Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-667) Configuring Microsoft SharePoint 2010 (MCTS) (Microsoft Press Training Kit) 1st Edition

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Dan Holme is a consultant with extensive and cutting-edge experience in Microsoft technologies.

Alistair Matthews has spent the last ten years developing with, consulting on, and communicating about both Developer and IT Professional sides of SharePoint, Visual Studio, Active Directory, Exchange and Windows.

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  • Series: Microsoft Press Training Kit
  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735638853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735638853
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Ascher is the lead for Python projects at ActiveState. He holds a B.S. in physics and a Ph.D. in cognitive science, both from Brown University.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Reid on December 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
The book and the exercises are quite good if you're new to SharePoint configuration. They give you quite a good overview of the basics in upgrading, setting up and maintaining a SharePoint server, but once you have it up and running you'll need another resource. I found it a good read, and does offer a basic introduction to SharePoint configuration, but you wouldn't want to rely on someone who's ONLY used this book in the real world.

The labs are pretty straight forward, but you will probably need the answers file open for some of them as a few steps are missed in the initial setup which are important.

If you're buying this book in the hope that you will pass the config exam, I'd have to say you'll be disappointed. It does cover things on the exam, but nowhere near the level you need to know the topics. The MeasureUp tests included with the book are a complete waste of time. I sat for my exam today ( passed thankfully ) but they're not even close to the actual questions you'll get. They are amazingly basic, and really offer nothing but a "good feeling" for you when you get a high score doing practice tests ( if that floats your boat ). Really though if you know that if the question asks you to "install" something, and you know this rules out the "uninstalling" answers, you will be hitting 95%+ on these tests pretty regularly.

If you're going for the exam, you can use this book as a basic start, but then get other books, such as Wrox's Professional Sharepoint 2010 Administration, and other resources such as Technet and MSDN otherwise you'll fail dismally ( which is probably good advice for whatever MS exam you want to do ).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 23, 2011
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... providing you have another text reference to work with and providing you purchase it at the price Amazon sells it for.

Some time ago I moved from Exchange responsibilities to Sharepoint Administration and was looking for an official reference material to build from. Unfortunately, it seems as though the publishers/authors pulled just ENOUGH info to put together a decent study kit. Alone, it may not help you gain a passing score for the exam, but it will give you a good overall picture of sharepoint 2010. It excels in explaining basic concepts. The exercises throughout the lessons, served their basic purpose, which was to expose you to common sharepoint practices, processes and tools, such as Central Admin. This book does its best to explain complex topics like claims-based authentication, but it kind of chokes throughout its attempt to paint a clear picture. For the most part, I've been using Wrox's "Prof Sharepoint 2010 Admin" book, as my main point of reference. But when I would like to cross reference material I just learned, I'll use the MS Study kit.

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Throughout the book, I kept coming across a peculiar trend, in the form of this wording: "discussed later in this chapter" or "discussed later in this lesson" or "in this Training Kit" ... etc. These were empty promises, as I rarely was able to find where in the book, I could continue studying a topic that it said it would "discuss later".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Max's Buddy on May 25, 2012
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This book is not an exam prep book. It is a very poorly executed training course. The practice exams are fluff and can be easily passed if you can read and can pick up on contextual queues. The authors seem to spend more time pontificating on their personal experience than helping the reader prepare for the exam. It includes way too much extraneous content and does not focus on the exam. This book should have been a 200 page book (tops!) to help prep for the exam. Instead, it meanders, wanders, and includes information that is unecessary. And it does all of this poorly.
Quality: With the number of errors in the exercises, errors in the book and errors in production, this book should NEVER have been published.
Do not buy this book, I wish I could get my money and time back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Boone on March 31, 2012
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I just sat for the exam yesterday and failed with a score of 605 (700 is the minimum). I used this book, the practice tests included and TechNet to prepare. This book does not contain all the material covered on the test. As another reviewer mentioned, the MeasureUp practice tests are a complete waste of time...nothing at all like the test.

However, if you need a basic SharePoint 2010 reference guide, this one isn't bad. Find it used (like I did) and put it on the shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin M Rickles on November 2, 2011
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Very good for studying for the exam and also for getting exposed to "real-world" SharePoint. I would definitely recommended if studying for the exam and also for getting acquainted with SharePoint 2010 - especially the practices. Nice work Dan Holme and Alastair Matthews.
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Microsoft SharePoint is one of the great tools being used by .NET developers to build custom Intranet and Extranet applications. As the demand for SharePoint developers grows rapidly, companies demand the services of certified professionals. Therefore, Microsoft created a certification exam named Configuring Microsoft SharePoint 2010 which, when passed, provides one with the title of Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist. Prospective developers, however face a severe shortage of learning materials which they can make use of to learn and practice before facing the exam.

Configuring Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is a Self-Paced Training Kit authored by Dan Holme and Alistair Matthews. The book focuses solely on the important concepts relevant to the exam with the help of detailed explanations and exercises. The book is divided into 12 chapters which are further divided into several lessons.

The first chapter examines the steps required to create an Intranet using SharePoint 2010 and it provides detailed information of the basic software requirements and configuration of SharePoint Server.

While the second chapter examines the steps required to administer and automate SharePoint, the third chapter enables one to manage web applications created with SharePoint 2010. The lessons in this chapter examine IIS Configuration, Authentication, Access Mappings and much more.

The fourth chapter helps you to administer and secure SharePoint content. The fifth chapter examines service applications and the use of managed metadata service. The sixth chapter examines the configuration of user profiles and social media, while the seventh chapter examines the steps required to administer SharePoint search.
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