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Troubleshoot training for Microsoft's SharePoint 2010

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This video training with Tim Warner covers Microsoft’s handy web application, including topics such as designing the logical taxonomy, planning a business intelligence strategy, and more....
This video training with Tim Warner covers Microsoft’s handy web application, including topics such as designing the logical taxonomy, planning a business intelligence strategy, and more.

Recommended skills:
  • Two years of working with SharePoint solutions
  • Strong knowledge of Windows PowerShell scripting
  • Strong knowledge of server availability and performance concepts
  • Strong knowledge of security concepts and authentication methods
  • Strong knowledge of Windows Server 2008 and Active Directory administration
  • Strong knowledge of networking infrastructure services including DNS and IIS

Recommended equipment:
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

Related certifications:
  • MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010

Related job functions:
  • Senior administrators


SharePoint administrators carry a lot of clout. This step-by-step training makes learning SharePoint easy, and covers all of SharePoint's major troubleshooting touch-points.

As you move through this super-organized presentation you'll learn lots of tips and tricks that SharePoint administrators need. Plus, you'll build a solid foundation for planning, managing and developing the SharePoint 2010 platform. AND you'll be ready for Microsoft's 70-668 exam, which certifies you as am MCITP in SharePoint Administration.

Prove to employers that you're ready to install, configure, administer, and troubleshoot SharePoint 2010 installations and plan a SharePoint farm.
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1. Course Introduction (18 min)
2. Designing the SharePoint Physical Achitecture and Network Infrastructure (64 min)
3. Designing the Logical Taxonomy (65 min)
4. Planning for Farm Deployment and Sandboxed Solutions (41 min)
5. Planning for High Availability (42 min)
6. Planning Service Applications (45 min)
7. Planning a SharePoint Component Strategy (42 min)
8. Designing an Upgrade and Migration Strategy Part 1 (25 min)
9. Designing an Upgrade and Migration Strategy Part 2 (33 min)
10. Designing a SharePoint Security Architecture (48 min)
11. Planning and Deploying Authentication Methods (32 min)
12. Planning Maintenance and Provisioning Strategies (35 min)
13. Establishing an Enterprise Monitoring Plan (45 min)
14. Planning SharePoint 2010 Backup and Restore (30 min)
15. Defining Enterprise Search Requirements (36 min)
16. Planning a Search Topology Strategy (14 min)
17. Planning SharePoint Governance (25 min)
18. Planning Enterprise Content Management (34 min)
19. Planning for Social Computing and Collaboration (37 min)
20. Planning a Business Intelligence Strategy (29 min)

Course Introduction

00:00:00

Hello and welcome to the CBT Nuggets exam pack for Microsoft exam 70-668 Pro: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator. My name is Tim Warner and I am overjoyed to be your instructor for this series. Our agenda for this introductory Nugget is as follows: We'll begin by understanding SharePoint certification. Microsoft has expanded the certification portfolio for its SharePoint product quite a bit in the last several years. Accordingly, I want you to have a ground-floor understanding of where this current exam fits in the SharePoint 2010 portfolio. I'll then explain the teaching methodology I put into this course. This is useful for you for a couple reasons. One, to make sure that you are, in fact, in the correct training course, and number two, I'm going to give you tips on using this training for maximum effect to both pass your 668 exam with a minimum of time, fuss, or muss, and also come away with as many practical tips and tricks and skills as possible. Third, we'll give you some focused advice on passing the 70-668 exam. This exam uses a slightly different format from several of the other IT Pro exams and it certainly bears some discussion. About SharePoint certification: A handful of Years ago, Microsoft changed their titles for their IT Pro and Developer certifications. On the IT Pro side of the fence, it used to be that if you passed a single technology exam, for instance maybe Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP Professional Support, you became what's called a Microsoft Certified Professional, or MCP. Generally speaking, the top tier IT pro credential historically has been the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, or MCSE. This certifies you as a skilled administrator and actually architect for active directory networks and, in particular, the Windows Server 2003 OS version.

