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Configuration and management of SharePoint 2010's platform.

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This SharePoint video training with Tim Warner covers Microsoft’s web application platform, including topics such as deploying new installations and upgrades, managing web applications, and more....
This SharePoint video training with Tim Warner covers Microsoft’s web application platform, including topics such as deploying new installations and upgrades, managing web applications, and more.

Recommended skills:
  • One year of of configuring SharePoint and related technology

Recommended equipment:
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

Related certifications:
  • MCTS: SharePoint 2010, Configuration
  • MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010

Related job functions:
  • administrators

SharePoint Server 2010 puts Microsoft Office workflow under your command. Tim Warner's training provides a very nice balance between transferring practical SharePoint administration skills, end-user/information worker skills, and certification exam preparation. It also covers the major troubleshooting touch-points that frustrate IT administrators.

With SharePoint Server 2010 you'll facilitate collaboration and Enterprise search, provide content management features, implement business processes, and supply access to information essential to organizational goals and processes.

This training includes lots of tips and tricks not only for SharePoint 2010 administrators, but also for SharePoint 2010 developers. By the time you've finished watching, you'll have a solid grasp of how to manage AND develop for the SharePoint 2010 platform.
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1. Course Introduction (20 min)
2. Deploying New Installations and Upgrades Part 1 (55 min)
3. Deploying New Installations and Upgrades Part 2 (53 min)
4. Configuring SharePoint Farms Part 1 (55 min)
5. Configuring SharePoint Farms Part 2 (38 min)
6. Configuring Service Applications Part 1 (57 min)
7. Configuring Service Applications Part 2 (56 min)
8. Configuring Index and Search Part 1 (48 min)
9. Configuring Index and Search Part 2 (46 min)
10. Managing Operational Settings Part 1 (50 min)
11. Managing Operational Settings Part 2 (54 min)
12. Managing Accounts and User Experience (38 min)
13. Managing Authentication Providers (49 min)
14. Managing Web Applications (38 min)
15. Managing Site Collections (39 min)
16. Customizing SharePoint 2010 (42 min)
17. Deploying and Managing SharePoint Solutions (38 min)
18. Managing SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Part 1 (44 min)
19. Managing SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Part 2 (30 min)
20. Monitoring and Performance Tuning SharePoint 2010 (38 min)

Course Introduction


Hello and welcome to the CBT Nuggets Exam 70-667 Exam Pack. Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring. My name is Tim Warner and I'm honored to be your trainer for this training series. Let's have a look at our game plan for this introductory nugget. We're going to cover the following ground. First, I'm going to give you a primer on SharePoint Certification. Not only the current generation of SharePoint 2010, but also how these current certifications tie into the previous SharePoint server 2007, and Windows SharePoint services 3.0 certification exams.


I'll then describe to you best practice suggestions on how you can derive as much bang for your buck and your time, and effort of course, in studying this course. After that, I'll share with you some specific schematic information regarding the 70-667 certification exam and offer you some useful strategies to that end. Let's get to work. About SharePoint certification. Microsoft's baseline IT certification is called MCTS. This stands for Microsoft certified technology specialist and the way they have the MCTS credentials set up is that you can gain your TS certification in a variety of different Microsoft technologies. It used to be before Microsoft revised their certification program, that you would pass a single exam and become what's called a Microsoft Certified Professional. I think Microsoft realized that that was bit too vague. We as IT professionals want to be able to document the specifics of our IT skill set for showing to potential employers, clients and so forth. Therefore with the MCTS program, as I said, you could earn this credential in SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Exchange 2010, Windows Server 2008 Administration, .Net Software Development, Windows Web or both, SQL Server 2008 the list goes on and on. Of course, we're concerned with the SharePoint 2010 titles and there are two of them at the technology specialist level. Of course, we're concerned with SharePoint administration. This is our current exam under discussion, 70-667.


Once you pass that exam you become a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist in SharePoint 2010 configuration and administration. Microsoft has historically given not just SharePoint administrators, but also SharePoint developer, a slice of the pie. If you are interested in certifying your skills as a .Net developer in SharePoint technologies, the TS exam for that is 70-573 and it qualifies you as a SharePoint Application Developer. One important difference between SharePoint 2010 certifications and SharePoint 2007 ones is that in 2007, we didn't have the Microsoft Certified IT Professional or MCITP credential. The ITP is Microsoft's premiere, or top level certification.


