Windows 7 - Non-microsoft Files

Asked By Graham on 08-May-08 04:19 PM
Hi, I work for an organization currently interested in using Sharepoint 2007
for data storage needs. I have been unable to find information about what
files are allowed to be stored in the Sharepoint site.

Is there some list that shows allowed files. I'm interested in knowing if
non-microsoft files can be stored (ie .pdfs) and which ones can and cannot be
stored. Is there a list somewhere?

Thank you

darrel replied on 08-May-08 05:34 PM
Any 'document' can likely be stored just fine. PDF, PSD, DWX, etc.

The primary files that SharePoint doesn't like would be large files
(anything in the many man megabytes such as media files like movies and
audio) and any files with executable code (developer code).

HOWEVER, none of those non-MS files will necessarily be readable by search
services unless you install the proper iFilters (if available).

Omar Damiani replied on 08-May-08 05:40 PM
Il Thu, 8 May 2008 13:19:02 -0700, GrahamI ha scritto:

I don't think there are file type not allowed in sharepoint...
What surely you have to do is to add document type icon in this way:

Omar Damiani MCTS: wss3 dev
Mike Walsh replied on 09-May-08 02:02 AM
The answer you have already from Darrel is fine but here's a bit more info.

WSS 3.0 has a list of banned file types. These are file types that the
system won't let a user upload to a document library.

This list mostly consists of file types you wouldn't want anyone to
upload to a document library (such as an .exe or a .bat file) but the
list can in any case be amended (things added to it or things removed)
by the SP administrator.

So, yes, all file types can theoretically be added.

Darrel is wise to give you those two warnings though. IFilters are
required to index documents and although some are provided in the
product (typcially for Office products), others such as pdf IFilters
need to be added later. PDF IFilters are at least available for nothing,
some other Ifilters either cost (CAD files for instance) or aren't
available at all.

The other point is that a SharePoint site is not a good place for just
dumping all the files at present stored in your file server to. Because
the files are stored as blobs/images in a database there's a space
overhead in storing them in the SP system and potential backup/restore
size issues compared to a file system backup/restore.

Mike Walsh
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annbu replied on 10-May-08 01:13 PM
Definitely take into consideration the wisdom that has been noted here.  Some
lessons learned to note:

I administer an environment that uses SharePoint as the base and another
engineering application layered on top to extend SharePoint to give
additional  collaborative features specific to product engineering design.

First of all, the engineering files are HUGE!  We compress them as much as
possible, but it still gives us challenges with performance.  The other thing
is - users need to upload AVIs as well.  I have seen the upload of one
monsterous file take the entire environment to it's knees (more than ones -
sometimes, they never learn....).  Now, just imagine what happened to the
backup/restore times....

Key message - educate your stakeholders/governance committee that it's
imperative to implement a realistic max file upload size.

- Ann
Wil replied on 23-Jun-08 08:15 AM
You can run into problems opening non-office files(pdf,zip,etc) in explorer
view. However there is a hotfix 943337 that will may fix this.  The other
option is not to open the file in explorer view.
Hayden Foley replied to Wil on 08-Jun-10 04:57 AM
Although SharePoint does allow you to upload non-MS Office file formats the 3rd party software applications appear to have problems with document library settings such as enforced 'Check Out' before edit and 2 point versioning.

Is there any research and a recommended document library setting that best supports 3rd party applications interacting with SharePoint document libraries?