Book Review: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-667): Configuring Microsoft SharePoint 2010
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Published: 01 Nov 2011
Abstract
Microsoft Certification Exams are tough even though it is multiple choice. You should refer to training kits available on the market before attempting an exam. Configuring Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is a comprehensive Self-Paced Training Kit for those looking to obtain Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Certification. The book examines all aspects of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 in a detailed manner with the help of a mock exam in the accompanying CD-ROM. In this review, Anand analyses the content of the book and also provides suggestions for the improvement.
by Anand Narayanaswamy
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Introduction

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.

Inside the Book

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.

The eighth chapter looks into the implementation of enterprise service applications. The ninth chapter provides detailed information of deployment of SharePoint 2010. One can also learn how to upgrade from previous versions of SharePoint to SharePoint 2010.

The tenth chapter helps one to learn the different ways to customize SharePoint 2010. The final chapters examine the implementation of business continuity as well as the various ways by which you can monitor and optimize performance of a SharePoint application.

Each chapter includes several lessons followed by the review and summary of each chapter. Moreover, the companion media (CD) includes a practice exam, which I hope will not only help one to judge the knowledge one has gained from the book but will also enable one to face the real exam with confidence. The CD contains an exam simulator similar to what you will see while taking the real exam.

The author provide detailed coverage of each concepts followed by the relevant steps in list format. Moreover, information is also presented in tabular format in addition to links to useful resources under the heading More Info.

I would suggest the authors to provide multiple choice questions similar to that of the real exam at the end of each lesson so that readers can straight away test drive the knowledge they have gained by reading the book.

Conclusion

From my point of view, Configuring Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Self-Paced Training Kit is an excellent training material for those preparing to take Microsoft Exam 70-667. The book provides in depth and comprehensive coverage of all the concepts related to SharePoint 2010 and content relevant to the exam.

About the Reviewer

Anand Narayanaswamy is the author of Community Server Quickly. He works as a freelance writer based in Trivandrum, India and runs http://www.technoenclave.com, which provides reviews of Windows based freeware tools, articles related to Windows 7 and other technology/blogging related articles.

About the Book

Title

MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-667): Configuring Microsoft SharePoint 2010

Author

Dan Holme, Alastair Matthews

Publisher

Microsoft Press

ISBN - 13

978-0-7356-3885-3

Edition

September 2011

Pages

864

Price

$69.99

Amazon Price

$43.07

Rating

****

 



User Comments

Title: Nwe   
Name: Nwe Nwe
Date: 10/14/2012 12:52:44 PM
Comment:
Thanks a lot for giving information about sharepoint 2010
and how to learn it.
Title: shekhar   
Name: shekhar malhotra
Date: 3/24/2012 2:28:18 PM
Comment:
This is very informative and helpful for all MCTS students ...
It has helped me a lot during my preparations ....

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