SharePoint: Service Pack 2 Released - Improved Forms Based Authentication!

Microsoft has just released Service Pack 2 for WSS and MOSS!

Update! SP2 can change your license expiration date! It changes your license to a 180 day evaluation license.

The fix is easy. See here: http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2009/05/21/attention-important-information-on-service-pack-2.aspx


A number of fixes and improvements are listed, but one that stands out to me is that Office itegration now works with Forms Based Authentication (FBA). This has always been a sore spot to anyone using FBA. What I'm not clear on yet is if this only applies to Office 2007... testing will tell.

Update! I’ve tested it and it works! See here for details:




Here's the TechNet articles:


Here's the key text (Note comments on Outlook):

If you have not installed Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 with Service Pack 2 (SP2), client integration is disabled by default when you use forms-based authentication. This is because client integration does not natively support forms-based authentication prior to Office SharePoint Server 2007 with SP2. When client integration is disabled, links to client applications are not visible and documents cannot be opened in client applications; documents can only be opened in a Web browser. However, users can download documents, edit them in client applications locally, and then upload them to the site.
If you have installed Office SharePoint Server 2007 with SP2, client integration is supported, except for Outlook integration. All other client integration is supported, including SharePoint Designer authoring.


SharePoint Chicago said...

Any word if "Upload Multiple Documents" works for FBA yet?

Any info would be valuable.

Mike Smith said...

SharePoint Chicago:

I just did a quick test after installing SP2 and configuring FBA and Upload Multiple worked! The test was on a VPC with Office 2003. Nothing else worked with Office. Opening a Word document using "Open in Microsoft Word" just opened "login.aspx" in Word. Also got error with Outlook 2003. I'm now installing Office 2007 SP2 to see how that works.

More to follow...


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