Integrating Moodle and SharePoint: Using SharePoint as a File Store, Apache

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Microsoft have released a whitepaper this week on ‘Using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (2007) as a File System for Moodle’ which shows you the steps to storing all the course material you upload via Moodle into a document library in SharePoint.

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The Microsoft Education Labs team who work out of the Seattle office are a great team and I’ve got to meet a few of them over the last few months.  They are a great innovative team always thinking ahead of the games.  They have produced several other add-ins that can complement both Moodle and Microsoft products.  Make sure to visit their site on a regular basis to see what they are working on and released.

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Installing Moodle on Windows Server, SQL, IIS

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Like me you might find implementing Moodle on a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) a little tricky and I personally want it on Windows Server, SQL Server and IIS.

A Windows System can scale differently to anything like MySQL and you can manage it in a high availability environment with Microsoft SQL Clustering and Mirroring.

Here is a whitepaper that I have put together on how to installing Moodle 1.9 on Windows Server 2008 x86, PHP5, SQL Server 2008 and IIS.

Click the image to be taken to the download page where you can download the file as a XPS or PDF.

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In the near future I will be releasing a whitepaper on how to install Moodle on Windows Server 2008 R2 which is a x64 bit system.

Installing Moodle on Windows Server, SQL, IIS

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Like me you might find implementing Moodle on a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) a little tricky and I personally want it on Windows Server, SQL Server and IIS.

A Windows System can scale differently to anything like MySQL and you can manage it in a high availability environment with Microsoft SQL Clustering and Mirroring.

Here is a whitepaper that I have put together on how to installing Moodle 1.9 on Windows Server 2008 x86, PHP5, SQL Server 2008 and IIS.

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In the near future I will be releasing a whitepaper on how to install Moodle on Windows Server 2008 R2 which is a x64 bit system.

SharePoint and Moodle

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I've been playing with Moodle the last few weeks.  A open source, web based E-Learning tool coded in PHP written for Apache, mySQL on Linux.

We are looking at several E-Learning tools includes SLK but Moodle at the moment Moodle has become the leader in the delivery of E-Learning for our school.  Many schools look at Moodle as a competitive to SharePoint but SharePoint is not a E-Learning tool, it can be used for E-Learning but doesn't delivery the course by course we are looking for out of the box.  SharePoint delivery management and collaboration for all stake holder in the school which makes it the most value tool in a school in my eyes.

There are many documents out their that can help you to install Moodle on Win2K3R2, IIS6 and MsSQL2005 but I never found one that was right. So I thought I would pass this one as well as look at how the Moodle SharePoint Web Parts look.

The closest white paper I found was written by Matthias Wachs and the document is spot on but except for the exception.

  1. Install Win2k3 and patch
  2. Enable IIS6.0
  3. Install SQL2005
  4. Install PHP 5 – try and use the same version as the document – saves confusion
    1. When installing the modules you also need to install LDAP – you will require this later
  5. Create username and database for moodle
  6. Configure IIS and PHP
  7. Configure php.ini

And this is where you need to have different exceptions than the white paper.  The white paper wants you to have two php dlls for the connection of php to SQL while you only need the one – FreeTDS.  The execption should be the following

Installing_Moodle_on_Windows_Server_2003_-_Updated.pdf

 On codeplex you can also download the Moodle WebParts for SharePoint 2003 and 2007.