Again, you can earn your ITP in a variety of Microsoft products and technologies. Now in SharePoint 2010, once you pass the 667, you have to have this one under your belt, you can pass the 70-668 exam to become a Certified Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator.


Analogously speaking on the application development front, there's a pro exam called 70-576 that certifies you as a SharePoint 2010 Designer and Application Developer. Quite honestly, as of this recording in late 2010, these titles MCTS, MCITP are not as well known as the old school MCP and MCSE, systems engineer is the second one, titles are, so if you go to Dice.com or some other IT-centric job search board, you'll gradually start to see job descriptions that mention these new titles but frankly its going take a while before hiring managers, and certainly non-technical human resources people, really begin to identify these titles. but Microsoft has certainly dug their heels in with these and they're not likely to change any time soon so please don't be afraid to exert the blood, sweat and tears necessary to study for, and pass, these tests. SharePoint Certification Evolution. I think it's instructive for me to share with you a comparison contrast study between the current SharePoint 2010 credentials and the ones that Microsoft has published to support the Microsoft Office SharePoint server on MOSS 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services WSS3. The first point we actually covered in the previous whiteboard with SharePoint Server 2007, there is no top tier or premium level credential, namely the MCITP. You could earn your MCTP in MOSS 2007 and, or WSS3.0 but there was no top tier. Another important distinction is that in 2010 there is no separation between the freely available SharePoint Foundation and the full -fledged SharePoint Server 2010 premium product. The previous generation of SharePoint was, as I've repeated several times, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 which is a free download from Microsoft and actually comes standard with later editions of the Windows Server 2008 operating system. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, also called MOSS 2007 is the enterprise version that builds upon the WSS foundation. Maybe that relation of WSS being foundational to MOSS 2007 is why Microsoft now calls the successor to WSS3 SharePoint Foundation. But anyway, Microsoft probably moreover figured that they're just going to take all of the technology skills that are involved in any kind of SharePoint administration and roll them into a single title. I think it makes sense quite frankly. Now, is it worthwhile your pursuing the WSS, or the MOS 2007 titles? I do want you to know that there's no upgrade path from the previous version so if you're starting from scratch. I would suggest you go to what we're directly studying now, the 667 exam, and certify in SharePoint 2010. It's a little bit surprising to see Microsoft announcing this retirement so early. On the Microsoft Learning website, they have published that the 70-632 test, this is the one on WSS3.0 configuration, is scheduled to retire on March 31st 2011.


It's kind of disappointing, quite frankly, but it's the way of the Microsoft certification world. The third point I need you to understand and, of course, this whiteboard is geared primarily to folks who either a) have some previous experience with MOSS 2007 and/or WSS3.0, and/or individuals who have one or both of those previous version MCTS titles. But nonetheless, I want you to understand that in SharePoint 2010 land, we have much more content to cover. The best way I can describe the content coverage on the exam proper for the MOSS 07 and WSS3.0 skill set is that it was narrow and deep. I got the impression, and I'm just speaking as an outsider to Microsoft Learning, I wasn't involved in any of these exam developments, of course, that the exams didn't cover every single feature of SharePoint 07 or WSS3.0, but the ones that they did cover, Microsoft asked very in depth technical questions, such that if you went into you 70-631 or 70-630, that's the MOSS 2007 exam, if you went in there without having some really in-depth, practical knowledge of those platforms, then you are very likely to fail that exam. By contrast, in SharePoint 2010, the current 667 exam, I would describe the content coverage as being wide and shallow. Now, the folks at Microsoft Learning probably wouldn't be too happy, me describing their exam as shallow, but it's true frankly. You have to know a little bit about every feature in SharePoint 2010. I earned my first Microsoft certification in 1997, and I remember taking the Microsoft official curriculum, or mock class, in Window 95 Support and that was one of the best and first lessons I ever received on tackling Microsoft certification exams. The Microsoft Certified Trainer that I had for that class described the Windows 95 Support exam in the same way that I'm describing the SharePoint 2010 one. You have to know a little about every technology in the product, and when you're coming to this brand new with no previous experience in SharePoint, yes it's daunting. there's no question about it. Individuals who have some prior experience with the previous versions of SharePoint are certainly at an advantage here. However, and I'll expand on this in the next whiteboard, I am in no way, shape or form going to leave you SharePoint newbies out in the dust.


