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The Guide of a MOSSLover Becky Isserman's Blog
I like SharePoint Designer (aka FrontPage for SharePoint)...As we all know I have been designing websites since 1997, when I was 15 years old.  FrontPage and Dreamweaver were my friends after high school, so I know the good and the bad sides of the programs.  Today I was attempting to use a custom edit form in SharePoint Designer and a datasource linked to a list.  For the life of me I could not get it to work, so I spent a little portion of the day on Google looking for another option.  I found a little post where Paul Galvin has spread some of his SharePoint awesomeness in SharePoint Universities Forms (  He basically says create a site column of the type lookup field pointed to your lists.  That way any site underneath can inherit these lookup fields.  This is the most simple and brilliant thing I have done today, aside from creating a few search scopes.  As usual Paul rocks. Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 2:26 PM MOSS | Back to top

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Yes, this works very well, within a Site Collection. I've been doing the same thing for a while.

However, the term "Global" might not be precise; we have numerous Site Collections, in the same Web Application, in order to isolate content between branches of a large organization (separate Content Databases, for example). What we need is a truly GLOBAL lookup capability; where we could maintain common lookup lists at the FARM level, rather than having to duplicate and maintain them at the Site Collection level.
Has anyone accomplished this, perhaps using a Web Service?

Left by CWFoote on Aug 09, 2008 10:45 AM

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