SharePoint 2010 and 2013 Training - Critical Path Training

Professional SharePoint 2010 for Administrator’s Webcast


This  course has been designed to teach experienced IT Professionals the essential skills required in administrating a SharePoint 2010 environment. You will quickly learn to install SharePoint Server 2010 and to create a new farm, Web applications and site collections and sites. The course explains SharePoint farm topologies and discusses strategies for scaling a farm by adding Web servers and application servers.


SharePoint Foundation introduces a new service application architecture which replaces the older SharePoint 2007 architecture for Shared Service Providers (SSPs). The course teaches you how to create and configure service applications so they provide access to share resources across Web applications and across farms. You learn how to configure services applications in a new farm using the new Farm Wizard. The course also make a point of teaching you how to create and configure SharePoint 2010 service applications by hand because you will frequently encounter scenarios in production environments where using the Farm Wizard is not appropriate.


The course covers new SharePoint 2010 security enhancements and introduces you to the concepts and terms associated with claims-based security. You will learn how to configure a Web application to support Windows authentication, claims-based authentication, forms-based authentication, anonymous access and SSL.


SharePoint farm administrators are often faced with critical decisions about how to manage large amounts of content across sites, site collections and content databases. The course covers capacity planning considerations and discusses using governance to control the use and growth of the content. Along the way you will learn about other critical SharePoint 2010 administration skills including scripting with Windows PowerShell, upgrading from SharePoint 2007, recovering lost content and planning for disaster recovery.


The real power of SharePoint 2010 lies within the service applications included with SharePoint Server 2010. The course covers how to configure the SharePoint Server Search Service to facilitate searching through SharePoint site content as well as external content. You will also learn to take full advantage of SharePoint 2010 by configuring other service applications including the Managed Metadata Services, the Business Data Connectivity Service, the Secure Store Service and the User Profile Service.


The course focuses on best practice technique of using features and solution packages to deploy site customizations and custom business solutions. You will learn how to deploy and manage solution packages at the farm-level. The courses then introduces you to the new sandboxing architecture in SharePoint Foundation and discusses how sandboxed solutions provide a more reliable way to run custom code within a production environment. You will learn how to configure the Sandboxed Code Service and how to monitor sandboxed solutions running within your farm.


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

Student Prerequisites

Attendees should have professional experience with system administration in a Windows network environment. Attendees should have previous experience installing and configuring Windows Server 2003 / 2008, Active Directory and SQL Server. It is recommended (but not required) that attendees have previous experience working with SharePoint sites from the user perspective.

Hands-On Lab Requirements

To do the labs students will need to create a virtual machine (VM) that has SharePoint Server 2010 & Visual Studio 2010 installed and configured. Critical Path Training has developed the Critical Path Training SharePoint Server 2010 RTM Virtual Machine Setup Guide, a step-by-step guide on our site to assist with this process. This guide is available in the Members section of our website.

The Critical Path Training SharePoint Server 2010 Virtual Machine Setup Guide walks you through creating a new SharePoint 2010 virtual machine. SharePoint 2010 has steep hardware requirements (64-bit hardware, at least 4GB of RAM on the hosting machine/virtual machine). The setup guide we use demonstrates / advocates using Microsoft’s virtualization technology (Hyper-V, which is only available in Windows Server 2008). However you can use any virtualization technology to create your own virtual machine. This includes products like VMWare Workstation, Virtual Box or other options. Each virtualization product has different hardware and software requirements so make sure you check the one that makes the most sense for you.

Please note that you do not need to have the virtual machines created in order to attend the webcast.

Class Agenda

This online class runs Monday through Friday for 3.5 hours each day from noon until 3:30 PM EDT. Each day consists of two lectures with follow up Q/A time. Each day we provide students with take-away lab exercises which we expect students to complete on their own time before the next day of class.

Daily Schedule (GMT -0500)
Lecture: Nooon – 1:15 PM
Q/A time: 1:15 – 1:30 PM
Break: 1:30 – 2:00 PM
Lecture: 2:00 – 3:15 PM
Q/A time: 3:15 – 3:30 PM

Class Detailed Agenda

Module 1 - Getting started with SharePoint 2010

This introductory module introduces students to the fundamental terminology and architecture of SharePoint Foundation and describes the new platform enhancements with the greatest impact on SharePoint administrators. The module also examines the different editions available for SharePoint Server 2010. The module concludes with a discussion of hardware and software requirements and using virtualization techniques to build testing and production environments.

  • SharePoint Foundation Architecture and Terminology
  • SharePoint 2010 Enhancements Targeting Administrators
  • SharePoint Server 2010 Editions
  • Hardware and Software Requirements
  • Virtualization Considerations

Module 2 - Install SharePoint Server 2010

This module explores the various topologies that can be used to build a SharePoint 2010 farm and introduces the new Service Application architecture of SharePoint Foundation. Students will learn how to choose between common deployment topologies when installing SharePoint Server 2010 in a variety of scenarios. The module also discusses best practice techniques for creating dedicated service accounts in Active Directory to provide the identity for various worker processes in a SharePoint 2010 farm.

