Manage master site directory settings (Office SharePoint Server)

SharePoint 2007

Updated: July 31, 2008

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 provides a new site template called Site Directory. From the Site Directory, administrators can view both the portal structure and individual sites in the portal, approve or reject new sites, and edit or delete site links.

When you create the first portal by using Office SharePoint Server 2007, it includes a Site Directory template. This site template is specifically used for tracking links to sites, displaying site maps and site navigation lists, and searching through the Site Directory. The Site Directory lets you organize a set of team sites and workspaces under a single searchable interface. The Site Directory provides a simple way to organize both the team sites and the workspaces.

SharePoint sites, in addition to internal and external Web sites, come complete with metadata. Users can browse and filter lists of sites to find the exact sites that they need.

The master Site Directory should not be present at the site collection level because it maintains a list of the site directories. Each site collection has its own Site Directory.

Creating sites and site collections from the Site Directory lets an administrator add sites to the portal site that are not typically a part of the main navigation of the portal site, but are needed by a team or a unique group of users for collaboration, publishing content, or setting up a workspace. The Site Directory also lets you organize sites by business function rather than by portal hierarchy. You can use the Site Directory categories to organize sites and site collections to reflect your organizational structure or product line. The Top Sites section of the Site Directory provides site administrators with a location in which to promote sites that are necessary for their organizations. Listing a site in the Top Sites section of the Site Directory does not change its actual location or category placement.

After you change categories or add new ones, you must edit all existing sites to ensure that they are in the correct categories. Additionally, you must ensure that the new or changed categories are available on the Create Site page.

Before you perform this procedure, you must have the following:

  • Access to a computer running Office SharePoint Server 2007 or Microsoft Office Forms Server 2007 and membership in the Farm Administrators group.

  • Enabled self-service site creation. To set up site collections, you must first enable self-service site creation. To do this:

    1. On the SharePoint Central Administration Web site, click Application Management.

    2. In the Application Security section, click Self-service site management.

    3. On the Self-Service Site Management page, select the Web program for which you want to enable self-service site creation, select the options that you want, and then click OK.

Membership as a site collection administrator for the Shared Services Administration site, or equivalent, is the minimum permission level required to complete this procedure.

Use this procedure to manage master Site Directory settings.

Manage master Site Directory settings
  1. On the top link bar in Central Administration, click Operations.

  2. In the Global Configuration section, click Master Site Directory settings.

  3. On the Site Directory Settings page, in the Site Directory Path box in the Site Directory Location section, type the path of the master Site Directory where you want to capture all new site collections (for example, type http://FarmName/sitedirectory).

  4. You can test the path by clicking Click here to test. The specified master Site Directory appears in a browser window.

  5. In the Site Creation Metadata section, select the Enforce listing new sites in Site Directory check box if you want to require users to categorize sites when they create new sites.

  6. If you select this option, select one of the following:

    • No site categories are mandatory. Select this option if you do not want users to be required to categorize new sites.

    • One site category is mandatory. Select this option if you want users to be required to select at least one category for new sites.

    • All site categories are mandatory. Select this option if you want users to be required to select all appropriate categories for new sites.

  7. Click OK.