Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013


This five-day course examines how to plan, configure, and manage a Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 environment. Special areas of focus include implementing high availability, disaster recovery, service application architecture, Business Connectivity Services, social computing features, productivity and collaboration platforms and features, business intelligence solutions, enterprise content management, web content management infrastructure, solutions, and apps. The course also examines how to optimize the Search experience, how to develop and implement a governance plan. and how to perform an upgrade or migration to SharePoint Server 2013.


The course track is targeted at experienced IT Professionals interested in learning how to install, configure, deploy and manage SharePoint Server 2013 installations in either the data center or cloud. In addition, Business Application Administrators (BAAs) engaged in the administering line-of-business (LOB) projects in conjunction with internal business customers would benefit from an understanding of managing SharePoint Server 2013.


Before attending this course, participants should have:
  • Completed Course 20331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013, successful completion of Exam 70-331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint 2013, or equivalent skills
  • At least one year of experience of mapping business requirements to logical and physical technical design
  • Working knowledge of network design, including network security
  • Experience managing software in a Windows 2008 R2 enterprise server or Windows Server 2012 environment
  • Deployed and managed applications natively, virtually, and in the cloud
  • Administered Internet Information Services (IIS)
  • Configured Active Directory for use in authentication, authorization and as a user store
  • Managed an application remotely using Windows PowerShell 2.0
  • Connected applications to Microsoft SQL Server
  • Implemented Claims-based security

At course completion

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the core features of SharePoint 2013
  • Plan and design a SharePoint 2013 environment to meet requirements for high availability and disaster recovery
  • Plan and implement a service application architecture for a SharePoint 2013 deployment
  • Configure and manage Business Connectivity Services features in a SharePoint 2013 deployment
  • Plan and configure social computing features
  • Plan and configure productivity and collaboration platforms and features
  • Plan and configure Business Intelligence solutions
  • Optimize the search experience for an enterprise environment
  • Plan and configure enterprise content management in a SharePoint 2013 deployment
  • Plan and configure a web content management infrastructure to meet business requirements
  • Manage solutions in a SharePoint 2013 deployment
  • Configure and manage apps in a SharePoint Server 2013 environment
  • Develop and implement a governance plan for SharePoint Server 2013
  • Perform an upgrade or migration to SharePoint Server 2013


This course prepares to the exam 70-332: Advanced Solutions Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

Course outline

Module 1: Understanding the SharePoint Server 2013 Architecture

This module introduces the architectural features that underpin Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013, both for on-premises and online deployments. This includes an examination of the features that are new in this version, as well as those that have been removed. This module reviews the basic structural elements of a farm deployment, and the different deployment options that are available in SharePoint 2013.

  • Lesson 1: Core Components of the SharePoint 2013 Architecture
  • Lesson 2: New Features in SharePoint Server 2013
  • Lesson 3: SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Online Editions

Module 2: Designing Business Continuity Management Strategies

This module examines high availability and disaster recovery in SharePoint 2013. When designing high availability and disaster recovery strategies for a SharePoint farm, it is important to understand the different approaches required by each logical tier in the farm. Farm administrators should create a disaster recovery plan that states how content and configurations are backed up, how data can be restored, and what backup schedules are required.

  • Lesson 1: Designing Database Topologies for High Availability and Disaster Recovery
  • Lesson 2: Designing SharePoint Infrastructure for High Availability
  • Lesson 3: Planning for Disaster Recovery

Module 3: Planning and Implementing a Service Application Architecture

This module reviews the service application architecture, how to map business requirements to design, and the options for enterprise scale, federated service application architectures.

  • Lesson 1: Planning Service Applications
  • Lesson 2: Designing and Configuring a Service Application Topology
  • Lesson 3: Configuring Service Application Federation

Module 4: Configuring and Managing Business Connectivity Services

In SharePoint 2013, Business Connectivity Services (BCS) is a collection of technologies that enable you to query, view, and interact with data from external systems. In this module, you will learn how to plan and configure various components of BCS.

  • Lesson 1: Planning and Configuring Business Connectivity Services
  • Lesson 2: Configuring the Secure Store Service
  • Lesson 3: Managing Business Data Connectivity Models

Module 5: Connecting People

In this module, you will learn about the concepts and ways of connecting people in SharePoint 2013. You will examine user profiles and user profile synchronization, social interaction features and capabilities, and communities and community sites in SharePoint 2013.

