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Installing application templates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

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Updated: August 27, 2010

Applies To: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

 

Topic Last Modified: 2010-08-31

Microsoft has created 40 application templates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 that are available for download at the SharePoint Products and Technologies Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=85166&clcid=0x409).

ImportantImportant:
Microsoft is not releasing new versions of these templates for SharePoint 2010 Products. Also, .stp files are deprecated in SharePoint 2010 Products and cannot be used to create new sites when you upgrade to SharePoint Server 2010 or SharePoint Foundation 2010. For additional information, see SharePoint 2010 Products: Upgrade and the Fabulous 40 Application Templates (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=201111).

Application templates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 are separated into two groups, site admin templates and server admin templates.

  • Site admin templates are custom templates that are easy for any SharePoint site administrator to install into the template gallery.

  • Server admin templates were created as site definitions, enabling tighter integration and enhanced functionality with the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 platform. They require administrator permissions on the server to install.

NoteNote:
To install or remove a site admin template, you must be a member of the Owners SharePoint group (or another SharePoint group with Full Control permissions) on the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 site.
Install a template
  1. Download the template you want to install to your computer.

  2. Double-click the .exe file to extract the files.

  3. Log on to the SharePoint site as a member of the Owners group.

  4. On the Site Actions menu, click Site Settings.

  5. In the Galleries section, click Site templates.

    If you don’t see Site templates in the Galleries section, you might not be at a top-level site. In the Site Collection Administration section, click Go to top-level site administration.

  6. Click Upload to save an application template to this SharePoint site.

    If you want to save more than one application template, click Upload Multiple Files.

  7. Browse to the <template_name>.stp file, and then click Open.

  8. Click OK.

Create a site
  1. Log on to the SharePoint site as a member of the Owners group.

  2. On the Site Actions menu, click Site Settings.

  3. In the Site Administration section, click Sites and workspaces.

  4. Click Create.

  5. On the New SharePoint Site page, fill in the information about your new site.

  6. In the Template Selection section, click the Custom tab.

    Any site admin application templates that have been uploaded will be listed here.

  7. Click the template to use for the new site, and then click Create.

The following procedure will not remove any sites that were already created by using the template. It will only prevent users from creating new sites based on the template.

Remove a template
  1. Log on to the top-level SharePoint site as a member of the Owners group.

  2. On the Site Actions menu, click Site Settings.

  3. In the Galleries section, click Site templates.

  4. In the list of site templates, find the application template to remove, and then click Edit.

  5. Confirm that this is the application template to remove, and then click Delete Item.

  6. Click OK to confirm the deletion.

The application template is now unavailable to SharePoint sites and it has been removed from the SharePoint site template gallery.

NoteNote:
To install or remove a server admin template, you must be a member of the Owners SharePoint group (or another group with Full Control permissions) on the SharePoint site and be a member of the Administrators group on the server running Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.

Install and remove server admin templates by using the Stsadm command-line tool at %PROGRAMFILES%\common files\microsoft shared\web server extensions\12\bin.

Before installing a server admin template, you must first install the Application Template Core solution (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=85162&clcid=0x409). If you have already installed this solution, skip to "Install a template."

Install the Application Template Core solution
  1. Download the Application Template Core solution to the server.

  2. Double-click the .exe file to extract the files.

  3. Open a Command Prompt window.

    NoteNote:
    To open a Command Prompt window, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command Prompt.
  4. Type stsadm -o addsolution -filename <file_path>\ApplicationTemplateCore.wsp, where <file_path> is the location you extracted the Application Template Core files to, and then press ENTER.

  5. Type stsadm -o deploysolution -name ApplicationTemplateCore.wsp -allowgacdeployment, and then press ENTER.

    NoteNote:
    Additional attributes may be required based on your Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 configuration. For more information about available attributes, type stsadm -help deploysolution, and then press ENTER.
  6. Type stsadm -o copyappbincontent, and then press ENTER.

Install a template
  1. Download the template you want to install to the server.

  2. Double-click the .exe file to extract the files.

  3. At the command prompt, type stsadm -o addsolution -filename <file_path>\<template_name>.wsp, where <file_path> is the location you extracted the template files to and <template_name>.wsp is the .wsp file for your template, and then press ENTER.

  4. Type stsadm -o deploysolution -name <template_name>.wsp -allowgacdeployment, and then press ENTER.

    NoteNote:
    Additional attributes may be required based on your Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 configuration. For more information about available attributes, type stsadm -help deploysolution, and then press ENTER.
  5. To check the deployment status, open the Central Administration site for the server.

  6. Click the Operations tab, and then, in the Global Configuration section, click Solution management, and then check the status of your solutions.

  7. After all the solutions are marked Globally Deployed, from the command line, run iisreset.

Create a site
  1. Log on to the SharePoint site as a member of the Owners group.

  2. On the Site Actions menu, click Site Settings.

  3. In the Site Administration section, click Sites and workspaces.

  4. Click Create.

  5. On the New SharePoint Site page, fill in the information about your new site.

  6. In the Template Selection section, click the Application Templates tab.

    Any server admin application templates that have been uploaded will be listed here.

  7. Click the template to use for the new site, and then click Create.

The following procedure will not remove any sites that were already created by using the template. It will only prevent users from creating new sites based on the template. The Application Template Core solution must remain installed and deployed for other server admin templates to be installed.

Remove a template
  1. Log on to the server running Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 as a member of the Administrators group on the server.

  2. Do one or both of the following:

    • To remove a solution from the list of templates for new sites, at the command prompt, type stsadm -o retractsolution -name <template_name>.wsp, and then press ENTER.

      NoteNote:
      Additional attributes may be required based on your Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 configuration. For more information about available attributes, type stsadm -help retractsolution, and then press ENTER.
    • To remove a solution from the server, at the command prompt, type stsadm -o deletesolution -name <template_name>.wsp, and then press ENTER.

      NoteNote:
      Additional attributes may be required based on your Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 configuration. For more information about available attributes, type stsadm -help deletesolution, and then press ENTER.

This topic is included in the following downloadable book for easier reading and printing:

See the full list of available books at Downloadable books for Windows SharePoint Services.

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