  • Understanding Farm Topologies
  • Service Application Architecture
  • Creating Dedicated Service Accounts in Active Directory
  • Installing SharePoint Server 2010
  • Creating the Farm and the Configuration Database

Module 3 - Configuring SharePoint Server 2010

The module explores the Central Administration Web Site and discusses how to configure SharePoint Server 2010 after initially creating a new farm. You will learn how to leverage Managed Service accounts and how to configure and schedule timer jobs . The module discusses when to use and when to not to use the Farm Configuration Wizard. The lecture and lab will show you how to create new service application instances by hand for scenarios where using the Farm Configuration Wizard is not appropriate.

  • Getting Around in Central Administration
  • Managed Service Accounts
  • Managing Timer Jobs
  • Using the Farm Configuration Wizard
  • Configuring Service Applications by Hand

Module 4 - Configuring and Administrating Security in SharePoint 2010

This module examines the different styles of authentication supported in SharePoint 2010 and introduces terms and concepts of claim-based security. You will learn how to install certificates and configure SSL as well as how to configure Windows authentication, Claims-based authentication and forms-based authentication.

  • Windows Authentication
  • Claims-based Authentication
  • Forms-based Authentication
  • Intranet/Extranet/Intranet Considerations
  • Configuring Certificates and SSL

Module 5 - Creating and Configuring Web Applications

This module discusses the techniques required to create and manage Web Applications. You will learn to configure Web Applications with host headers and alternate access mappings. The module also explains how to control resource usage within a Web Application by creating quotas and adjusting the new SharePoint Foundation thresholds for list throttling. The lecture will conclude with a discussion of configuring a Web Application to allow for anonymous access.

  • Configuring DNS and Host Headers
  • Creating New Web Applications
  • Configuring Alternate Access Mappings
  • List Throttling and Quotas
  • Configuring Anonymous Access

Module 6 - Writing Administrative Scripts using Windows PowerShell

The lecture introduces students to the new world of Windows PowerShell scripting. You will learn how to call cmdlets and use pipelining from the interactive console windows. You will also learn how to write, test and debug Windows PowerShell scripts using the Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE). Finally, you will learn how to load the SharePoint PowerShell snap-in and call cmdlets provided by SharePoint 2010.

  • Introduction to Windows PowerShell
  • Windows PowerShell Console Window
  • Writing Windows PowerShell Scripts
  • Loading the SharePoint PowerShell Snap-in
  • Writing Administrative Scripts for SharePoint 2010

Module 7 - Upgrading Farms from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010

This module focuses on what is required to upgrade SharePoint 2007 farms to SharePoint 2010. You will learn the difference between an in-place upgrade and database attach upgrade as well as the technique for running a hybrid approach. The module also introduces the concepts and mechanisms involved with the Visual Upgrade feature which allows users to begin accessing a SharePoint 2010 site using the older SharePoint 2007 user interface and then to migrate the new SharePoint 2010 user interface.

  • Preparing a SharePoint 2007 Farm
  • In-Place Upgrade
  • Database Attach Upgrade
  • Using a Hybrid Upgrade Approach
  • Understanding Visual Upgrade

Module 8 - Configuring Search in SharePoint Server 2010

This module provides an overview of SharePoint 2010 search capabilities and discusses what search functionality is available under various SKUs. The instructor will compares and contrasts SharePoint Search architecture with the architecture of FAST Search. You will also learn how to configure the Search Service Application and to create custom search pages within a site using the Search Web Parts included with SharePoint Server 2010.

  • Overview of Search in SharePoint 2010
  • SharePoint Search Architecture versus FAST Search
  • Configuring the Search Service Application
  • Creating Search Pages using the Search Web Parts
  • Using Custom Ranking Models

Module 9 - Configuring SharePoint Server 2010 Service Applications

SharePoint Foundation and SharePoint Server 2010 provide much of their functionality through service applications. This module walks through configuring commonly-used service applications including the Managed Metadata Service, the Business Data Connectivity Service, the Secure Store Service and the User Profile Service.

  • Creating Term Sets and Taxonomies with the Managed Metadata Service
  • Creating External Connections using the Business Data Connectivity Service
  • Creating Secure Application with the Secure Store Service
  • Configuring the User Profile Service

Module 10 - Planning for Backup, Restore and Disaster Recovery

This module covers several different strategies for backing up and restoring content. The discussion begins with versioning and the Recycle Bin. Then you will learn to back up and restore site collections 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 farm in the event of catastrophic server failure.

  • Versioning and Restoring Documents
    Configuring Recycle Bin Behavior
    Site-Level Backup and Restore
    Preparing for Disaster Recovery
    Recovering the Farm After Server Failure

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