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External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint Released

Posted by Christian Dam on March 22, 2008

I got this email today, stating that the External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint has been released. No big surprise, really, since it has been available on TechNet since February 28, but still good news:

I’m happy to announce that the External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint has been released and is now available on Microsoft TechNet at This accelerator helps you easily deploy a SharePoint-based external collaboration facility at your organization. Once this facility is in place, end users can quickly create a new collaboration site (using a SharePoint site collection) and add internal and external users to that site. Both these process can be workflow enabled so that an administrator must approve both site and user creation.

The toolkit runs on both MOSS 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. It also leverages SQL Server 2005 and ADAM. All external users are created in the ADAM directory so they are segregated from your primary user store.

Thank you for your help during development of the External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Bill Canning
Senior Program Manager
Solution Accelerators

I find it slightly odd that ADAM has been chosen as a user repository for an External solution since ISA Server 2006 does not support ADAM, not even when using LDAP. The people within Microsoft I have talked to about ISA/ADAM support cannot even confirm if ADAM is supported when the next version of ISA is released in Q1 2009.


3 Responses to “External Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint Released”

  1. Tristan said

    Can you please point me to where you see the guidance about ISA not supporting ADAM? I thought it would be odd if ISA doesn’t support ADAM, as ISA uses ADAM for its configuration data.



  2. I posted a reply here:

    I hope you got the information, you were looking for 🙂

  3. Mike L said

    I am attempting to install the following solution:

    ISA Server 2004 as the firewall.
    Single StandAlone Windows 2003 Std for Sharepoint 3.

    I would like to install the ECTS on the 2003 server and configure for ADAM. I have gone thru the notes umpteen thousand times and always fail. Has anyone done a step by step single server install doc?

    I am going to create a virtual server this time and take snapshots each step of the way in case I need to roll back.

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