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SharePoint 2007 and Exchange 2007 best practices

Review SharePoint 2007's capabilities when integrated with Exchange 2007 and discover best practices to keep in mind when connecting the two applications.

You are reading tip #6 from "6 tips in 6 minutes: Integrating SharePoint Server 2007 and Exchange 2007," excerpted from Chapter 18 of the book "Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Unleashed," by Michael Noel and Colin Spence, copyright 2007, published by Sams.
SharePoint 2007 is the missing collaboration side of the Exchange 2007 platform, providing Exchange users with advanced document management and portal capabilities. With the capability for email-enabled content, SharePoint allows administrators to receive inbound emails directly into document libraries and lists, further extending the capabilities of the platform.

In addition to email-enabled content capabilities, SharePoint 2007 has other strong integration points with Exchange 2007, including outbound alert forwarding and OWA inbox and calendar web parts. It is subsequently not a surprise when Exchange 2007 and SharePoint 2007 are often installed together in many environments.

Best Practices

  • Use the Directory Management Service to automate the creation of AD contacts that correspond to email-enabled content on the SharePoint server.
  • Restrict receiving email messages only from the IP addresses of Exchange Servers to avoid having your SharePoint Server used as a relay for spam.
  • Replace public folders with SharePoint technologies wherever possible, as Microsoft is deprecating support for public folders in the near future.
  • Incorporate SharePoint 2007 design concepts with Exchange 2007, so that both components can fit into an overall messaging and collaboration strategy.


 Home: Introduction
 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

Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Unleashed This chapter excerpt from Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Unleashed, by Michael Noel and Colin Spence, is printed with permission from Sams Publishing, Copyright 2007.

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