Do you need to learn SharePoint 2013 administration? Well, congratulations! You have found the perfect class! This 5-day course will take you on quite the SharePoint adventure, whether you are new to SharePoint administration altogether, or a seasoned pro with previous versions and are just looking to accelerate your understanding of 2013.
This course will focus on what you need to know and do as a SharePoint Administrator in the real world. It is not focused on “academic exercises” or “exam prep” but instead will teach you real world nuts-and-bolts that you can take home and put into use right away. For example: the install and configure labs are done using a least privileged install method, and nothing is done ahead of time for you. You install all of the prerequisites, you will create all of the AD accounts, you will update DNS, and more. Why? Because when you get back to your office, none of those things will be magically done for you, so why should it be in class? That is the mentality of the labs in this course - teaching you exactly what you need to know without skipping over important details.
This 5-day course is written and taught by guys who have been doing nothing but SharePoint consulting for years. But don’t worry, they aren’t new to training. They have taken their knowledge over the years to help author 5+ different hands on, multi-day SharePoint administrator courses. This doesn’t include the countless sessions and workshops they have delivered all over the globe on SharePoint. Still not enough? How about the fact the team includes Todd Klindt and Shane Young, two of the most well-known SharePoint Administrator MVPs in the world? Or the fact the team has been responsible for authoring at least 7 different SharePoint administrator books, including their latest release Professional SharePoint 2013 Administration?
You are not going to find a better team for SharePoint Administrator training anywhere, so sign up today!
The class is structured as a combination of lecture, demo, and hands-on labs. The hands-on labs will be hosted on the Rackspace Open Cloud.
Students will need to bring a laptop that can run Remote Desktop and connect to the internet. No special software or hardware specs required. If you are unable to bring a laptop please, note that when you register and a loaner will be provided for use in class.
Module 1: Core SharePoint Concepts
This module dives right into getting all your ducks in a row before you start. Topics include: “What are the different versions of SharePoint you should consider” and “Why SQL and Windows are so important to SharePoint.”
- Office 365 vs. The Cloud vs. On Site
- The role of Windows Server, SQL Server, and email servers
Module 2: Installing SharePoint 2013
Pretty much all of your other SharePoint skills are worthless if SharePoint isn’t installed properly. So that is what you learn and do in this module. You’ll learn how to install SharePoint the same exact way we do for our customers. Of course, before you can install it, you need to understand the hardware requirements of SharePoint 2013, so that is covered as well, including a discussion on virtualization and SharePoint.
- Installing like we do for our customers
Module 3: Configuring the Farm
Having SharePoint installed correctly is half the battle. Before anyone can actually use your perfect installation, you’ll have to configure the farm. In this module you will dive into what service applications are, and how to deploy them. This leads you into the conversation of how to scale out your SharePoint farm. And for the icing on the cake, learning how to install Workflow Server will be the grand finale of this module.
- Explaining services apps
- Service accounts and Managed accounts
- Creating all of the service apps
- No Wizard = No GUIDs
- Workflow Server.
Module 4: User Content - Web Applications, Site Collections, and Webs
Seems like such a simple module. Everyone knows about all of these things already. Or do they? Over the years, we have found that there is a lot of grey area when it comes to understanding SharePoint’s containment hierarchy that whole days have been lost to that one slide. Luckily, you are pretty bright and that will not happen in this class. The idea though is everyone needs to speak the same, consistent language, so that is the basis of that module. Once that’s out of the way, you will dive into creating all of the things users interact with.
- Path based site collections vs. host header
- Creating web apps, site collections, and webs
- Information Architecture and Governance basics
Module 5: Site Collection Administrator Role
Even if you aren’t technically going to be a site collection administrator, you will be the one they come to for help. This module is all about making sure you are ready to provide that help. Also, the better you understand their role the easier it is for you to explain why it isn’t your job.
- Core functionality
- Branding overview
Module 6: PowerShell
PowerShell is the basis for all things Microsoft-administrator-related, so you need to be a ninja with it. If you aren’t, don’t worry, it is one of our favorite things to teach. Everything about SharePoint is made better with PowerShell, so the idea is that we need to teach you everything. No, not really. That would require an entirely separate class if we wanted to do that. Instead, in this module we will teach you how to learn PowerShell, introducing you to the five basic cmdlets everyone needs to know. Then we will expose you to some fancy scripts and even let you take them home as a cheat sheet. This module is an instructor’s favorite.
- SharePoint scripts
Module 7: Search
Oh Search, how thou hath changed. SharePoint Search is all new in SharePoint 2013. How, you ask? Well, FAST Search for SharePoint is gone and all of its functionality has been rolled directly into SharePoint, creating a whole new architecture and set of capabilities. It’s all very exciting, with lots of new things to learn.
- Architecture and scaling
- New UI capabilities
Module 8: Social and User Profiles
Since this whole “social enterprise” topic refuses to go away, you need to learn it. Fortunately, SharePoint has lots of awesome capabilities here, but getting it setup the first time can be quite the challenge. Never fear, we haven’t forgotten who our audience is: the bulk of this module is spent helping you get the beast configured to sync with AD, and not how to make status updates or create blogs.
- Profile imports from AD
- New Social hotness
Module 9: The Extranet and Internet
Since SharePoint 2013 has great collaboration and content management features, Extranet and Internet scenarios are quite popular. In this module we will discuss firewalls, authentication options, and secure information architectures. There won’t be a lot of doing here; it’ll be more of a discussion of how to properly deploy things with an eye on security.
Module 10: Dealing with Developers
No administrator’s course would be complete without a solid explanation of what those other guys are doing. While this module is written tongue-in-cheek, it’s actually pretty important. It discusses the different development options and output that admins will encounter, and how to administer each type. New in 2013 is the App Store, which is great fun for developers but causes some headaches for administrators. This module is the pain reliever.
- Features and Solutions
- App store
- Code access security
Module 11: SQL Skills for the SharePoint Administrator
Congratulations. If you are a SharePoint Administrator, you are also a SQL Administrator - even if you didn’t know it. SharePoint lives and dies by the performance of SQL Server, so as a good admin you need to know the ins and outs. Ever wonder what transaction logs are or why SQL uses so much RAM? This is your module.
- How SQL Server works
- SQL Maintenance plans
- Shredded storage
Module 12: Backups and Restores
Hopefully no explanation is necessary for why this module is important. The idea here will be a discussion of what to backup and how to back it up. Then, of course, even more important is the restore portion. This is a biggie - you won’t want to miss this one!
- Making things high availability
Module 13: Upgrade and Patching
Seems appropriate that this would be Module 13, because it feels like a little luck has to be involved with upgrades and patching. Well, this module is all about learning the right way to do these task and the tools available to you. And while upgrades and patching might seem like two different topics, they are not. Every patch or service pack you put on SharePoint is a mini upgrade, so learning how to perform them properly is an essential tool to know.
- Upgrade methods
- Upgrade strategies
- How patching works
Module 14: The Catch-All
If we had it our way, this would be a two week class. There are that many fun things to teach you! But since it is not, this final module is full of all of the random topics that haven’t shown up in class all week.
- Overview of miscellaneous service applications
- Logging and troubleshooting
- Office Web Applications
Class will run 9 am - 5 pm Monday through Thursday, and from 9 am - 2 pm on Friday.