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    <p>I'm in the midst of a big <a title="" href="http://www.microsoft.com/office/sharepoint/prodinfo/overview.mspx">SharePoint</a> implementation project.  It involves multiple portals, <a title="" href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/sharepoint/default.mspx" target="_blank">WSS</a> sites, non <a title="" href="http://www.microsoft.com/office/sharepoint/prodinfo/overview.mspx">SharePoint</a> sites, and integration with <a title="Microsoft Content Management Server" href="http://www.microsoft.com/cmserver/" target="_blank">MCMS</a>.  The whole project is for a single site, but is actually going to be a collection of numerous sites (as you can see with multiple portals and <a title="" href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/sharepoint/default.mspx" target="_blank">WSS</a> sites).  The problem is, even with Shared Services, <a title="" href="http://www.microsoft.com/office/sharepoint/prodinfo/overview.mspx">SharePoint</a> doesn't organize all these portals under a logical hierarchy... they are all in a flat representation.</p>

    <p>No user wants that... you want a central point with a hierarchial organization of all the resources... be it an area, subarea, <a title="" href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/sharepoint/default.mspx" target="_blank">WSS</a> site, portal, or a non <a title="" href="http://www.microsoft.com/office/sharepoint/prodinfo/overview.mspx">SharePoint</a> site.  Since the <a title="" href="http://www.microsoft.com/office/sharepoint/prodinfo/overview.mspx">SharePoint</a> navigation doesn't provide this OOB, we're building our own.  I can already tell you it's a tall task.  If you've had experience creating custom user controls and adding them to the portal site definition files, I'd really be interested in talking to you... please contact me!
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    <p>A recent post with my latest challenges:
    &#187; <a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/newsgroups/default.aspx?dg=microsoft.public.sharepoint.portalserver.development&mid=ed2b7589-1fa8-49bc-b55d-225365d47a0f" target="_blank">NNTP Post: Custom user control in site definition</a></p>
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