What’s New in SharePoint Foundation 2010?
Microsoft has provided a lot of information on what’s new in SharePoint Foundation 2010 on this TechNet Web site, along with links to more detailed documentation. Here’s a summary.
Business Connectivity Services
SharePoint Foundation 2010 includes Microsoft Business Connectivity Services, which is a set of services and features that provide a way to connect SharePoint-based solutions to sources of external data and to define external content types based on that external data.
Central Administration (Redesigned)
Central Administration has been redesigned in SharePoint Foundation 2010 to provide a more familiar experience and make it easier for users to find what they are looking for.
- Read about redesigned Central Administration in the SharePoint Server 2010 Evaluation Guide for IT Professionals
SharePoint Foundation 2010 incorporates a new authentication model that works with any corporate identity system, including Active Directory Domain Services, LDAP-based directories, application-specific databases, and user-centric identity models.
- Read about claims-based authentication in the SharePoint Server 2010 Evaluation Guide for IT Professionals
SharePoint Foundation 2010 includes an integrated health analysis tool called SharePoint Health Analyzer that enables SharePoint Foundation to automatically check for potential configuration, performance, and usage problems.
You can deploy sandboxed solutions to quickly and more securely solve business problems. Sandboxed solutions are like farm solutions except in the following ways: they are rights-restricted and have a more permissive deployment policy than farm solutions; they are limited to the site collection to which they are deployed; and their server resource usage is monitored against an administrator-controlled quota for the site collection.
Review upgrade requirements and find out about new upgrade tools and options, including information about the pre-upgrade checker, Visual Upgrade, and the test-spcontentdatabase Windows PowerShell cmdlet.
Windows PowerShell is the new command-line interface and scripting language specifically designed for system administrators.