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SharePoint initial site hierarchy setup question

Posted By:      Posted Date: October 06, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint

Hello, I thought this question would be a setup/configuration/operation question, any thoughts or advices will be greatly appreciated!!

So we would like to stand up couple of team sites (3-4 total) for these different programs, on our enterprise SharePoint environment which is MOSS 2007. Usually

what happens with our enterprise SP is that we request a SP site by filling out a form and they just give us a site collection with Site Owner level permissions.

What would be the reasons I would want to have all these sites under a Site collection named "Programs" and have each sites as sub-sites VS. have 4 different site

collections for each of the programs? 

I understand it depends on the situation, and I thought it would be better if we would have separate site collections...please correct me if i'm wrong.

These programs are unrelated so there would be no need for a centralized navigation with a top-level page, no need for a search across all 4 program sites, and we

would actually like to have these in separate contentDBs to do backups. So I thought it would be best to just have these as separate site collections, and just

have like a link to different site collections in case users want to go to other program sites... I just couldn't think of any reasons to have

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