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SharePoint 2013 Administration Training

Course ID: CP-SSC2013
Duration: 5 Days

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This intensive course has been designed to teach experienced IT Professionals the essential skills required to administer a SharePoint 2013 environment. You will learn how to create a new SharePoint Server 2013 farm and to configure it by adding service applications, Web applications, site collections and sites. The course also explains the benefits and details involved with creating tenancies and site subscriptions to manage and configure a set of site collections. This course will teach students how to create and configure service applications and Web application by writing PowerShell scripts in addition to showing how it can be done by hand using Central Administration.

Along the way students will learn about configuring services applications such as Business Data Connectivity Service, Manage Metadata Service, User Profile Service, MySites and the new unified SharePoint Search service. Students will additionally learn how to use the supported tools to monitor the health of a SharePoint farm as well as how to deploy and monitor custom business solutions including custom business applications that have been developed using the new SharePoint App Model. The course also includes a module discussing SharePoint 2013 support for backup and disaster recovering and a module which examines how to migrate content from SharePoint 2010 to a new farm created with SharePoint 2013.

The course can be used to prepare students for the following Microsoft Certification Exams:

  • 70-331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
  • 70-332: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

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Attendees should have experience working as an IT professional in a Windows network environment and be familiar with installing and configuring Windows Server 2008, Active Directory and SQL Server. It is recommended (but not required) that attendees have user-level experience with any version SharePoint.

Course Outline

Module 01: Getting Started with SharePoint 2013

This module introduces the basic architecture of SharePoint 2013 while highlighting the aspects of product which have been enhanced in this new release. There will also be a discussion about which features and services are available with SharePoint Foundation as well as the Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition of SharePoint Server 2013. The first module will conclude with an intensive primer on Windows PowerShell to ensure that all students have the basic skills required to read and write Windows PowerShell scripts which will be an essential skillset for later lectures and labs.

  • SharePoint 2013 Architecture
  • What's New in SharePoint 2013  
  • Windows PowerShell Primer
  • Lab Virtual Environment

Hands-on Lab: Getting Started with SharePoint Server 2013

  • Exercise 1: Copy the Student files folder to the root drive of the WingtipServer VM
  • Exercise 2: Working with the Windows PowerShell Console Window
  • Exercise 3: Writing and Debugging Windows PowerShell Scripts
  • Exercise 4: Using the ActiveDirectory Module to Manage User Accounts and Groups

Module 02: Installing SharePoint 2013

This module steps through the details required to prepare for and install SharePoint Server 2013 in an on-premise environment. There will be an initial discussion of the hardware requirements and software requirements for installing SharePoint 2013. The lecture demonstrates how to create dedicated service accounts in Active Directory and how to run the SharePoint 2013 Prerequisite Installer. This module concludes by showing you how to install SharePoint 2013 and how to create a SharePoint 2013 farm and its configuration database.

  • Hardware Requirements and Perquisite Software
  • Creating Dedicated Service Accounts
  • Installing SharePoint Server 2013
  • Creating a new SharePoint 2013 Farm
  • Getting Around in Central Administration

Hands-on Lab: Installing SharePoint Server 2013

  • Exercise 1: Create Dedicated Service Accounts in Active Directory
  • Exercise 2: Run the SharePoint Server 2013 Prerequisite Installer
  • Exercise 3: Install SharePoint Server 2013
  • Exercise 4: Getting Around in Central Administration

Module 03: Topology and Farm Configuration

This module begins by introducing farm topologies and discusses how to scale a SharePoint 2013 farm by adding additional web servers and application servers that are configured for specific server roles. The lecture will also discuss how to use the Central Administration site to perform day-to-day administrative activities such as configuring managed accounts and time jobs. This module also describes the essential administrative task of creating and configuring service applications within a farm and demonstrates how to accomplish this by hand in Central Administration as well as by writing PowerShell scripts.

  • Farm Topologies
  • Caching and Request Management
  • Configuring Managed Accounts
  • Creating and Configuring Service Applications

Hands-on Lab: Configuring a SharePoint Server 2013 Farm

  • Exercise 1: Working with PowerShell in the SharePoint 2013 Management Shell
  • Exercise 2: Working with Managed Timer Jobs
  • Exercise 3: Registering Managed Accounts
  • Exercise 4: Creating a Service Application Instance by Hand
  • Exercise 5: Configuring Service Applications using the Farm Wizard

Module 04: Health Monitoring and Optimization

This module explores common techniques used to monitor SharePoint 2013 farms and to optimize their performance. You will learn how to troubleshoot problems using the Developer Dashboard and how to read diagnostic information from ULS logs and the Logging Database. The module also discusses using the new Health Analyzer and configuring Usage Reporting. The lectures introduces the Request Manager which is new in SharePoint 2013 and discussed how it can be configured to take maximum advantage of your existing hardware.

