" DMS - document management system. I know very little about WSS, but
    I do know you can set up a document library and enable search via SQL.
    Searching on the internet I saw many mentions of Sharepoint Portal Server.
    I've also skimmed the posts here about WSS 3.0. I just don't know whether I
    need to upgrade to do what I want, or whether I can get by with WSS 2.0.
    (If it helps in your reply, I am already considering hiring a consultant to
    build us a template/site rather than spend weeks or months haphazardly
    trying to build one myself.)

    Many thanks in advance!
    Mike Webb, May 30, 2007
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  2. The document library that WSS refers to is "documents" such as Word Docs,
    Excel Spreadsheets, etc.

    But your stuff is paperbased, correct? So how would you propose to
    "convert" it?
    Cris Hanna [SBS-MVP], May 30, 2007
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  3. Mike Webb

    Mike Webb Guest

    Scan it to PDF. I'm hoping I can assign keywords to each to facilitate

    Mike Webb, May 30, 2007
  4. I'll be interested...I'm not a strong WSS user and haven't added WSS3.0 yet

    remember that it has be side by side with WSS 2.0

    And Sharepoint Portal Server must be a different box

    Hopefully others will have experience to share

    Cris Hanna [SBS-MVP]
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    Cris Hanna [SBS-MVP], May 30, 2007
  5. For document management, you can start off with WSS3.0 to take advantage of
    the features such as workflow, check-in/check-out, security, etc. You can
    scan your documents to PDF (some photocopying-cum-scanner machines can do
    this) and just provide the metadata for searches. MOSS2007 is not going to
    be a cost-effective solution for a small organization

    bass_player [SBS-MVP], May 31, 2007
  6. Mike Webb

    Mike Webb Guest

    Good to hear, thanks!

    Mike Webb, May 31, 2007
  7. Mike Webb

    Chris Doré Guest

    More work, but if you can get OCR to work and convert your scans to PDF's
    with text, then you can get the PDF ifilter and do full-text indexing of
    those documents. Just something to consider...

    Chris Doré, Jun 4, 2007
  8. I've been working with WSS 2.0 attached to SQL Server (for full text search)
    on the SBS Premium. I downloaded the iFilter for PDF from Adobe and ran the
    install, but I'm not finding anything but Office docs, etc. (no PDFs). The
    PDFs are searchable (they've been OCRed), but aren't being indexed, I guess.

    Is there a step by step guide somewhere as to how to get this to work?


    By the way, I use KyoCapture from Kyocera (which is based on AutoStore) and
    it has a SharePoint connector that's pretty nice.

    Old Blind Dog, Jun 5, 2007
  9. Mike Webb

    Chris Doré Guest

    Unfortunately I'm not actually using the PDF ifilter...I just knew it existed.

    There might be something useful here:
    Read the comment by Ian Morrish, it may apply to you.

    Best of luck, Chris

    Chris Doré, Jun 20, 2007
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