00:01:57

I think Microsoft saw possible weakness of the old titles is that they weren't granular enough, that is, MCP doesn't really tell potential employers or clients where your skill set lies, and while it's true that the MCSE carries a lot of weight, even to this day, in terms of Windows systems administrations, Microsoft nonetheless saw fit to create a new top tier credential. Here we are at the Microsoft Learning website. The way they've laid this out is very intuitive. I've always admired their navigation structure. What I recommend is go under the "Certification" heading and then under by "Product/Technology" and we can scroll and down to "SharePoint Server" and you come up to the page that you see right now. And as you see we have an overview and it mentions here "Second Shot exam vouchers" -and this is an important point when it comes to register for your tests. We'll talk about that- and also the "Microsoft Certification Pack(...)" in just a few minutes. So I want to put that as a bookmark for both of us. First, we'll come over to MCTS for SharePoint Server and you see the full list here. In fact, we have an exam retiring that looks like WSS retiring. I find this a little bit confusing 'cause they throw together the previous stuff, the WSS3, the MOSS 2007.

00:03:26

We are focusing up here, "Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring": that's the MCTS exam 70-667. And then there is an associated MCTS for "Application Development": that's exam 70-573. We come over to the "Professional certification's" tab. We see that to earn the MCITP as a "SharePoint Administrator" we have to also pass our current exam under consideration and you should also definitely spend time on the exam prep page for any Microsoft exam that you are studying for. Microsoft does a good job of explaining, in particular the skills that are measured. Let's go over to this tab. This outline should be your first line of defense in terms of skills checking: Am I ready to pass this exam? Over the last years or so, Microsoft has taken some time to provide weightings, relative weightings, for each section in the outline.

00:04:52

Here it's not particularly helpful other than the outline says that each section "Designing a Farm Topology", "Planning Deployment", "Defining (an) Operations Strategy" and then searching "Business Solutions" all factor in about equally in the overall exam content. Looking at the exam 70-668 outline is a good entree to the next whiteboard I have for you here and this is a description of this course and how you can best use it to pass your 70-668 exam. And the first thing I'd like you to do is compare that exam page from Microsoft and its list of stated objectives with our outline of this 20 nugget series. You'll find a one-to-one mapping actually in between these video titles and the content in that outline. My goal whenever I create a course for you is to provide 100% coverage of every single exam objective listed in a vendor's outline. So we are going to leave this first nugget, of course, and dive right into "Designing a SharePoint Physical and Architecture and Network Infrastructure". And then just go right into it. A common question that comes up for students is: "Does it matter if I watch these nuggets sequentially or can I just jump hither and yon?" Ultimately, the choice is up to you and the skills that you are coming into this series with.

00:06:31

My best advice, though, the standard advice I give, is that you do, in fact, start at the beginning, proceed until the end and stop if you don't mind the quote from Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". The reason I give you this suggestion is twofold.

00:06:52

One, I tend to build skills and contents sequentially, that is, as we work through these nuggets, we are going to assume in later nuggets that we've already picked up skills and concepts that were covered earlier in the course. So if are coming in with a high-skill set you may not mind to that, but if you are fairly new to the material you are really going to want to have that earlier knowledge in order to apply that to a concept later in the course. So that's one reason. Another reason is that I do explicitly make reference to previous nuggets in my training, in the name of providing flow through the course. I want this course, as I want all of my courses, to flow smoothly and not just be a collection of individual disparate nuggets. You see what I mean? Moreover, you are going to get maximum bank for your buck with my courses if you have some ability to practice these skills in your own environment. Please, look into downloading evaluation versions of Windows Server 2008, SharePoint 2010, Visual Studio. You can download trial versions of any or all of that software; you can actually download preconfigured virtual hard-drive file from Microsoft and if you have any kind of a fairly new computer you should be able to set up a one- or two-host practice lab network with a minimum of fuss using a desktop virtualization software. The one I like to use is made by formerly Sun, now Oracle; it's called VirtualBox, it's a free download and you can install one or more virtual SharePoint servers and all run them side by side, assuming you have enough memory on your host system on a single computer.

00:08:43

Gone are the days when I got into computing in the mid-90s -or got into professional computing I should say-, any kind of practice lab or demo work involved separate pieces of hardware. Nowadays, with virtualization that's not necessary and I am very grateful for that. Our final element in this nugget is: What about the 70-668 exam in particular? What do you need to know to pass it? Of course, I am not going to give you details that would violate the non-disclosure agreement that all exam candidates must attest to prior to taking the test. But I can give you some general publicly available information. First of all, you should know that, when it comes time to register, you need to go to prometric.com/microsoft.

