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Jun 29, 2007 at 12:31 AM
I have got SharePoint 3.0 installed on a development server in a virtual server environment. At least I think I have...using SQL 2005 Express. Trying to get SLK to find SharePoint and vice versa is an uphill climb. Any advice, suggestions...er....instructions. Not thinking of adding Live Comms or Exchange. Do I need to?

What's this GettingStarted documentation and where do I get it from?

Is the configuration above going to work?

Thanks and apologies for my unfathomable ignorance.

Please don't ask me to 'get a specialist in' as my company spent many thousands of pounds to get WSS2 and CS4 (MLG, in fact) working via two third parties (Gold Partners, no less) and it was the biggest foul-up in history....so we have decided to move on...funds are now dry and I am tackling this new, up-to-date beast from scratch. It was being sold in the ...."it just works"....vein once upon a time, but I've yet to experience that level of simplicity.

Lastly, surprise, surprise....our environment is education and I'm not a server engineer, .net developer or MSVP or anything...just keen!

Thanks

Paul Flynn
Jun 29, 2007 at 9:19 PM
Paul,

Once you download the SLK you should have the zip file 'SLK-Install-1.0.799-ENU.zip' on your computer. Once you extract that zip file you should have 19 files in the folder that you extracted to. One of the documents in that folder is a PDF called GettingStarted.pdf . Follow the directions in that document exactly and you should get the SLK installed in to SharePoint.

After installing the SLK I hit a snag on getting it started. I could not find the web part in the list of web parts to add. As it turned out I had deployed to SLK to the site collection. To fix this I had to go to Central Administration > Operations > Solution Management (under global configuration), then click the SLK and deploy it to the appropriate site collection (and port, if used). Look at thread http://www.codeplex.com/SLK/Thread/View.aspx?ThreadId=10902 for more info.

Sorry, but I can't give you a definite answer on the virtual server environment. I have my SharePoint and SLK set up on an actual server. However, I think that configuration will work fine.

Finally, Microsoft has some templates that may help with course listings and classroom management. Check out http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsserver/sharepoint/wssapps/templates/default.mspx for these templates. Together with the SLK they can provide a pretty robust education center.

-Eric Sammann
Jun 29, 2007 at 9:39 PM
Also, exchange is not required but some kind of e-mail system is needed to send out e-mails. For testing I suppose that you can test SLK without e-mail, but I wouldn't recommend it as it would probably be best to test the e-mail functionality with your SLK.
Jul 2, 2007 at 10:02 AM
Great. Will use this advice, thanks.

Finally managed to get the My Assignments we part in place. Not sure how the lecturer and learner interact wityh this yet, but I'll have a poke about on Codeplex for a bit.

I don't suppose anyone's got any advice about Outlook Web Access / Exchange config to test Sharepoint and SLK on a virtual server?

Cheers so far

Paul