A SharePoint Consultant’s list of scope-growing factors

As I’m preparing to start work on building a single-server SharePoint 2010 pilot rig for a client, I was listing things to check for before I would be willing to shoot off my mouth about how easy the installation will be.

For those that may find it interesting, here is a list of scope-growing factors that can add major complexity to a simple SharePoint implementation:

  • Incoming email functionality
  • Non-AD profile sync connections
  • Write-to AD functionality for profile-sync (as opposed to reading from Active Directory only)
  • Forms based authentication or claims authentication (instead of old-school Windows auth)
  • Search content sources other than the local SharePoint content
  • FAST Search (instead of regular SharePoint search)
  • PowerPivot
  • Project Server
  • Team Foundation Server
  • SQL Reporting Services
  • Migration or upgrading of content from other SharePoint farms
  • Publishing service applications to other SharePoint farms
  • 3rd party add-ons

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