  • ULS Logging
  • Logging Database
  • Health Analyzer
  • Useful Debugging Tools

Hands-on Lab: Monitoring and Troubleshooting

  • Exercise 1: Reading ULS Logs
  • Exercise 2: Using the SharePoint Developer Dashboard
  • Exercise 3: Examining the Health Rules used by the Health Analyzer

Module 05: Configuring Security and Authentication

This module discusses the SharePoint 2013 options for configuring user authentication and discusses why Microsoft has deprecated Classic Mode authentication in favor of newer Claims-based security model. You will learn how to configure user Windows authentication using Kerberos, NTLM and Basic Authentication as well as how to configure FBA where user names and passwords can be maintained in a SQL Server database. You will also learn the skills required to leverage the Windows Azure Access Control Service (ACS) to configure an on-premise farm to support authentication through external identity providers such as Windows Live and Facebook.

  • Application Pools and Service Accounts
  • User Authentication in SharePoint 2013
  • Configuring Authentication Providers
  • Configuring Web Applications

Hands-on Lab: Configuring Security

  • Exercise 1: Add Active Directory Users as Farm Administrator
  • Exercise 2: Configuring Application Pools and Service Accounts
  • Exercise 3: Configuring DNS Settings in DNS Manager
  • Exercise 4: Create a new Web Application which uses Kerberos Authentication
  • Exercise 5: Add Test SSL Certificates to the WingtipServer VM
  • Exercise 6: Creating a new Web Application that uses SSL
  • Exercise 7: Configure Internet Explorer to Login Automatically

Module 06: Configuring Web Applications

This module discusses the essential issues to consider when creating and configuring Web applications within an on-premise farm. You will learn how to create and manage the content databases associated with a Web application as well as how to configure list throttling and site quotas. This lecture also discusses the disciplines and governance strategies which an organization can employ when creating and managing 1000s of sites and site collections in an enterprise environment.

  • Creating and Configuring Web Applications
  • Managing Site URLs
  • Creating Host Header Site Collections
  • Self Service Site Creation
  • Managing Content Databases

Hands-on Lab: Configuring Web Applications

  • Exercise 1: Configuring General Web Application Settings
  • Exercise 2: Creating a Site Collection using Central Administration
  • Exercise 3: Creating Host Header Site Collections
  • Exercise 4: Creating Host Header Site Collections using a Wildcard SSL Certificate

Module 07: Managing Site Collections

This lecture begins by discussing the standard site templates available in SharePoint 2013 for creating various types of sites such as Team Sites, Blank Site and Publishing Sites. You will learn about capacity planning strategies which can be used to prevent site collections and content databases from growing too large. The module also discusses how permissions and access control are managed within the context of a site collection and then demonstrates the best practice technique of configuring permissions in terms of SharePoint groups. This lecture also introduces the essential concepts of SharePoint tenancies and site subscriptions and shows how creating and configuring SharePoint tenancies provides new options for configuring and managing sites.

  • Site Templates
  • Site Design
  • Site Collection Security
  • Understanding Tenancies
  • Configuring Subscriptions
  • Hands-on Lab: Creating Site Collections
  • Exercise 1: Create a Document Center Site in the Wingtip Intranet
  • Exercise 2: Create a Blog Site as a Host Header Site Collection at
  • Exercise 3: Create a Publishing Site at
  • Exercise 4: Creating a Site Collection in a New Content Database
  • Exercise 5: Install and Begin to use Microsoft Office 2013 SharePoint Designer

Module 08: Business Data Connectivity Service

The module describes the basic architecture and enhancements to the Business Data Connectivity Service (BCS). You will learn how to create External Content Types and to configure them with profile pages to establish read/write connections to backend data sources. You will also learn how to expose External Content types in SharePoint sites using External Lists. The module will also teach you how to leverage the new OData support in the BCS to create connections to any OData-compatible data source on the Internet. Along the way you will learn to integrate the Secure Store Service when configuring BSC security with advanced techniques involving secondary security credentials and overcoming the double-hop authentication problem.

  • BCS Overview & Architecture
  • External Content Types
  • Using External Content Types
  • Creating External Content Types
  • Security

Hands-on Lab: Creating External Content Types with the BCS

  • Exercise 1: Creating the SQL Server Database named WingtipCustomersDB
  • Exercise 2: Creating A Secure Store Service Application
  • Exercise 3: Create an External Content Type using SharePoint Designer 2013
  • Exercise 4: Create an External List Based on the External Content Type

Module 09: The Managed Metadata Service

This module introduces the architecture, capabilities and enhancements to the Managed Metadata Service and the Term Store in SharePoint 2013. You will learn how to create taxonomies of managed metadata which can be used to tag items and documents. You will also see how to use the Content Organizer to route documents based on criteria such as the document's content type and metadata tags. There will be a discussion of configuring a site collection as a Content Type Publishing Hub to syndicate a collection of custom content types and site columns for use across all the site collections within a farm.

