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    Sharepoint Room Booking & Helpdesk Web Parts

    Hi,

    We have our own sharepoint server and wish to set up additional sites for Room Booking and a IT Helpdesk.
    We've looked at the free microsoft templates but they dont offer the required functionality.
    Has anyone got any alternatives that they use within sharepoint?

    Thanks

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    I don't know of any decent web parts for this, remember that without spending big sharepoint is just a collection of lists and repositories.

    However, also remember that you can use the web page (web) part to display another page or site within the page on sharepoint, I used this successfully to make it appear to integrate several 3rd parts apps that will accomplish the tasks you want.

    A good room booking software is: www.roombookingsystem.co.uk
    A good (free) helpdesk software is SpiceWorks.

    Both are web based, so you can just 'integrate' the required pages into sharepoint.

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    If you have 2010 you can do some simple work flows linked to lists. A lot better than 2007. Using SharePoint designer you can start a workflow then if you have visio you can visualise your workflow. Those 2 really work well with 2010. Remember Your list can have a calendar view.

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    You have to have Sharepoint server 2010 enterprise for that feature I believe. It is certainly not in the Foundation version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREED View Post
    You have to have Sharepoint server 2010 enterprise for that feature I believe. It is certainly not in the Foundation version.
    Unfortunately you are correct. I know its a cost issue but you certainly get more for your bucks. 2010 allows users to do more out of the box with little code needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewOrder View Post
    Unfortunately you are correct. I know its a cost issue but you certainly get more for your bucks. 2010 allows users to do more out of the box with little code needed.
    Definately, not knocking it at all, I really like SP 2010 for that reason, I am not a coder, but a builder!

    However if workflows are your thing then it pays for itself in no time. I was at a sharepoint seminar 3 weeks ago where this was demonstrated, truely excellent feature! I have the slides somewhere!

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    Using 2010, SharePoint designer and visio you can create workflows. You draw it out in Visio. Then add with SharePoint designer then upload. Youtube has some excelent demos.

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    Looks great. Plenty of time spend there getting the look just right, I wish I had that sort of time on my projects!

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