Issues reported with the MCMS security update

April 15, 2007

Stefan has reported several problems with the MCMS security update, being experienced by several customers, please check out his article for details on the issues, reasons why and the workarounds.


Mandatory hot fix for MCMS

April 12, 2007

[Via Stefan]

A security fix for MCMS 2001 and 2002 has been released this week.

It is mandatory to install this fix on all production machines to fix a known security hole which exists in all edition of MCMS.

Be aware that the MCMS 2002 version of this fix can only be installed on SP2. As older service pack levels are no longer supported the fix has only been released for the supported service pack levels.

In order to ensure that your MCMS 2002 machine is no longer vulnerable you have to ensure that MCMS 2002 SP2 is installed and after this the security fix MS07-018.


Upgrade to MOSS today

March 7, 2007

I have previously posted about the removal of customer support from Microsoft for MCMS SP1a on January 9th 2007. I highly recommend that customers that wish to maintain their support arrangements for their content management platform, upgrade MCMS to SP2.

Also the new MOSS platform is providing lots of benefits to previous MCMS customers. A lot of the custom built features of MCMS such as content publishing, workflow extensions, search and content review notifications are now straight out of the box.

Quite a few of my customers are reviewing both their Intranet (SharePoint Portal Server) and Internet (MCMS) platforms and are consolidating towards a single technology platform (MOSS).

I would highly recommend migrating to the new MOSS technology platform for any of my SPS or MCMS customers as this Enterprise level solution is providing lots of benefical features to help organisations operate more effectively.


ASP.NET AJAX – SharePoint and MCMS Kits

January 24, 2007

Good news the ASP.NET AJAX framework (previously known as Atlas) has been released – RTM. Other good news for the SharePoint developers is the release, by Daniel Larson, of the ASP.NET AJAX Extensions Toolkit for SharePoint. And MCMS developers haven’t missed out either, check out this posting from Stefan Goßner regarding enabling ASP.NET AJAX with MCMS.


MCMS SP1a support ends soon

November 3, 2006

Just read a posting on Stefan Goßner’s blog that might be interesting to note for MCMS customers

“A short note for all customers who have not yet upgraded to MCMS 2002 SP2.

As outlined on the Microsoft support lifecycle page for service packs support for MCMS 2002 SP1a will end at January 9th, 2007. Support for SP1 already ended on July 11th, 2006.
Customers requiring support for their MCMS environment will have to upgrade to SP2.”

As I stated in a previous post, any customer using SP1a should seriously consider migrating to SP2 or even MOSS 2007.


Mapping MCMS terminology to MOSS

September 11, 2006

Those that currently develop MCMS 2002 sites and want to move over to MOSS 2007, will need to understand the equivalent terminology in the new platform. The information below provides a list of MCMS terms and their equivalent term in MOSS 2007.

MCMS 2002 MOSS 2007
Template definition Content Type
Template page (.ASPX) Page Layout
Content placeholder List Column
Placeholder controls Web controls
Posting Page
Channel Site
Resource gallery Document library, picture library
Basic built-in workflow Windows Workflow Framework (WF)

Other equivalences that you will need to become familiar with would be the namespace changes. A good article on the API differences is on the MSDN site.


MCMS 2002 vs MOSS 2007 Terms

September 11, 2006

Those that currently develop MCMS 2002 sites and want to move over to MOSS 2007, will need to understand the equivalent terminology in the new platform. The information below provides a list of MCMS terms and their equivalent term in MOSS 2007.

MCMS 2002 MOSS 2007
Template definition Content Type
Template page (.ASPX) Page Layout
Content placeholder List Column
Placeholder controls Web controls
Posting Page
Channel Site
Resource gallery Document library, picture library
Basic built-in workflow Windows Workflow Framework (WF)

Other equivalences that you will need to become familiar with would be the namespace changes. A good article on the API differences is on the MSDN site.


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