So, here we are at step 3. Tell the truth, I went through a few of the videos, spot checked my knowledge… and decided that since the test I’m targeting is IT based, I can circle back to the dev side later. DevOps… you’ve got to love it.
Since 10279 is eLearning and Free, that sounds like the right one to go with. You can never install SharePoint enough times.
Lets see if I have better luck with the eLearning than I had with the labs…
It’s starting out better, it’s downloading and will play locally. Already miles ahead of the lab.
So far so good.
Next the obligatory Sales stuff but since this will probably be on the test, knowing that SharePoint is composed of Components is a good thing. You’ve got your Sites, Communities, Content, Search, Insights, and Composites. There’s even something call SharePoint Pillars <<come on, you heard the big announcer voice in your head too, with the full on reverb>> that state that SharePoint:
Connects and empowers people, cuts costs an leverages a unified infrastructure and rapidly responds to business needs.
Whoa! That is a lot… Having used the beast for a while now, it does do all of those things. Just make sure you put some quality time in and have a team to help out. Trust me, having a copy installed on a Windows 7 desktop so you can develop some wicked web parts does not a SharePoint guru make.
What do you need to run SharePoint? In the course ware you’ll see something like this:
What’s kind of key here?
If you don’t have a 64bit server just fah-get-it! Yup, SharePoint 2010 will only work on a 64bit box with some internals.
First You are going to want a SQL Server (64 bit) on a different server (Maybe same physical box and Hyper-V?) and a WFE (Web Front End) box running Windows Server 2008 R2 (64 bit) with SP 2.
SQL Versions? 2005 64 bit SP 3 with CU3, 2008 64 bit with sp1 can CU2 or 2008 RS 64 bit.
Confusing? Latest version running 64 bit to be safe.
NOTE: The training doesn’t mention it but be sure to be running at least 16g of ram and at least 260 gb hd and plan your storage well. SharePoint wants a large amount of free hard drive space to lay down a dump in case of a failure. If you don’t have enough space, the Health and Well being report will be very very red!
For the most part, SharePoint works with most of the major web browsers.
NOTE: This will come back to bite you with multi-file uploads. Certain parts of SharePoint only work with IE. With another browser, you will not see the link. So, if you think you should be able to do something and that thing is reasonable and you’re not using IE, try IE and see what happens…here’s the snippet from the material
The next thing they go on about is the SAA or Service Application Architecture. What this really means is that you can split this stuff up.
If you are maintaining SharePoint Central Admin and PowerShell will be very dear friends. Stuff like setting up backup schedules takes PowerShell but to do a targeted granular backup is easier through the browser application.
Fluent UI or Ribbon Interface –> terms to know and love. They mean the same thing and exist across the Office Platform. You know, the one inch +/- depending on your monitor size, etc. strip at the top of the screen? Yes, that’s the Fluent UI. Since it is such a prominent feature, probably good to have a working def. for the one multiple
guess choice question on it.
The fluent UI shows up twice in the “What’s new in SharePoint 2010…” fundamental section. So, there probably WILL be a question.
Another area that is brought out is the new and enhanced monitoring available the admin site. Turning on the developer dashboard helps to diagnose page load issues and such.
Administration the Movie
The movie is all about how the administration functionality has been categorized by function areas from application management to configuration wizards. Again the Fluent UI plays a big role in the administration functions. Plus the new status bar that goes across the top just below the Fluent UI that brings attention to issues within SharePoint.
Administration the Tile Game
A series of tiles with true answers on one side and false on the other…
Click and they Flip…
And pick the correct answer…
I love tricky question like this…first they ask for a negative and the correct answer is “No, all of the above work…”
Next up, part two of Step 3… SharePoint 2010 User Interface and stuff…
So, now we’re here:
So, since I’ve been playing with SharePoint 2010 for a while, rather than watch all the videos, taking the knowledge test seemed to be the right path. When looking at questions like:
You think, “hmmmm, this sounds like a nice tricky question for the test”. The design surface is only available for the Visual Web Part. Tricky, tricky, tricky…
This next question is a good example of a Microsoft leading question:
Which one did you pick?
Well, anything but the last one would be incorrect.
Answers one and two have a lot of words… it has to be one of those right?
Ah such a let down, it’s the short one:
Something I’ve learned from past experience, read all the answers, then choose. A lot of times, you could read the first one, see that it’s long, and you’ve already eliminated the short answers because why? They’re short.
So, in going through this, each module has a series of questions. As these are more developer oriented, they would more likely appear on the dev. exam rather than the IT pro but it never hurts to go through these until you reach the 100% with confidence.
So, skills tested, it’s time to check out the virtual lab…
Opens up in a Hyper-V instance. Took about a minute or two to prep. Of course, it always seems like forever when you’re waiting. Especially when it’s down to those last couple of blocks. The lab promises a better understanding of web parts and linq. Hmmm, should be interesting.
I was surprised to see IE 6 still as a supported browser…
Ah ha… missed the hidden security dialog…
So far so good…
Established the connection and accepted the EULA. The instructions said to click on start, all progs… to open visual studio. Hmmm… I just clicked on the VS icon in the task bar. Seemed a whole lot simpler to me.
Once the IDE loaded it was time to create the EX1 Visual Web Part from the 2010 SharePoint Project Templates. The instructions on the lab are very detailed and tell you exactly where to go and do this. Response is a little slow but reasonable. Don’t miss the UnCheck Create Directory box. I almost did. The SharePoint Customization Wizard popped up with all the right settings so clicking “Finish” was all that was necessary. Again, it took a few for the project to create…actually, it was almost painfully long.
NOTE:When I first started out working with 2010, I set out by creating an environment with VMWare Workstation. By creating the environment locally, you can still follow along with the tutorial but without all the slowness. Worth considering.
Back to the tutorial…
On to the visual webpart webpart. Reminds me of MVVM. Hmmmmm.
Working with the manual in it’s narrow column was ok until this point. The pdf option sounds like a better plan. Continued with the tutorial adding the the SPLinq.cs that step L generated and the added in the linq dll.
Note: I’ve always found it beneficial to set up some mapped driver to specific sharepoint locations. The first is always for:
\\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\
It saves a lot of typing and hunting.
The steps go on, you add the code then you are to simply deploy. While this builds and deploys the webpart, I like to build the project first and fix any typo’s before deploying… just my thing I guess.
Exercise 2 is supposed to take 20 minutes. With the lags on the first, I’m concerned that this may take about an hour. Fired it all up, started the new session… On the one hand, the whole create project thing, while handy once or so, by lab two, just opening an existing blank project and adding the right items from there…poe tay toe poe tah toe…
Ok new blank project created and interface added, I’m ready to go…ran through the exercise, some additional things to note. After completion of inserting the Provider Web Part, you are instructed to build only. After the Consumer Web Part, it’s deploy only. For me, it’s build first, then Deploy. Just my thoughts and I like to be consistent. Also, when deploying, the first time it timed out. Second “deploy” worked fine with no changes.
Project looks like this:
Having gone through it all, the server died and the project didn’t work as advertised. I wanted to go back and make sure the code synched with the documentation but that was not going to be the case.
Overall, it was interesting, a little informative and a little frustrating at the same time.
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.
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!