• Published:
    January 6, 2016
  • Languages:
    English, German, Japanese
  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    SharePoint Server 2013
  • Credit toward certification:

Recertification for MCSE: SharePoint

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Design a SharePoint topology
  • Design an information architecture
    • Design inter-site navigational taxonomy; design site columns and content types; design keywords, synonyms, best bets, and managed properties; plan information management policies; plan managed site structures; plan term sets
  • Design a logical architecture
    • Plan application pools; plan web applications; plan for software boundaries; plan content databases; plan host-header site collections; plan zones and alternate access mapping
  • Plan SharePoint Online (Office 365) deployment
    • Evaluate service offerings; plan service applications; plan hybrid search scenarios; plan site collections; plan customizations and solutions; plan security for SharePoint Online; plan for SharePoint Online admin roles; plan networking services for SharePoint Online
Plan security
  • Plan and configure authentication
    • Plan and configure Windows claims authentication; plan and configure identity federation; configure claims providers; configure OAuth authentication; plan and configure for anonymous authentication; configure connections to ACS
  • Plan and configure platform security
    • Plan and configure security isolation; plan and configure services lockdown; plan and configure general firewall security; plan and configure antivirus settings; plan and configure certificate management
  • Plan and configure farm-level security
    • Plan rights management; plan and configure delegated farm administration; plan and configure delegated service application administration; plan and configure managed accounts; plan and configure blocked file types; plan and configure web part security
Install and configure SharePoint farms
  • Create and configure enterprise search
    • Plan and configure search topology; plan and configure result sources; plan and configure crawl schedules; plan and configure crawl rules; plan and configure crawl performance
  • Create and configure Managed Metadata Service application (MMS)
    • Configure managed service application proxy settings; configure content type hub settings; configure sharing term sets; plan and configure content type propagation schedule; configure custom properties; configure term store permission
  • Create and configure User Profile Service application (UPA)
    • Configure UPA application; setup My Sites and My Site hosts; configure social permissions; plan and configure sync connections; configure profile properties; configure audiences
Create and configure web applications and site collections
  • Provision and configure web applications
    • Create managed paths; configure HTTP throttling; configure List throttling; configure Alternate Access Mappings (AAM); configure authentication provider; configure SharePoint Designer settings
  • Manage search
    • Manage result sources; manage query rules; manage display templates; manage Search Engine Optimization (SEO) settings; manage result types; manage search schema
  • Manage taxonomy
    • Manage site collection term set access; manage term set navigation; manage topic catalog pages; configure custom properties; configure search refinement; configure list refinement
Maintain core SharePoint environment
  • Troubleshoot SharePoint environment
    • Establish baseline performance; perform client-side tracing; perform server-side tracing; analyze usage data; enable developer dashboard; analyze diagnostic logs
Plan business continuity management
  • Plan for SQL high availability and disaster recovery
    • Plan for SQL Server clustering; plan for SQL Server Always-On; plan for SQL Server Log Shipping; plan for SQL Server mirroring; plan for storage redundancy; plan for login replication
Plan SharePoint environment
  • Plan and configure search workload
    • Plan and configure search result relevancy; plan and configure index freshness; plan and configure result sources; plan and configure end-user experience; plan and configure search schema; analyze search analytics reports; plan and configure result throttling
  • Plan ECM workload
    • Plan and configure E-Discovery; plan and configure document routing; configure co-authoring; plan and configure record disposition and retention; plan large document repositories; plan and configure software boundaries
Upgrade and migrate SharePoint environment
  • Upgrade site collection
    • Perform health check; analyze and resolve health check results; plan and configure available site collection modes; plan and configure site collection upgrade availability; plan and configure EVAL mode; plan and configure site collection upgrade throttling
Create and configure service applications
  • Create and configure App Management
    • Create and configure App Store; create and configure subscriptions; configure marketplace connections; configure DNS entries; configure wildcard certificates
  • Configure service application federation
    • Plan services to federate; perform certificate exchange; manage trusts; manage service application permissions; publish service applications; consume service applications
Manage SharePoint solutions, BI, and systems integration
  • Plan and configure BI infrastructure
    • Plan and configure performance point; plan and configure reporting services; plan and configure PowerPivot; plan and configure Excel Services; plan and configure Power View; plan and configure BI security

Who should take this exam?

This exam is for individuals looking to maintain their MCSE: SharePoint certification. It is based on the exam objectives from 331 and 332.

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