SharePoint 2007: Installing Features

To install a feature in SharePoint 2007, do the following:

  1. copy the feature folder into the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\FEATURES folder. Ensure that the feature manifest (feature.xml) exists within that folder.
  2. If stsadm is not in your path, open up a command prompt and navigate to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\BIN
  3. Run the command: stsadm -o installfeature -filename FeatureFolderNameHere\feature.xml (note that the path must be relative to the feature folder C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\FEATURES and cannot be full path).
  4. To activate the feature, run the command: stsadm -o activatefeature -filename FeatureFolderNameHere\feature.xml -url http://nameofsharepointserver
  5. Do an iisreset for for good measure (not sure if its actually required).

Related Links
http://www.sharepointblogs.com/tonstegeman/archive/2006/07/18/9314.aspx
http://www.sharepointblogs.com/tbaginski/archive/2006/06/02/8062.aspx

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