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Over the last few months I have had a tremendous response to my post about turning off the My Sites functionality it MOSS.  You can check it out here.

Anyhow, the reason for this post is the last few comments were people were mainly commenting that it is strange how so many people are trying to turn off this feature.  I don't find it strange at all. 

My Sites is not a bad feature or one that is needless, it is just that it comes with additional costs.  Not in a licensing sense, but in an administration and storage capacity sense.  Most of the SharePoint developers realize that each My Site by default has a space quota of 100MB.  Now if you times that by the number of employees that you could potentially create a My Site for, then I am sure you will find that is going to be a good chunk of space you need to account for.  If you don't plan for this during your inital delivery, then it is better to turn it off than to just let people create My Sites on an adhoc basis.

From the administration point of view it also should be planned out completely so that you have processes in place before you actually turn this feature on.

My Sites is not a bad feature or one that is useless, actually it is definitely a great feature, but as with anything in any software you implement, you need to plan for it accordingly.  If your orgainization is not ready to implement it, then turn it off.  This would be the main reason I envision most of the people turning off My Sites.  Again, not because it is a bad feature, but because they just haven't planned for it yet and will turn in on in the future when they completely flush out the plan for it.

Michael

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 10:19 AM | Back to top


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You are absolutely right.
Left by Cantub on Jan 14, 2008 12:57 PM

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Is it possible to create a group in sharepoint that can use my site, but not make it available to all?
Left by atlanta ant on Jul 26, 2008 6:57 PM

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Ant,
I am not sure exactly what you are looking to do. Maybe you could expand upon your last post?

Thanks.

Michael
Left by Michael on Jul 27, 2008 11:14 AM

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Ant,

You can set a group that uses My Site - Create a group in AD and then in your SSP go to 'Personalization services permissions' and set the group you want to have the rights: 'Personal Site'.

They will then get the link to My Site where users not in the group will not.

Cheers
Hannah

Left by Hannah on Jan 08, 2009 7:16 AM

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Thanks Hannah...I have been looking for this answer for some time as well. So does this mean I could still use Sharepoint as a replacement for file shares for the enterprise and then only grant certain lines of business who expressed interest in their employees having my sites?
Left by Nashville MOSS on Feb 19, 2009 2:19 PM

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i locally configure Moss 2007. My sites alway redirect to administrator personal site for moss users. can u sent me the solution
Left by asif iqbal on Mar 05, 2009 3:25 AM

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A question about My Sites.

We have the My Site feature enabled, it is working great for most part.

However, since a (domain) migration, some occasional users (2 or 3) have lost access to my site.
One gets the error User not found
Another gets: Your personal site cannot be created because a site with your username already exist.
However, when I search on sharepoint to their user initials, I do get links to docs on their site and I can access/open them.
Only the main page of the My Site seem inaccessible.

I would like to restore access for those users.
Would I HAVE to use the STSADMIN command, or could I try something thru the Central Administration page on the server
Left by Mark on Sep 04, 2009 6:31 AM

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You would have to use STSADM to do the restoration of their access.

There isn't a feature in the Central Administration that would provide this functionality for you.
Left by Michael on Sep 04, 2009 12:12 PM

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I am planning a SharePoint 2007 Enterprise site. I will have two security groups that get MySites, but here is the kicker: each group gets a completely different one. MembersOfTheBoard (approx 80) get a simple bio page and perhaps an email page; LocationChiefs (approx 9) get about 4 pages about their location. I am an SP rookie, and I have heard it is complicated to have different MySites.
Left by Tom van Stiphout on Oct 18, 2009 1:49 PM

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Hi,


Can you tell me what are benifits of My Site.
Left by Kamaldeep on Jun 14, 2010 10:00 AM

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Really thanks man. Very Use full Discussion. Thanks :)
Left by Prabhu on May 22, 2011 6:43 PM

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