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M20331 Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to configure and manage a Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 environment. This course will teach you how to configure SharePoint Server 2013, as well as provide guidelines, best practices, and considerations that will help you optimize your SharePoint server deployment.

This is the first in a sequence of two courses for IT Professionals and will align with the first exam in the SharePoint Server 2013 IT Pro certification.

Target Audience:

The course is targeted at experienced IT Professionals interested in learning how to install, configure, deploy and manage SharePoint Server 2013 installations in either the data centre or Mirosoft Azure Hosted Servers. Please note this is not suitable for those wishing to learn about Sharepoint Online as part of an Office 365 deployment.

The minimally qualified delegate typically:

• Is an IT professional who plans, implements, and maintains a single or multi-server deployment of SharePoint Server 2010 or 2013

• Has a working knowledge of, and preferably hands-on experience, with SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint Online

• Has broad familiarity with SharePoint workloads and features

• Have knowledge or experience with business continuity management, including data backup, restoration, and high availability

• Has knowledge or experience with authentication and security technologies

• Has experience with Windows PowerShell


Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

• Describe the key features of SharePoint 2013
• Design an information architecture
• Design logical and physical architectures
• Install and configure SharePoint Server 2013
• Create web applications and site collections
• Plan and configure service applications
• Manage users and permissions
• Configure authentication for SharePoint 2013
• Secure a SharePoint 2013 deployment
• Manage taxonomy
• Configure user profiles
• Configure enterprise search
• Monitor and maintain a SharePoint 2013 environment


An ideal delegate will have at least one year of using Sharepoint and experience with deploying and administering SharePoint 2010 though this is not essential. Because many customers skipped upgrading from SharePoint 2007, a candidate can also have at least 2 years of experience with SharePoint 2007 and knowledge of the differences between 2007 and 2010, particularly the Service Application model.

Ideally, delegates attending this course should possess the following:

• Knowledge equivalent to that obtained from course - Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Core Skills - Level 1

• Knowledge equivalent to that obtained from course - Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Core Skills - Level 2

• Several years' experience as an administrator of SharePoint 2010 ideal - though not essential

• Working Knowledge of administering Internet Information Services (IIS)

• An understanding of the configuration of Active Directory for use in authentication, authorization and as a user store

• Experience or working knowledge of Windows PowerShell 2.0 or 3.0

Course Content

Module 1: Describe the key features of SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 is a document storage and collaborative working platform that offers many benefits to organizations. SharePoint deployments may take many different forms in scope, where a deployment may be focused on only delivering one feature, such as enterprise search, or many features, such as document management, business intelligence, web content management, and workflows. Deployments can also differ greatly in size, with small deployments of a single server up to large deployments with farms of 15 or more servers.

 In this module, you will learn about the core features present in SharePoint 2013, the new features in this version, and what has been removed. You will also learn about the basic structural elements of a farm deployment and how they fit together. Finally you will learn about the different deployment options available to SharePoint 2013.


• Key Components of a SharePoint Deployment

• New Features in SharePoint 2013

• SharePoint 2013 Deployment Options

Module 2: Designing an Information Architecture

Information architecture (IA) defines the structures by which an organization catalogs information. Designing an IA requires a detailed understanding of not only the information held in an organization but also the usage, context, volatility, and governance of the information. A good IA rationalizes the creation and storage of content and streamlines its surfacing and use.

IA design should be platform-neutral, but it must also be driven by the functionality of its environment. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 provides a rich and functional platform for the development and implementation of efficient and effective IA structures. The integral use of metadata throughout SharePoint Server 2013 means that an IA designer has a range of storage, navigation, and retrieval options to maximize usability in a well-structured IA.

In this module you will learn about the core elements of IA design and the facilities and devices available in SharePoint Server 2013 to deploy an effective information management solution.


• Understanding Business Requirements ••Organizing Information In SharePoint Server 2013

• Planning for Discoverability

Lab : Creating an Information Architecture - Part One

• Identifying Site Columns, Content Types, and Term Sets

• Planning Site Structures and Security Boundaries

Lab : Creating an Information Architecture - Part Two

• Designing Keywords, Synonyms, and Managed Properties

• Designing a Taxonomy

Module 3: Designing a Logical Architecture

This module discusses the importance of creating a logical architecture design based on business requirements before you implement a solution. The module covers conceptual content, defining a logical architecture, and the components of SharePoint Server 2013 that you must map to business specifications.

 Requirements gathering, and the development of a solution design, are a complex area of study. There are a range of structured methods for identifying, analyzing, and documenting systems and business processes. This module reviews some of the techniques for analyzing and designing business solutions for SharePoint Server 2013, rather than any specific structured methodology.


• Identifying Business Requirements

• Overview of SharePoint Server 2013 Logical Architecture

• Documenting Your Logical Architecture

Lab : Designing a Logical Architecture

• Plan a Logical Architecture

• Produce a Logical Architecture Diagram

Module 4: Designing a Physical Architecture

When you design a Microsoft SharePoint 2013 deployment, you must carefully consider the hardware and farm topology requirements. Your choices of server hardware and the number of servers that you specify for the farm can have a significant impact on how the farm meets user requirements, how users perceive the SharePoint solution, and how long before the farm requires

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