There is no product just called SharePoint. You can't go and buy and install SharePoint. That's just a useful phrase that describes several different products and technologies. So what actually is installed? Well, we start with a product called SharePoint 2010 Foundation. This is actually free and can be downloaded and installed on a Windows server. It's the foundation of SharePoint. It's the engine of SharePoint, the core of SharePoint, and there are a lot of features that you'd find in SharePoint 2010 Foundation. However, most large organizations are going to use a product called SharePoint Server 2010.
SharePoint Server 2010 includes everything that you find in the Foundation edition of SharePoint. In fact, SharePoint Server 2010 comes in two editions. The Standard edition and the Enterprise edition. SharePoint server 2010 Enterprise includes SharePoint Server 2010 Standard, includes SharePoint 2010 Foundation. We're going to cover all of these editions in this course, beginning with Foundation and moving up. I'll explain when I'm using each one. Now, you might be wondering, well, how do I know which one I have? The easiest way is just ask the people who installed it.
Well, there are ways to tell by looking, but you need to do a process of elimination, because if you see a Foundation feature it doesn't prove you don't have server, just that you're looking at a Foundation part of it. So we will begin with the core features found in Foundation and then we will see how to build on those to do more with Sthe erver Standard and Server Enterprise edition.
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