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Export/Import Functionality in Teaming 2.1



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February 26, 2010 12:12 pm

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First Things First

To start the last article of this series about Teaming, we have an important announcement to make:

It’s official. Teaming 2.1 is here! The product and a 60-day evaluation license are available at the following Web site:

http://download.novell.com

Select Teaming + Conferencing as the product and select Search. You’ll see the Teaming 2.1 60 Day Evaluation download.

We hope you take advantage of the opportunity to try Teaming out for yourself. If you’re unfamiliar with Teaming, check out our Introductory Article to learn more.

With that important news out of the way, we can return to the main topic of this week’s article:

Exporting and Importing

Exporting and importing in Teaming is a feature that we hope partners use and appreciate because it’s so helpful in creating a Teaming solution customized for a specific vertical market, such as health care, manufacturing, education, or government. In the past, every time a partner created one of these specialized Teaming environments for a customer, they had to start from scratch. Now they can create a populated workspace model for a vertical market and use the import/export feature to leverage it for every customer. Of course, this feature benefits customers, but it was primarily created for partners.

For example, a partner specializing in the pharmaceutical industry can create a Novell Teaming workspace and use their industry expertise to populate it with knowledgebases, wikis, discussion forums, electronic forms, and automated workflows tailored to the unique needs of their customers in the pharmaceutical industry. Afterward, the partner can simply export the workspace to be imported by current customers or to show potential customers. It’s easy – importing or exporting a folder or workspace is as simple as a few clicks of the mouse.

Exporting Whole Folders or Workspaces
To export a whole folder or workspace, begin by going to the folder or workspace that you want to export. Click Manage>Export/Import>Ok. The folder or workspace is then exported to an export.zip file on your desktop.

Exporting Child Folders or Workspaces
To export only select child folders or workspace, click on the plus sign next to the folder or workspace that you want to export. Select “Only export child folders or workspaces that are specifically checked”, then select the specific folders or workspaces that you want to export. When you click export what you have selected, all parent workspaces or folders will automatically be exported to sustain integrity, but nothing else.

Importing Folders or Workspaces
Select “Import into This Folder or Workspace” at the top of the Export/Import. Click browse and then select the folder or workspace that you would like to import, click open, and then click OK.

The Teaming Library is especially excited about this feature because it means that prepackaged demos and fully functioning Teaming workspaces can be imported for Teaming users. In fact, this is a project that we are currently working on and are hoping to release in the near future. We don’t want to leak too much information, but just imagine how simple it would be for a school, government, or business to purchase Teaming and then be able to import a fully functioning workspace with forms, workflows, and everything else needed to function? Now, that’s exciting!

We plan to publish more articles, so make sure to keep your eyes open. Rumor is that the next series of articles will show users how to leverage the landing page editor to create highly customized landing pages, but you didn’t hear that from us! Also, if you want to view other articles that we have written about Teaming 2.1, check out our Introductory Article.

-Teaming Library

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