SharePoint Certification 70-667… Step 1, the movie…

Ok, so this is not some nifty cool technobable that tells you how to repair an elevator with a safety pin.  Nor is it a dissertation into the core of Microsoft technology to the nth degree.  It is  a journey and maybe, ah say maybe, you can pick up some material here for getting SharePoint certs…  Before the the Office Portion of the test came out, I was able to take the beta of that test.  It was a grueling three hours but it did end up with a MCP certification.  If you can score a beta test, it’s well worth the effort.  I discovered my opportunity through twitter.

My first step is to start writing this series.  By putting down note, I’ll remember.  By putting it on the web, I’ll remember there too… (my cellphone, tablet,  heck a library computer in a pinch).  The free WordPress blog site certain is affordable.

My second step and, technically, the first step from Microsoft is to download the SharePoint 2010 – IT Pros Overview from Learning Plan for Configuring Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 on Microsoft Learning.  Note, these do not cover

So, step one:


The first step is a video. The first thing that’s apparent is that SharePoint has some roots in BI.  When you step into a document library of over a million records and start navigating by dynamic dimensions it’s pretty cool.  The speed demonstrated was amazing.  Personally, my experience has  differed slightly but it’s all good.

The presentation was really “We’re so great” that at times it was hard to listen too.  That being said, there is a lot of good information but it is quickly getting dated.  For better or worse, SharePoint management gets better with System Center.  Specifically, SCOM.  Lots of plugs for BING too.

BING: SharePoint Best Practices


Taking a fresh look at Best Practices is always a good thing to do.  The movie reiterates investing time in PowerShell.  Lot’s of good demos too.d

I’ll end this with:

Was the video worth watching?  Certainly.  There was a lot of good information and it served as an overview of SharePoint.  I think this would be true even if you’ve spent a lot of time with the product.  The next step is to go through:


Why?  I’ve been through courses, I’m comfortable with the product and work with it daily.  Why go through all of this?  This is about the test.  Tests focus on what Microsoft feels is important for you to know about SharePoint.  This may not be the same as the stuff you’re working with…  Shocker huh!

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