If one of your goals in life is to deploy and manage Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 farms, here’s your book.
You definitely need it if you are already involved in configuring, customizing and supporting SharePoint and want to take the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) exam 70-667.
This “2-in-1 Self-Paced Training Kit” follows the successful formula used in many other Microsoft certification test preparation guides.
First, you work through a series of lessons and reviews covering each objective in the exam. Then you apply what you have learned to some real-world case scenarios, and you do some practice exercises. Finally, you plug in the CD that accompanies the book and try your hand at the practice tests.
“You can work through hundreds of questions using multiple testing modes to meet your specific learning needs,” Microsoft promises.
In other words, the material is there if you’re willing to push yourself to learn it. And there is a lot to learn when you work with SharePoint.
One small example: one of the book’s “Best Practices” entries points out that “[y]ou might imagine that the best practice to scale out a farm is simply to add more servers and to continue adding all services to each server. In fact, in larger and more complex environments[,] performance is optimized by dedicating servers to specific tasks.” And the entry briefly explains why.
Another short example: the book describes how “[a]fter you complete your SharePoint installation and the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard, you often run the Initial Farm Configuration Wizard.” But then it explains why you should not use this tool to configure My Sites, “because the resulting configuration is not considered secure.”
Indeed, the co-authors add, that combination can set up a situation where, conceivably, a My Site owner could use scripting attacks “to get Farm Administrator privileges.”
The book has 821 pages and is divided into 12 chapters:
- Creating a SharePoint 2010 Intranet
- Administering and Automating SharePoint
- Managing Web Applications
- Administering and Securing SharePoint Content
- Service Applications and the Managed Metadata Service
- Configuring User Profiles and Social Networking
- Administering SharePoint Search
- Implementing Enterprise Service Applications
- Deploying and Upgrading to SharePoint 2010
- Administering SharePoint Customization
- Implementing Business Continuity
- Monitoring and Optimizing SharePoint Performance
As an added inducement to buy the book, it includes a discount voucher good for 15 percent off the price of one Microsoft Certification exam.
Again, Configuring Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is not a book for SharePoint beginners.
The co-authors note: “The MCTS exam and this book assume that you have at least one year of experience configuring SharePoint and related technologies, including Internet Information Services (IIS), Windows Server 2008, Active Directory, DNS, SQL Server, and networking infrastructure services.”
The writers recommend using virtual machines to do the training exercises in their book. And they assume you will “use virtualization software that supports snapshots, so that you can roll back to a previous state after performing an exercise.”
They also give information and limitations on using multiple virtual machines on a single host. And their book providess download links to evaluation versions of the software needed to do the exercises.
The book’s accompanying CD offers one other learning convenience: an e-book version of the hefty text.
— Si Dunn