Monday, January 26, 2009

Working with SharePoint meeting workspace site

From last 3 weeks, I have been working in SharePoint meeting workspace site, so thought to share with you some of the experience and what’s actual inside into meeting workspace site.


 Our main purpose was to create calendar event into SharePoint and store meetings documents and agenda for respective meeting into central location repository, so anybody can go into meeting workspace with proper permissions rights and browse through the documents uploaded and approved by meeting organizer, meeting workspace is working in same manner like outlook calendar, we can create recurring event, single day event and add attendees, agenda for the meeting and upload documents.


In traditional outlook meeting, organizer has to send documents, agenda to attendees by e-mail, so they were no central repository for all work items and documents.


 


We had met our requirements by out of the box functionality provided by SharePoint Meeting workspace site template. We can also do custom coding into meeting workspace as per our needs.


 


Below are some useful links which I had followed while starting working on meeting workspace. It’s very beginner’s level information.


 


http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/HP030921661033.aspx Overview about meeting workspace site


 


http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointtechnology/HA100656201033.aspx Creating meeting workspace site


 


http://community.bamboosolutions.com/blogs/sharepoint_blank/archive/2008/10/31/create-a-sharepoint-meeting-workspace.aspx How to create and start with meeting workspace site


 


http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/HA012304711033.aspx#2 Create, Link and Update meeting workspace site.


 


http://communityclips.officelabs.com/video.aspx?videoid=601655a8-2111-4406-821d-690f2fce6b35 creates recurring meeting workspace and connects to Outlook


 




I had also faced some of the challenges while working into meeting workspace

1. we can’t link to an existing meeting workspace that contains recurring events, like when we create any new calendar event into SharePoint, we can specify that current event will be recurring or not, after that we can create new meeting workspace subsite for storing all documents, agenda items and attendees, we have the option to link current site with existing meeting workspace site in which there was no recurring event, but we cant link to existing recurring meeting workspace site. So conclusion of the story, we need to create separate meeting recurring workspace site if we want our recurring dates and agenda different from existing one.

 


2. Meeting workspace site has some limitation with office 2003, we can also create new meeting workspace site from outlook calendar by creating new calendar event, select invites, here we have two options, either we can link to existing meeting workspace or create new workspace site, but in both the case, the meeting organizer needs to have full control to the Meeting Workspace from SharePoint site, with the full control rights, they can achieve the functionality from outlook 2003.

4 comments:

  1. Very Good information on most sough issue

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  2. How can we do custom coding into meeting workspace of SharePoint 2010 ?
    We have an issue with Recurring meeting workspace in SharePoint 2010. Can anyone suggest a perfect fix for this issue.

    Links on this issue resolution would be a great help.....

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  3. Hey Sai,

    Sorry for late response, Can you please give more information on what type of issues you are facing with recurring meeting workspace in SharePoint 2010?

    Yeah, definitely we can do custom coding for meeting workspace site, here are some reference links for meeting workspace site working with object model

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms465611.aspx

    https://www.nothingbutsharepoint.com/sites/devwiki/SP2007Dev/Pages/Creating%20a%20Site%20Collection%20programmatically%20using%20the%20object%20model.aspx

    Thanks,
    Sanket Shah

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