Adjusting the top level navigation on all My Sites

Last week when talking to a customer about their new MOSS 2007 environment I was asked whether it was possible to adjust the top level navigation on all My Sites.

In general it is possible to adjust the top level navigation by going to the Site Settings page.
Under Look and Feel you can select Top link bar. Here you can add a new link. Unfortunately doing so in your My Site would mean that you would have to repeat that for every user's My Site.

In order to adjust the top level navigation in all My Sites you should go the Central Administration and to the SharedServices. Here you will find the link Personalization site links under User Profiles and My Sites.
You can add new links here that will be added to the top level navigation between the My Home link and the My Profile link.

You can also target these links, so you could for instance put a link in there that would point to "My Business Unit". This can be realized by adding a link with the title "My Business Unit" for each of the business unit homepages. These links would then be targeted to audiences that are generated for each business unit. This way a user would only see his or her own business unit link displayed in the My Site.

Of course if you work for two separate business units and if you are in more than one business unit audience the link would be displayed twice, pointing to the two different business unit homepages. So it might be smarter to use the name of the business unit as the title for the link. Oh well, this was just an example.. ;-)

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    If you don't want the page you linked to pinned in your My Site you can use the SharePoint redirect page. This is a default SharePoint page.

    The url to link to the homepage of your portal would then look something like this:
    http://<portal>/_layouts/redirectpage.aspx?Target=http:// <portal>/pages/default.aspx

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    Good article; one of the few that talks about the Pin/Unpin feature. What we did was simply point the Personalized link to http://servername/pages/default.aspx. Now if the user is associated with both it doesn't display twice and also doesn't show the drop down to Pin/Unpin.

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    I have added a link back to the portal home page on the top nav bar of all users MySites by using the SSP "Personalization Links" as you described. Works good.

    However, I noticed the following behaviors.
    1) the portal home page now appears to be within MySite as the top nav bar is that of MySite, not the Portal site.
    2) Clicking the Tab (link) to go back Home results in a second tab appearing, with the same name, but with a pin-this site option.
    3) the users Profile Picture displays on the upper left-hand side of the portal home page (just above the 'view all site content' link).

    Are this "as designed" behaviors or bugs?

    Any suggestion on how to eliminate the user profile pic from displaying?


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    Thanks for the post.

    The redirect page trick seems to have resolved all of the odd behavior problems I saw previously when I was linking directly back to the portal home page.


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