SharePoint Quick Reference Guide

What is SharePoint?

Microsoft SharePoint 2013 allows individual schools and departments to develop and design customized SharePoint site collections where faculty and staff can do everything from sharing and editing documents in real-time to creating fully interactive web environments.

Some of the most popular SharePoint 2013 benefits include:

  • Customizable web forms
  • Shared calendars and tasks
  • Document libraries with file versioning
  • Microsoft Office integration
  • Online discussion forums
  • Sub-sites for teams and projects
  • Business intelligence and reporting
  • Custom intranet portals

How do I get started with SharePoint 2013?

The recommended way to access SharePoint 2013 is by directly bookmarking the URL to specific SharePoint sites. Site owners and local technology staff will be able to provide these direct links to faculty and staff if they have permission to access them.
Users may also log into share.unh.edu and browse the UNH Share homepage to see if their school or department has an activated site collection. If a site collection for your area cannot be found, contact the local area technology support to see if they have an unlisted site collection. If so, that site owner will be able to provide you the direct URL and grant permission to the site(s) as appropriate.

If there is not yet a site collection, faculty and staff will need to contact their local technology support staff to discuss deploying a new site collection to service their area. Technology staff interested in creating a site collection must then complete the New Site Request Form. UNH IT will then work with the technology partner to determine if SharePoint or another application available at the University is the appropriate solution for their school or department needs.

Faculty and staff may visit the SharePoint 2013 Training site to learn more about SharePoint.

Will SharePoint become my school or department's preferred collaborative file sharing solution?

SharePoint is not required on a University level; its use will be the decision of each school or department. Consult with your local technical support contact for further guidance. Review the table below for UNH IT recommendations on several common file sharing solutions.

Expected Usage Box@UNH SharePoint 2013 Canvas UNH Web
Audience:  Public Information       X
Public events, news, feature stories       X
Audience:  UNH Faculty and Current Students     X  
Class Materials and other LMS functionality     X  
Audience:  USNH Faculty and Staff Only   X    
Shared calendars and tasks   X    
Customized web-based forms   X    
Workflow creation for data and documents   X    
Discussion groups, blogs, and newsfeeds   X    
Fast self-service document sharing X X    
File sharing by administrated groups X X    
Version control, co-authoring X X    
Audience:  UNH Faculty and Staff, External Users X      
Large file(s) storage, multimedia X      
Individual file storage, accessible across multiple devices X      

Who can access SharePoint sites?

SharePoint sites must be accessed via UNH ID and password. UNH SharePoint sites are only available from the UNH network or by connecting to the UNH VPN. By default, only the site collection owners can access a newly created SharePoint site.

How is access to SharePoint sites granted?

SharePoint access is distributed and managed by independent local site owners. Access to new site collections is initially limited to the predetermined site owners, who will then designate appropriate user permissions in their area for faculty, staff, and students.

Access can be given to entire site collections, individual sites, libraries and/or lists, and individual documents or other items. Five user roles may be granted by site owners:

  • Visitors
    • Read and download site content
    • Browse site content
    • Search site content
    • Request higher access level
  • Members
    • All rights and responsibilities of the above role
    • Create and edit site content
    • No access to any secure areas of the site
  • Approvers
    • All rights and responsibilities of the above roles
    • Approve site content additions and changes
  • Designers
    • All rights and responsibilities of the above roles
    • Create/Edit lists and libraries
    • Change page structure and visual design
    • Add/Edit web parts
  • Owners
    • All rights and responsibilities of the above roles
    • Administer permissions

What browsers are supported by SharePoint 2013?

SharePoint 2013 supports several commonly used web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari. However, certain web browsers could cause some functionality to be downgraded, limited, or available only through alternative steps.

The following table summarizes the support levels of typically used web browsers.

Browser Supported Not Supported
Internet Explorer 10 X  
Internet Explorer 9 X  
Internet Explorer 8 X  
Internet Explorer 7   X
Internet Explorer 6   X
Google Chrome (latest released version) X  
Mozilla Firefox (latest released version) X  
Apple Safari (latest released version) X  

Visit Microsoft's TechNet for more information on web browser compatibility and mobile browser compatibility.

What is the SharePoint size quota?

The following site collection sizes are available:

Site Type Quota Limit Examples
University/School 5 GB Paul College, COLSA, etc.
Department/Center 10 GB Administration, Advancement, etc.
Project/Program 5 GB Projects, Committees, etc.

Individual files stored in SharePoint are limited to 512 MB.

What are SharePoint groups?

SharePoint groups only manage access for people within a SharePoint site collection. SharePoint groups can be managed by the owners of the respective sites, and are typically not managed by the SharePoint administrators.  Most sites allow site access requests to be sent to the site owners, however, if you need access to a SharePoint site and are unsure of the owner you can request access via the SharePoint Support Form.  Please note the address of the site in your request to expedite the process.

Why does a SharePoint URL contain "%20"?

A space in any site name, web part, document, list, library, or other file is converted into "%20" in the URL. This can increase the length of your URL. To avoid this, keep names of sites, lists/libraries, and other files short and omit spaces.

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