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  • Published:
    July 12, 2010
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  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
  • Credit toward certification:

PRO: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Administrator

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Designing a SharePoint 2010 farm topology (27%)
  • Design physical architecture
    • Translating information architecture to physical architecture, determining capacity for a SharePoint farm (storage, number of users/SharePoint Online licenses, bandwidth utilization, intranet/extranet, hardware), and scaling Web farm and services infrastructure
  • Design SharePoint integration with network infrastructure
    • Planning for internal and external farm communications, establishing network perimeter configuration, networking, Active Directory Domain Services, Active Directory Federation Service (AD FS) 2.0, DNS, SQL storage, IIS, analyzing infrastructure services
  • Design logical taxonomy
    • Planning sites and site collections, planning for collaboration sites, planning My Site sites, planning for Office 365 domains, planning for zones, planning for Service Applications (service application associations), Web applications, content databases, managed paths, sites and sub-sites vs. libraries, libraries vs. folders vs. document sets, security boundaries, software boundaries, site hierarchy, and content deployment path methodology
  • Plan for sandbox solutions
    • Content isolation, feature deployments, trusted solutions, resource quotas
  • Plan for farm deployment
    • Sequential deployment, planning standalone deployment (Microsoft SQL Server Express), planning single-server farm (SQL Server), planning cross-farm services, planning multi-server deployment in an N-Tier Farm, and designing a SharePoint virtual environment
  • Plan for availability
    • Designing SQL Server failover clustering strategy, types of availability (high-performance, acceptable downtime, Recovery Point Objective, Recovery Time Objective), types of mirroring, high availability, high protection, whole farm as a failover cluster, and designing the Web Front-End NLB strategy

Preparation resources

Planning SharePoint 2010 deployment (26%)
  • Plan service applications
    • Formulating a Business Connectivity Services (BCS) strategy, planning a Microsoft Excel Services strategy, implementing a BI solution, planning service application server roles, planning a Web server forms strategy (Plan InfoPath Forms Services), and SharePoint Online term store
  • Plan a SharePoint component strategy
    • Web parts, Web applications, Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Silverlight, SharePoint features and solutions, workflow, site templates, site definitions, multilingual deployment, master pages and layout files, and e-mail integration
  • Plan an upgrade strategy
    • Supporting hardware upgrades (for example, 32 to 64 bit), operating system upgrade, in-place upgrade, MOSS upgrade, and SQL Server upgrade
  • Design a migration strategy
    • Database migration, custom features, read-only and detached databases, designing a test and QA implementation plan (for example, development to production), migrating content databases, moving content between farms, moving content to and from the farm, moving content within the farm, and rollback
  • Design security architecture
    • Planning security for WebApp site collection, designing SharePoint users and groups administration, taxonomy of SharePoint security groups, managed accounts, site security (permission levels, list permissions, site permissions, personal permissions, default and custom security groups), planning for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), and SharePoint Online external users
  • Plan and deploy authentication methods
    • Planning for integration of multiple authentication sources/types, planning for NTLM authentication, planning for Kerberos authentication, planning for Forms-Based Authentication (FBA), planning for Claims Authentication (Identity and Access Management), planning for Secure Store Service, planning for Single Sign On (SSO) for SharePoint Online

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Defining a SharePoint 2010 operations strategy and business continuity (25%)
  • Design a maintenance strategy
    • Preparing test plans for patching and maintenance, SharePoint Maintenance Manager, rebuilding SQL indexes, search maintenance (ranking, most queried items)
  • Recommend provisioning strategies
    • Managing self-service components (My Sites, service architecture administration, external user invitations), delegating site administration, limiting site templates and page layouts, assigning quotas, defining policy for Web application, public website
  • Establish an enterprise monitoring plan
    • Developing monitoring points for performance and availability, utilizing performance monitoring, analyzing search reports, Web analytics, diagnostic logging, usage logging, analyzing health and usage data (SharePoint Health Analyzer, Office 365 Service Health), and validating farm topology against performance requirements
  • Plan SharePoint backup and restore
    • Farm, farm configuration, site collection, Web applications, service applications, snapshots, content database, configuration database, custom features, solutions, site, list, document library, remote blob storage (RBS), and recycle bin; developing and testing recovery strategy and implementation plan, server recovery, site recovery, granular backup and recovery strategy, exporting a site or list, recovering data from an unattached content database

Preparation resources

Planning for search and business solutions (22%)
  • Define search requirements
    • Types of data, types of distribution (Internet, extranet), segregation of data, index file location, index size, federation requirements, content sources, search scopes, search taxonomy, server name mappings, promoting or demoting exclusions, synonyms and compound search processing, and defining facets for search
  • Plan search topology
    • Indexing strategy (indexing redundancy), index partition, query component, property database, crawler component, separate crawler servers (scaling, host distribution rule), and administration component
  • Plan an enterprise search strategy
    • Designing information access and enterprise search strategy, planning for metadata and search, people search, search reporting, and planning enterprise search technology (FAST vs. SharePoint enterprise search)
  • Plan enterprise content management
    • Records management, BPM (record deployment), document management, metadata planning, information management policies, implement data taxonomy structure, Web Content Management (WCM), and Information Rights Management (IRM)
  • Plan for social computing and collaboration
    • User profile service, user profiles, organization profiles, audiences, My Sites, social tags, and planning enterprise wikis, blogs, and personalization sites
  • Plan for a business intelligence strategy
    • PerformancePoint service (dashboards and scorecards), Excel Services Service, Visio Graphics Service, SQL Reporting Services, PowerPivot service, chart Web parts, and report center

Preparation resources

Who should take this exam?

This exam validates the skills and knowledge necessary for designing and deploying SharePoint Online and on-premise SharePoint 2010 SP1 infrastructures. Candidates should have a minimum of two years of experience administering, deploying, managing, monitoring, upgrading, migrating, and designing SharePoint solutions. In addition, candidates should be familiar with multitenant deployments.

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