00:09:54

You can register on the telephone or through the website. Microsoft exams are all standardized at 125 USD per attempt. Now, you know, that might seem like a high price of admission and it is, but I want you to understand that almost always Microsoft has their second shot promotion going. What second shot is, if you haven't used it, is that you register for a second shot first. It's important that you do that because then the code you get from second shot can be used in conjunction with your initial exam registration, such that if you don't pass that test on the first try, you can redeem your second shot voucher code and get a second attempt on that exam. So that effectively cuts down the costs of your exam 50%.

00:11:02

Please, don't register for a Microsoft exam unless you can get a second shot. More recently, Microsoft has been offering these second shot exam packs. Now, these are cost-effective solutions if you know that you are going to go all the ways, for instance, to the MCITP.

00:11:34

You know you have to pass the 667 TS exam as well as the 668 test; you can actually buy second shot vouchers that cover both of those exams and you get a discount. So you are getting a smaller financial hit initially on that because you are investing on the entire track upfront and with second shot that means you get two attempts at each of those tests, really good stuff. Now, as far as the specifics of those exams, 667 is more of a feature familiarity test. I created a CBT nuggets course to cover SharePoint 2010 70-667. You actually would be well-advised to study that course if you have a CBT nuggets streaming subscription. There's some excellent content in there and really it forms the foundation of what we are covering in the 668 skill set. By feature familiarity, I am talking about understanding chiefly all of the new and changed features in SharePoint 2010.

00:13:10

Now, you have to understand from a business perspective, look at it from Microsoft's point of view: they want people to certify on their new versions of their products and they want those certification candidates to understand those new and changed features. So I always tell students: "Pay attention to the deltas, the changed stuff and the new features because chances are the questions you see most coverage on, on that test, are going to be focused on those new and changed features." So, therefore, you come out of the 667 exam having a really broad understanding of what SharePoint can do, from a ground-level administrator's point of view. By contrast, the 668 exam uses instead of just a straight-ahead short-form multiple-choice format, you have more of a case-study format. Therefore, whereas at 667 you are putting on the hat of a day-to-day systems administrator with SharePoint, with 668 you are taking more of a manager's system architect's role and we are concerned more with overarching planning, architecture kinds of issues. Because it's a case-study type exam, you can expect there's a lot more to read. I mention this with specific emphasis on my students for whom English is not their primary language. Of course, Microsoft localizes exams in multiple languages, but you want to keep in mind that the 668 exam does involve quite a bit of reading comprehension. You read the case, you have to deeply understand everything that's going on in that situation, that fictional business case, and then answer a series of questions that pertain to that scenario and you are going to need to pull out your bag of tricks, so to speak, your knowledge of all of the SharePoint 2010 features to figure out which one or ones are most appropriate for any particular planning or architectural task. Alrighty then, in this introductory nugget we learned about SharePoint Certification, so at this point you should have a very crisp understanding of what's involved to earn the MCTS and/or the MCITP in SharePoint 2010 Administration and/or Application Development.

00:16:34

You also should know now how we've structured the course to match 100% to Microsoft's published exam objectives and tips for approaching the material, lab environment, watching the nuggets sequentially, etc. And then finally I gave you the heads-up on registering and taking and ultimately passing, of course, the 70-668 pro exam. Without any further to do, let's strap on our thinking caps and get ready to have some fun and master some very interesting SharePoint 2010 material. I hope that this has been informative for you and I'd like to thank you for viewing.

Designing the SharePoint Physical Achitecture and Network Infrastructure

Designing the Logical Taxonomy

Planning for Farm Deployment and Sandboxed Solutions

Planning for High Availability

Planning Service Applications

Planning a SharePoint Component Strategy

Designing an Upgrade and Migration Strategy Part 1

Designing an Upgrade and Migration Strategy Part 2

Designing a SharePoint Security Architecture

Planning and Deploying Authentication Methods

Planning Maintenance and Provisioning Strategies

Establishing an Enterprise Monitoring Plan

Planning SharePoint 2010 Backup and Restore

Defining Enterprise Search Requirements

Planning a Search Topology Strategy

Planning SharePoint Governance

Planning Enterprise Content Management

Planning for Social Computing and Collaboration

Planning a Business Intelligence Strategy

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