How this course works. The first thing I always say when I reach this point of any CBT Nuggets course that I teach, is that I structure the nuggets in a series, strictly on the certification vendors published list of exam objectives. So, what we see on the right of this whiteboard is a run of all 20 nuggets in this series. and you'll notice that in many cases, the subject matter is too broad to fit in a single nugget, so we wind up splitting that coverage over two nuggets in the form of part one and part two. So we're obviously in nugget one. We'll then start with installing and performing upgrades, an initial configuration of SharePoint and then we go into Farm configuration, service application, configuration, index and search, operational settings and security, accounts and users, authentication, web apps, site collections. It's a really broad, as I said, range of technology departments, shall we say, with respect to SharePoint 2010. So I have some tips for you actually, but before we get into the specific tips on how you can best maximize your study with this course, let's go out onto the web. The first website you should always be aware of as a Microsoft certification candidate is the Microsoft Learning website at microsoft.com/learning.


I really like the way they have their navigation set up. You can search by certification, by training. If you're just brand new or getting started, you can read about certification. What I recommend you do, is go under certification, by product/technology, and then you can see the portfolio of products that Microsoft offers certification for. The course we're interested in SharePoint server, and on this page Microsoft goes on to give us handy links to examine the Technology Specialist or MCTS titles, there's the ITP or the Microsoft Professional level, and then there are even two above that; the Microsoft Certified Master and the Microsoft Certified Architect. Both of those are beyond our scope. I also wanted you to see what an exam objective page looks like. This is the Microsoft Learning page for exam 667, our technology specialist, or TS exam SharePoint 2010, Configuring. And if we go under skills measured, you'll notice we go through these sections that Microsoft is kind enough now, they used to not do this, give you a relative weighting of each portion of the outline. So installation and configuration is 25% of the exam, managing a SharePoint environment is 26, working with applications 24 and then performance, tuning, troubleshooting and maintenance is 25. So, this is pretty much evenly spaced in four basic sections. You'll notice that the outline starts with deploying new installations, configuring Farms, configuring service applications. That should be no surprise to you because I just showed you how we structure the nuggets of this course. I also, just for the sake of comparisons and interest, wanted to show you the exam page for exam 70-630.


This is the SharePoint Server 2007, Configuration test. And I just wanted to buzz through the outline here, so you can see what's going on. Again, the percentages are given and at first blush, you think, wow, look at this. They're breaking things down into topic areas, 15 or 16 % per. So at first blush there seems to be a lot of information here, but really the basic technologies, SharePoint technologies, that are covered, don't really hit every single aspect of the server. This is a much more compact outline than what we saw in SharePoint 2010. And, as I mentioned a couple of times, the degree of depth, you might even call it picky depth, that Microsoft gets into on these questions is pretty crazy.


Now then, tips for maximizing your study time for this course. I often get asked by students, should I watch your nuggets in any old order, or should I watch them sequentially? Well, if you have quite a bit of experience with SharePoint 2010, I can see that you would want to jump in, let's say, right into index and search here. Maybe that's something that you'll be challenged within your live SharePoint installation at work and you want to get to the good stuff. I would say, if you're not interested in passing the exam, you just need quick information for applying directly in your current role at work. Then, sure go for that.


But for maximum learning, I recommend that you watch the nuggets sequentially and there's a couple of reasons for that. I record these nuggets and teach in such a way that I like to build knowledge incrementally, so as we proceed through the course, we're building foundation knowledge, and building on top of it. And by the time you're midway, three quarters of the way through the course, you've amassed a pretty large content snowball so to speak, that has amassed a lot of mass and volume over the course of your time invested. Also, you'll find that I introduce or include, I should say, many cross-references in the training. So, if you just were to dive into index and search, you might hear me reference, not explaining, but simply cross-referencing, skills and procedures that I showed you in the previous nuggets. And if you haven't watched those nuggets, and studied them, you might feel a little bit out of the loop. You see what I mean? So, those are the main reasons why I recommend you watch the nuggets sequentially. Second, and this is really crucial. It's not going to do you all that much good just watching me do demos and to listen to my voice describe these concepts to you. You really need to practice, I would recommend in a virtual machine environment. Now, if you're not familiar with virtualization, virtualization refers to running a software based instance of a computer. And that could be a server computer, a workstation computer, all in the context of software. So on my Macintosh, let's say, I can install a VirtualBox which is free. you can also install Microsoft Virtual PC 07, although that's Windows only software. And inside a virtual machine, run an instance of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, SharePoint 2010 etc., and if you have evaluation versions of those software products, you can install them one by one, but you can also download a preconfigured virtual hard drive file or VHD directly from Microsoft. If you do a Google search, as you see me doing here ,for SharePoint 2010 VHD, there's plenty of links. Here's one right here that will enable you to download, as I said, an evaluation version of that software. This looks like a pretty big VHD that gives you two Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Virtual Machines to demonstrate Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 and Project Server 2010. And then there's instructions on how to work with it. Now, this may not be the best link to go to, because this virtual disk image works with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtualization. So, there may be a little more digging you need to do on the internet, but I give that to you because like I said, best case scenario, you have my nugget running in one window, and your installed instance of SharePoint 2010 running in a virtual machine. And you can work right alongside me. You really need to know how to do this stuff in addition to having just the conceptual information straight in your mind in order to pass the certification exams. And to that end, research, research, research. Remember, wide and not so deep. So you need to really understand, end to end, what's going on in SharePoint 2010. I'll certainly be sprinkling this training with lots of valuable links on the web for further research.


