Archive for October, 2012

Last week I made a post about the new MCSE SharePoint 2013 Certification. The people at SharePoint Conference 2012 in Las Vegas just announced that attendees will be able to pass the 71-331 and 71-332 Beta exams for free!!!! This is for FULL SharePoint Conference conference pass attendees only.

This is an awesome opportunity for people that are lucky enough to attend (I am not 🙁  ). 
Furthermore, you can also get 50% off any MCP exam offered by Microsoft by using the following codes:
You have to pass all the exams in Nevada, United States at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference Center.
As of today, all 5 days are still available, but sign up fast before they go!.
And this is how it looks like with the promotional code applied:

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About a month ago, I made a post about SharePoint 2013 Certifications. Microsoft added more details and confirmed the MCSE SharePoint Certification.  
This is what I found really interesting, and personally a really Smart move from Microsoft.  In order to become  a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert in SharePoint 2013, you NEED to have your MCSA Server 2012. 
Furthermore, if you read the “Note” on the bottom you see that “The MCSE: SharePoint certification requires candidates to show continued ability to perform in this technology area by completing a recertification exam every three years”.


Since 2009, Microsoft really made it harder for people to be considered as MCITP and MCSE and I find it a really good initiative because not everyone can be a Pro anymore.

You now need to know SharePoint 2013 as well as the Infrastructure behind it. 

The GOOD news:   For current MCITP holders, Microsoft released an upgrade path to have your MCSA Server 2012 in only one exam: 70-417

The 70-331 and 70-332 Exams won’t come out until February 5th 2013 so, meanwhile download SharePoint 2013 Preview or RTM  if you are a MSDN or Technet Subscriber  and Download the Free E-book for IT Professionals from Microsoft. . 

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A few weeks after developers have signed the final SharePoint Server 2013 Build, MSDN and TechNet Subscribers can now download the official version from Subscriber Downloads. 
You can also download Office Professional Plus 2013, Visio 2013 and Project 2013. 

This is good news because we finally get to play with the final version and prepare for the SharePoint 2013 Certifications that will come out in February.

Also, don’t forget to download the Free E-book for IT professionals by Microsoft to help you design your topology and service applications in your new SharePoint 2013 Farm.

You can download it here:

Free E-book for IT Pro’s from Microsoft : Deployment guide for SharePoint 2013 Preview

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Microsoft released a free 510 page e-book about SharePoint 2013 Preview.  Recently , Microsoft announced that SharePoint went officially RTM, but I believe most of the contents of this book will also apply to the RTM version.

This book covers everything that an IT pro needs to know about SharePoint 2013. It starts with how to design your farm, and how to install the servers and prerequisites all the way to how to configure your Service Applications and configure Resource Throttling.

You can download the e-book here:

Deployment guide for SharePoint 2013 Preview

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For those of you who are used to installing SharePoint 2010 according to best practices (SPFARM only has DBCreator and Security Admin) , when you run configuration wizard the first time, it might fail with  this error message :

This is because SQL, by default has the MaxDegree of Parallelism Setting set at 0. With SharePoint 2010 there was no problem, however SharePoint 2013 needs the MaxDegree of Parallelism Setting explicitly at 1.

Here is How you set it Step By Step:

1. Go in SQL Management Tools and connect to the SQL instance hosting your SharePoint.  (Using SQL Administrator credentials)

2. Right Click on the Sql Instance, and click Properties.

3.  Go into the Advanced Tab

4. Close to the end of the options list, you will find the “Max Degree of Parallelism Option”. Set it to 1.

5. You’re ALMOST done!.

If  you got this error message,  it means that SharePoint already created the Config Database.
Delete it manually from SQL, re-run SharePoint Configuration Wizard and it will finish successfully.

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Since most of you will or will start trying SharePoint 2013 in a Virtual Environment. If your Virtual Machines have an internet connection, you can easily download all the pre-requisites using the SharePoint Prerequisite installer. However, if you are like me, you install your SharePoint in a private domain, therefore not having Internet.

So, I made a little script that will let you download the SharePoint 2013 Pre-Requisites and allow you  to install them offline.

I am also finishing a second script that will actually install them on your SharePoint Server. Come back soon, click here to follow us on Facebook to get the latest info.

PS: If Microsoft changes a link and your download fails, please send me an email or post a comment and I will fix it As Soon As Possible.