  • Lesson 1: Managing User Profiles
  • Lesson 2: Enabling Social Interaction
  • Lesson 3: Building Communities

Module 6: Enabling Productivity and Collaboration

This module examines how SharePoint 2013 extends the ability of users to work collaboratively and increase productivity through seamless integration with external software platforms, additional SharePoint collaboration features, and the provision of flexible tools, with which users can develop their own solutions to business problems.

  • Lesson 1: Aggregating Tasks
  • Lesson 2: Planning and Configuring Collaboration Features
  • Lesson 3: Planning and Configuring Composites

Module 7: Planning and Configuring Business intelligence

In this module you will see how SharePoint 2013 can deliver BI solutions for your business.

  • Lesson 1: Planning for Business Intelligence
  • Lesson 2: Planning, Deploying, and Managing Business Intelligence Services
  • Lesson 3: Planning and Configuring Advanced Analysis Tools

Module 8: Planning and Configuring Enterprise Search

In this module, you will examine the configuration options in SharePoint Search that enable you to provide greater search result effectiveness by fine-tuning the service in various ways. The introduction of new functionality, such as result types and the increased move towards search-driven navigation mean that the role of the Search administrator has become even more important for business success. Search now enables you to delegate more of this management to site collection administrator and site owner levels, improving Search flexibility without increasing the administrative burden on a few Search service application administrators.

  • Lesson 1: Configuring Search for an Enterprise Environment
  • Lesson 2: Configuring the Search Experience
  • Lesson 3: Optimizing Search

Module 9: Planning and Configuring Enterprise Content Management

This module examines Enterprise Content Management (ECM), which is a set of technologies and features that administrators use to provide some control over sites and content. This could include control over how information is stored, how long information is kept, how information is visible to users while in use, and how information growth is kept under control.

  • Lesson 1: Planning Content Management
  • Lesson 2: Planning and Configuring eDiscovery
  • Lesson 3: Planning Records Management

Module 10: Planning and Configuring Web Content Management

The web content management capabilities in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 can help an organization to communicate and integrate more effectively with employees, partners, and customers. SharePoint Server 2013 provides easy-to-use functionality to create, approve, and publish web content. This enables you to get information out quickly to intranet, extranet, and Internet sites and give your content a consistent look and feel.

  • Lesson 1: Planning and Implementing a Web Content Management Infrastructure
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Managed Navigation and Catalog Sites
  • Lesson 3: Supporting Multiple Languages and Locales
  • Lesson 4: Enabling Design and Customization
  • Lesson 5: Supporting Mobile Users

Module 11: Managing Solutions in SharePoint Server 2013

As a SharePoint administrator, it is important to understand the features that are available in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013. However, there are often specific functional requirements that may be part of SharePoint’s feature set but are not included in certain site templates. There may also be sites that require repeatable customization of lists or libraries, or custom code deployments that are necessary to add capabilities that are not available out-of-the-box. Developers use features and solutions to add and control these functionality requirements.

  • Lesson 1: Understanding the SharePoint Solution Architecture
  • Lesson 2: Managing Sandbox Solutions

Module 12: Managing Apps for SharePoint Server 2013

SharePoint apps are new to Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 and provide an additional capability to provide application functionality within the context of SharePoint. SharePoint apps supplement the capabilities of farm solutions and sandbox solutions, while providing a user experience that offers a measure of self-service customization capabilities without putting the stability or security of the farm at risk.

  • Lesson 1: Understanding the SharePoint App Architecture
  • Lesson 2: Provisioning and Managing Apps and App Catalogs

Module 13: Developing a Governance Plan

Governance as it relates to SharePoint can be described as a way of controlling a SharePoint environment through the application of people, policies, and processes. Governance is necessary for all IT systems as a whole, and in particular for SharePoint deployments, which often introduce significant change in business processes, available functionality, and day-to-day working practices.

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Governance Planning
  • Lesson 2: Key Elements of a Governance Plan
  • Lesson 3: Planning for Governance in SharePoint 2013
  • Lesson 4: Implementing Governance in SharePoint 2013

Module 14: Upgrading and Migrating to SharePoint Server 2013

Upgrading your Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 farm(s) to SharePoint 2013 is a major undertaking, so it is important that you carefully plan the upgrade activities. You need to ensure that your upgrade path—moving from version to version—is supported, that you have reviewed the business impact of your upgrade, and that you test your upgrade strategy to ensure business continuity. As with all such activities, preparation is crucial.

  • Lesson 1: Preparing the Upgrade or Migration Environment
  • Lesson 2: Performing the Upgrade Process
  • Lesson 3: Managing a Site Collection Upgrade