But anyway, I suggest, you look not only as SharePoint 2010 stuff but also MOSS 07 stuff and WSS3.0 stuff, so you have a better picture of the evolution of this product and how much content overlap there might be. Our final subject for this nugget are a run of several 70-667 exam tips. Now, you'll notice here, I've corrected myself. It's really difficult for me, for some reason, to avoid transposing 6 and 7. This is a tough exam to remember the number for. Is it 667 or 677? It's actually 667. Anyway, not sure if you've taken a Microsoft certification exam before or not, you want to register. In fact, you have to register with Prometric, prometric.com.


There's another IT certification registrar out there called Pearson View but Microsoft has formed an exclusive partnership with Prometric, so there's not much leverage there. If you go to prometric.com/microsoft, you will reach Microsoft's homepage at the Prometric site. This will allow you to get the cost of the exam. It's 125 USD per attempt. And also, locate a test center, schedule your test.


You can pay for it online if you want to. You can even do rescheduling and confirmation. Now, this locate a test centre is important. Again, you want to make sure you're going to a Prometric test centre. There is no Microsoft at the Pearson View web portal, so it's kind of easy to avoid that error. You just want to make sure you're finding a legitimate Prometric testing center that's relatively near to your location. As far as specifics, you can expect approximately 50 questions and approximately 75 minutes.


I'm not giving hard numbers here, because I'm not going to violate my nondisclosure agreement, or NDA, that every Microsoft test taker has to accept before he or she is allowed to take the test. Well known, though, is the passing score, which historically for Microsoft has been 70%, 700 on a 1000 scale. And yes, it is possible to score 100% on a Microsoft exam. I've done that a few times actually. To wrap up, some familiarity with SharePoint Server 2007 would be helpful, although not strictly necessary to pass the 667 exam, and I'm not playing Mr. Salesman here, believe me, but for those of you who have a streaming subscription to CPT Nuggets, I would recommend you check out the training course I did to support WSS3.0 and MOSS 2007. And, I don't think you can be over prepared for an exam that involves this much conceptual knowledge. So, I wanted to pass that onto you anyway.


Introductory nugget review. Let's take a look at our agenda again, and make sure we've covered these points. At this point, you should have a pretty good handle on SharePoint certification, the evolution of SharePoint certification from the MOSS 07 days to the SharePoint 2010 days and you should also understand the difference between the MCTS and the MCITP certification titles.


You also by now should have a really clear understanding on whether you're best suited for this course. You should know how I put the course together for you, how it maps to stated exam objectives and some really good important sites to go to at the Microsoft website to learn more about their program and these exams in particular. Finally, we looked at the mechanics of the 70-667 exams, some of its 'hows' and 'whys', how to register, etc. as well as some useful exam tips. I hope that this has been informative for you, and I'd like to thank you for viewing.

Deploying New Installations and Upgrades Part 1

Deploying New Installations and Upgrades Part 2

Configuring SharePoint Farms Part 1

Configuring SharePoint Farms Part 2

Configuring Service Applications Part 1

Configuring Service Applications Part 2

Configuring Index and Search Part 1

Configuring Index and Search Part 2

Managing Operational Settings Part 1

Managing Operational Settings Part 2

Managing Accounts and User Experience

Managing Authentication Providers

Managing Web Applications

Managing Site Collections

Customizing SharePoint 2010

Deploying and Managing SharePoint Solutions

Managing SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Part 1

Managing SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Part 2

Monitoring and Performance Tuning SharePoint 2010

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