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SharePoint 2013 goes RTM

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SharePoint 2013 final build has finally been finished! Microsoft announced it on their blog here

 Here is the exact blog post :

Today we reached an important milestone in the development of the new Office. 
Moments ago, the Office engineering team signed off on the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build. This milestone means the coding and testing phase of the project is complete and we are now focused on releasing the new Office via multiple distribution channels to our consumer and business customers.
This is the most ambitious release of Office we’ve ever done. It spans the full family of Office applications, servers and cloud services. The new Office has a fresh, touch friendly design that works beautifully on Windows 8 and unlocks modern scenarios in social, reading, note-taking, meetings and communications. We are proud to achieve this milestone and are eager to deliver this exciting release to our customers.
General availability is planned for the first quarter of 2013. Starting October 19, customers purchasing Office 2010 from local retailers or resellers will receive the new Office for free upon availability. Customers will also see a preview version of the new Office on Windows RT devices, beginning with the Windows 8 launch on October 26. 
Additionally, we have a number of programs that provide business customers with early access so they can begin testing, piloting and adopting Office within their organizations:
  • We will begin rolling out new capabilities to Office 365 Enterprise customers in our next service update, starting in November through general availability.
  • Volume Licensing customers with Software Assurance will be able to download the Office 2013 applications as well as other Office products including SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013 through the Volume Licensing Service Center by mid-November. These products will be available on the Volume Licensing price list on December 1.
  • IT professionals and developers will be able to download the final version via their TechNet or MSDN subscriptions by mid-November.
Please stay tuned for more specifics on general availability dates and other Office launch news. In the meantime, if you’d like to give the pre-release version a try, you can visit office.com/preview.
Thank you to the millions of people who have been testing early releases of the new Office. We are grateful for your support. Your invaluable feedback has helped us make the new Office the best Office ever.
Kirk Koenigsbauer
Corporate Vice President
Microsoft Office Division

 TechNet and MSDN subscribers should be able to download it mid november!. Cant Wait!!.

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This post is about the Minimum Requirements for SharePoint 2013. I also contrast them with SharePoint 2010’s  Minimum Requirements.  This will also help you see if your current SharePoint 2010 Infrastructure is ready for an  upgrade to SharePoint 2013.

Here they are:

Hardware Requirements

SharePoint Servers

SharePoint 2013’s Minimum Requirements are the same as SharePoint 2010’s.  Here is a table that shows the Minimum Requirements for both servers.

UPDATE:  Microsoft released a new “version” of minimum requirements for the SharePoint servers and they are much higher than the original. I took my info from the SharePoint 2013 IT Training, however the Technet Article has been updated OCT2.
Here are the new specs. 
The only thing that changed is the RAM. Here are the new Minimum Requirements Explained in plain english
SharePoint Foundation 2013 (Development) : 8GB Ram 
SharePoint Server 2013 Single Server Development or Evaluation (Application, SQL(optional), and Front End all on same server)  : 24GB Ram
Web server or application server in a three-tier farm (Means SQL + Application + WFE), each Application Server and Front End need : 12GB Ram.

 Database Servers

Similarly to the SharePoint servers, there is no difference between the Minimum specs required for the SQL server between SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013

Software Requirements

SharePoint Servers

Compared to the Hardware part, the Minimum Software Requirements for SharePoint Server 2013 are different from SharePoint Server 2010.  For SharePoint 2013 you need:

Microsoft also released the Prerequisites that will be installed by the SharePoint prerequisite installer. This is very interesting if you want to do a complete offline installation.  Here they are:

Database Servers

The minimum Software requirements for the Database Servers are also higher: 

Looking to Upgrade From SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013?

As you see, the hardware specifications between the two are the same so you should have no problems on the Hardware side.  However, Microsoft has really updated the Minimum Software Requirements for SharePoint 2013. So if you were running on the minimum for SharePoint 2010, you might have to consider a Database-Attach method or even creating a brand new Farm with the latest Software. 
Is your current infrastructure ready for an In-place upgrade? or you have to completely update your Software? 
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The SharePoint 2013 Preview has been available for more than a month now, and recently Microsoft announced two certifications for it. For now, they are both for IT Professionals, and they should be published February 5th, 2013.

Here they are:

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

Microsoft also released two training clinics for SharePoint 2013. The first one is for IT Professionals :


Clinic 40028A: First Look Clinic: What’s New for IT Professionals in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013


And the Second one is for Developpers :


Clinic 40028A: First Look Clinic: What’s New for IT Professionals in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013


Microsoft also released a lot of training matieral together with the SharePoint 2013 Preview bits.

SharePoint 2013: presentation: IT pro training
This download contains 13 training modules including PowerPoint slide deck presentations and Word-based labs that accompany free, online video-based training for ITPros.


You can also whatch the Videos Here: 
SharePoint 2013 training for IT pros



Both the 331 and 332 Exam should get you a SharePoint MCSE title, however nothing is 100% confirmed at the moment.

UPDATE:  Microsoft Released Full Certification path for SharePoint 2013 MCSE. Read more here:

MCSE SharePoint 2013 requires MCSA Server 2012!

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