  • Managed Metadata Service (MMS) Overview
  • Document Sets
  • Records Management
  • Managing Large Content Sets
  • eDiscovery

Hands-on Lab: Working with the Managed Metadata Service

  • Exercise 1: Creating a Taxonomy with the Managed Metadata Term Store Tool
  • Exercise 2: Use the Taxonomy in a SharePoint List

Module 10: Configuring The User Profile Service

This module discusses how to take advantage of the User Profile Service and the Social Networking features in SharePoint Server 2013. You will learn how to create and configure a User Profile Service Application as well as how to synchronize user profiles against Active Directory user accounts using the User Profile Synchronization Service. The module discusses several other topics which rely on User Profile Service Applications such as notes and tagging, audience targeting and MySites

  • Overview of User Profiles and Social Networking
  • Creating a User Profile Service Application (UPA)
  • User Profile Synchronization Service (UPS)
  • Creating and configuring Audiences
  • Creating and Managing My Sites
  • The Task Management Service

Hands-on Lab: Configuring the User Profile Service

  • Exercise 1: Creating the User Profile Service Application
  • Exercise 2: Working with MySites
  • Exercise 3: Configuring the User Profile Synchronization Service

Module 11: Configuring SharePoint Server 2013 Search

Previous versions of SharePoint included various search implementations between SharePoint search & FAST search. In SharePoint 2013 Microsoft has merged their search implementations into a single, unified search architecture. This module introduces the new search architecture of SharePoint 2013 and discusses how to use the new search features. In this module students will learn about the search architecture as well as how to leverage it in custom solutions.

  • SharePoint 2013 Search Overview
  • Configuring Search
  • Executing Search Queries
  • Search Verticals
  • Custom Entity Extraction

Hands-on Lab: Configuring Search in SharePoint 2013

  • Exercise 1: Creating the Search Service Application
  • Exercise 2: Configuring the Search Service Application
  • Exercise 3: Executing Search Queries

Module 12: Configuring Workflow in SharePoint 2013

This module take a look at the new SharePoint 2013 workflow architecture and steps you through configuring workflow support in an on-premises farm with SharePoint 2013.

  • Workflow Changes in SharePoint 2013
  • Installing and Configuring Workflow Manager
  • Creating Workflows with SharePoint Designer
  • Interop with SharePoint 2010 Workflows

Hands-on Lab: Configuring Workflow in SharePoint 2013

  • Exercise 1: Install & Configure Workflow Manager 1.0
  • Exercise 2: Creating SharePoint 2013 Workflows with SharePoint Designer

Module 13: Deploying SharePoint Apps and Custom Solutions

This module begins by discussing the use of farm solution and sandboxed solutions to deploy site customizations and custom business solutions. Next, you will learn about the architecture of the new SharePoint app model and how to configure an on-premises farm to supports apps. The module concludes with a look at the new SharePoint 2013 workflow architecture and steps you through configuring workflow support in an on-premises farm.

  • SharePoint Solutions
  • The New SharePoint App Model

Module 14: Backup, Restore and Disaster Recovery

This module covers the essential strategies required for backing up and restoring content in and across SharePoint 2013 farms. The discussion begins with versioning and the Recycle Bin. Then you will learn to back up and restore site collections, Content Databases and entire farms using Windows PowerShell scripts and by hand through Central Administration. The modules conclude with a discussion of how to prepare for disaster recovery so that you can restore a SharePoint 2013 farm in the event of catastrophic server failure.

  • Overview
  • Versioning and Restoring Documents
  • Configuring Recycle Bin Behavior
  • Backing up and Restoring Content
  • Disaster Recovery
  • High Availability
  • Hands-on Lab: Backing Up and Restoring Content
  • Exercise 1: Create Some Content to Back Up
  • Exercise 2: Back up the Product Management Site with PowerShell and SQL
  • Exercise 3: Recover Deleted Information using Central Administration

Module 15: Upgrading Content from SharePoint 2010
This module focuses on what is required to upgrade content from SharePoint 2010 farms to SharePoint 2013. You will learn how to use the database attach strategy to migrate site content from a SharePoint 2010 farm to a SharePoint 2013 farm. You will also learn which SharePoint service applications offer a strategy to migrate their content and which do not. The module also introduces the concepts and mechanisms involved with the Visual Upgrade feature which allows users to begin working migrated sites using the SharePoint 2010 UI mode and then after a time to switch over to the standard UI mode of SharePoint 2013.

Upgrade Concepts and Terminology
Migrating Content with Database Attach
Upgrading Site Collections
UI Modes
Hands-on Lab: Upgrading Content from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013

Exercise 1: Preparing SharePoint 2010 Content Databases for Upgrade
Exercise 2: Restoring the SharePoint 2010 Content Database in a SharePoint 2013 Farm
Exercise 3: Mounting the Restored Content Database 

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