Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013


This course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to configure and manage a Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 environment. This course will teach them how to configure SharePoint Server 2013, as well as provide guidelines, best practices, and considerations that will help optimize a SharePoint server deployment.


This course is intended for experienced IT Professionals interested in learning how to install, configure, deploy and manage SharePoint Server 2013 installations in either the data center or the cloud. The secondary audience for this course are 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 how to manage SharePoint Server 2013.


Before attending this course, participants should have experience with:
  • Software management in a Windows 2008 R2 enterprise server or Windows Server 2012 environment
  • Deploying and managing applications natively, virtually and in the cloud
  • Administering Internet Information Services (IIS)
  • Configuring Active Directory for use in authentication, authorization and as a user store
  • Managing an application remotely using Windows PowerShell 2.0
  • Connecting applications to Microsoft SQL Server
  • Implementing Claims-based Security

At course completion

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the key features of SharePoint 2013
  • Design an information architecture
  • Design logical and physical architectures
  • Install and configure SharePoint Server 2013
  • Create web applications and site collections
  • Plan and configure service applications
  • Manage users and permissions
  • Configure authentication for SharePoint 2013
  • Secure a SharePoint 2013 deployment
  • Manage taxonomy
  • Configure user profiles
  • Configure enterprise search
  • Monitor and maintain a SharePoint 2013 environment


This course prepares to the exam 70-331: Core Solutions Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

Course outline

Module 1: Introducing SharePoint Server 2013

In this module, you will learn about the core features of SharePoint 2013, the new features in this version, and what has been removed. You will also learn about the basic structural elements of a farm deployment and how they fit together. Finally you will learn about the different deployment options available to SharePoint 2013.

  • Lesson 1: Key Components of a SharePoint Deployment
  • Lesson 2: New Features in SharePoint 2013
  • Lesson 3: SharePoint 2013 Deployment Options

Module 2: Designing an Information Architecture

In this module, you will learn about the core elements of IA design and the facilities and devices available in SharePoint 2013 to deploy an effective information management solution.

  • Lesson 1: Identifying Business Requirements
  • Lesson 2: Understanding Business Requirements
  • Lesson 3: Organizing Information in SharePoint 2013
  • Lesson 4: Planning for Discoverability

Module 3: Designing a Logical Architecture

This module reviews the logical constructs of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Online. It discusses the importance of creating a logical architecture design based on business requirements before you implement a solution. The module covers conceptual content, defining a logical architecture, and the components of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 that you must map to business specifications.

  • Lesson 1: Overview of SharePoint 2013 Logical Architecture
  • Lesson 2: Documenting Your Logical Architecture

Module 4: Designing a Physical Architecture

This module describes the factors that you should consider when you design the physical architecture of a SharePoint 2013 deployment. The physical architecture refers to the server design, farm topology, and supporting elements—such as network infrastructure—for your deployment. This physical architecture underpins the operations of your SharePoint 2013 environment, so it is essential that your physical design fully meets the operational requirements.

  • Lesson 1: Designing Physical Components for SharePoint Deployments
  • Lesson 2: Designing Supporting Components for SharePoint Deployments
  • Lesson 3: SharePoint Farm Topologies
  • Lesson 4: Mapping a Logical Architecture Design to a Physical Architecture Design

Module 5: Installing and Configuring SharePoint Server 2013

In this module, you will learn about installing SharePoint 2013 in various topologies. You will learn how to configure farm settings, and how to script the installation and configuration of SharePoint 2013.

  • Lesson 1: Installing SharePoint Server 2013
  • Lesson 2: Scripting Installation and Configuration
  • Lesson 3: Configuring SharePoint Server 2013 Farm Settings

Module 6: Creating Web Applications and Site Collections

In this module, you will learn about the key concepts and skills related to the logical architecture of SharePoint including web applications, site collections, sites, and content databases. Specifically, you will learn how to create and configure web applications and to create and configure site collections.

  • Lesson 1: Creating Web Applications
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Web Applications
  • Lesson 3: Creating and Configuring Site Collections

Module 7: Planning and Configuring Service Applications

This module reviews the basic service application architecture, the essentials of planning your service application deployment, and the configuration of your service applications. This module does not discuss sharing, or federation, of service applications. This is covered in more detail in course 20332B: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013.

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Service Application Architecture
  • Lesson 2: Creating and Configuring Service Applications

Module 8: Managing Users and Permissions

In this module, you will learn about the various authorization and security features available in SharePoint 2013 to help you maintain a secure SharePoint environment. Specifically, you will be learning about authorization and permissions in SharePoint 2013, and how to manage access to content in SharePoint 2013.

  • Lesson 1: Authorization in SharePoint 2013
  • Lesson 2: Managing Access to Content

Module 9: Configuring Authentication for SharePoint 2013

In this module, you will learn about the authentication infrastructure in SharePoint 2013. You will learn how to configure SharePoint to work with a variety of authentication providers, and you will learn how to configure authenticated connections between SharePoint and other server platforms.

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Authentication
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Federated Authentication
  • Lesson 3: Configuring Server-to-Server Authentication

Module 10: Securing a SharePoint 2013 Deployment

In this module, you will learn how to secure and harden your SharePoint 2013 farm deployment and how to configure several security settings at the farm level.

  • Lesson 1: Securing the Platform
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Farm-Level Security

Module 11: Managing Taxonomy

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 can further enhance the application of metadata by using content types. Organizations can use content types to standardize specific types of files, documents, or list items and include metadata requirements, document templates, retention settings, and workflow directly.

  • Lesson 1: Managing Content Types
  • Lesson 2: Understanding Term Stores and Term Sets
  • Lesson 3: Managing Term Stores and Term Sets

Module 12: Configuring User Profiles

The SharePoint 2013 social platform is based around the capabilities provided by the user profile service application, supported by other services, such as the Managed Metadata Service and the Search service. The User Profile Service provides configuration and control over importing profile data, creating My Sites, managing audiences, and users can utilize these features.

  • Lesson 1: Configuring the User Profile Service Application
  • Lesson 2: Managing User Profiles and Audiences

Module 13: Configuring Enterprise Search

In this module, you will learn about the new architecture of the Search service, how to configure the key components of search, and how to manage search functionality in your organization.

  • Lesson 1: Understanding the Search Service Architecture
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Enterprise Search
  • Lesson 3: Managing Enterprise Search

Module 14: Monitoring and Maintaining a SharePoint 2013 Environment

In this module, you will learn how to plan and configure monitoring in a SharePoint 2013 server farm, and how to tune and optimize the performance of your farm on an ongoing basis. You will also learn how to use a range of tools and techniques to troubleshoot unexpected problems in your SharePoint 2013 deployments.

  • Lesson 1: Monitoring a SharePoint 2013 Environment
  • Lesson 2: Tuning and Optimizing a SharePoint Environment
  • Lesson 3: Planning and Configuring Caching
  • Lesson 4: Troubleshooting a SharePoint 2013 Environment