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Some Interesting Events this week

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There are a couple of interesting events this week that you might enjoy. I know this is posted on a really short note and it might be over by the time you see this post, however if I download links to the presentations   I will update the post afterwards!

18 Dec

Save 50% – Best of Microsoft Press Ebook Deal of the Day 

Exploring Microsoft® SharePoint® 2013: New Features & Functions

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Microsoft® SharePoint® 2013 App Development

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Exam Ref 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server® 2012

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FREE Hands-on Training: Build Virtual Machines in the Cloud with Windows Azure


With Windows Azure, you can easily deploy and run Windows Server and Linux virtual machines on your own virtual network in the cloud. These capabilities can be really useful for several scenarios, such as: building virtual lab environments, piloting new software in the cloud, deploying hybrid IT applications that connect on-premises datacenter workloads with cloud-based VM’s … and MORE! 
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19 Dec

Strategies to drive SharePoint adoption in Your organization

Knowing how to deploy and customize SharePoint is becoming more of a commodity. However, getting people to actually use the SharePoint platform successfully is a very different skillset. What’s the magic behind successful SharePoint adoption strategies? Are there specific approaches that work for all organizations horizontally?
More Info and registration :  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/438190049

EDIT:  It’s over, you can watch it online: http://sharepoint-videos.com/webinar-strategies-to-drive-sharepoint-adoption-in-your-organization

10 Best Productivity Features in SP2013 You Need to Know About 

Join SharePoint MVP and author, Christian Buckley as he walks through 10 features or solutions that are available out-of-the-box with SharePoint 2013, and which can instantly help your team to be more productive. Geared toward business users and new administrators who want to make the most of their SharePoint investments, the session will help attendees better understand their business requirements, and how SharePoint can meet these needs.
More Info: http://www.metavistech.com/webinar/10-best-productivity-features-sp2013-you-need-know-about 

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20 Dec

SHAREPOINT SHOPTALK

SharePoint ShopTalk is a live, dynamic discussion held weekly amongst SharePoint Professionals. It is an excellent source for users who need to discuss challenges or are looking for answers to pressing contemporary SharePoint questions. All are welcome to take advantage of this forum that features leading experts in the field. Every Thursday: 12:30pm – 1:30pm EST

BA Insight Holiday Contest on Twitter (20-21 Dec)

At 1PM Eastern, @BAinsight  will ask a question about SharePoint 2013. You only have to give your opinion and you might win a StarBucks Gift Card

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Good morning! Today at 1pm E we will begin our holiday contest. All you have to do is offer your thoughts / opinions about SharePoint 2013.

More Info here: https://twitter.com/BAinsight


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Service Accounts are a very big part of installing almost every version of SharePoint, however everyone has a different way of setting them up. And once you install your SharePoint with a set of service accounts, it’s easier to do a clean install than to change them all.

Every SharePoint admin you ask will probably have a different view of how many service accounts you need, how you should name them , and what permissions you need to give each one of them. Depending on the level of security you want to achieve in your SharePoint Farm, you can install everything with only one account (please don’t) , and you can make as many as 10 to 15 accounts.   Even if all the SharePoint administrators have different views and different ways , it doesn’t mean one of them is wrong and one of them has the golden solution for every SharePoint farm.

To get to the subject, which is Service Accounts for the newly released version of SharePoint, SharePoint 2013, I recently read an article on TechNet that suggests a set of “best practices” service accounts. I read the accounts and the permissions multiple times, and although they weren’t wrong.. I didn’t think it was right. You can read the original article here, however I will do a little summary. Here are the proposed accounts:

  • SQL_Service, for the SQL Server service.
  • SQL_Admin, for the SQL Server administrator.
  • SP_Admin, for the SharePoint administrator and setup user.
  • SP_Farm, for the SharePoint farm service.
  • SP_WebApps, for the user-facing web application app pool.
  • SP_ServiceApps, for the service application app pool.
  • SP_Crawl, default content access account.
  • SP_UserSync, user profile synchronization account.
  • SP_EnterpriseAdmin, powerful account for handling all kinds of high privileg operations.
  • Farm administrators, normal admin user accounts are used as SharePoint Farm Administrators.

Here is my opinion on this:

Although this set of service accounts isn’t wrong, I think that it isn’t well balanced. Let me explain:

I think there is a lot of security on the “farm admin” (SP_Admin, SP_Farm, SP_EnterpriseAdmin, Farm administrators), and there is some pretty basic stuff missing ex: Having an account for the windows search service, and a different one for the crawl.

Then, I asked myself what would I do to make it better. How could we define a real set of service accounts that could fit any scenario, from a small development farm to a huge multi-tier farm.  The answer is simply, you can’t! There is not one single set of Service Accounts that could be used because the security requirements for each scenario are different. But how can we define a set of Service account that while it keeps a certain standard of security, it also doesn’t use too many  service accounts for what we need and respects the requirements of the client?

Some clients and companies will ask you explicitly to install and configure their  SharePoint infrastructure according to Best Practices without even knowing what they are!

So this is what I came out with: I made three different sets of Service Accounts that can be used for reference. Every set is for a level of security, Low Security, Medium Security and High Security. As you probably guessed, as you go higher on the security chart, you add more accounts and each of them has less privileges on the farm.

I made this PDF (doing tables with Blogger is a real mess) and embedded it into the page (if you can’t see it, scroll to the end of the post, there is a download link). Please read it, and tell me what you think. I am really open to suggestions and want to hear your opinions on this delicate matter.

If you don’t see the document, or want to download it, you can get it from my SkyDrive  here:  Download

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This guide is a step by step guide with Screenshots to give the “Replicating Directory changes” rights to the SharePoint user profile account that will be used to synchronize the user profiles.The screenshots were taken in Windows Server 2012, however the steps are identical or  very similar in Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2.

The Guide

In Active Directory Users and Computers, right-click the domain, and then click Delegate Control.

On the first page of the Delegation of Control Wizard, click next.

On the Users or Groups page, click Add.

Type the name of the synchronization account, and then click OK.

Click Next.

On the Tasks to Delegate page, select create a custom task to delegate, and then click Next.

On the Active Directory Object Type page, select this folder, existing objects in this folder, and creation of new objects in this folder, and then click next.

On the Permissions page, in the Permissions box, select Replicating Directory and then click Next.

Click Finish.

If you need to send the Guide to somebody, or download it for future reference, I also made it in PDF and you can download it here:  Step By Step Guide to configure Replicating Directory Changes
 
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Similar to the SharePoint Server 2013 Free Resources Series, the first part of the “Free Windows Server 2012 Learning Material & Resources” post had a lot of success.  Therefore, I am happy to continue (as promised) to search and present you all the new free resources on Internet every month.

I am happy to present you Part 2 of the “Free Windows Server 2012 Learning Material & Resources” series  that gives you all the resources for the month of November.

Why is the MCSA Server 2012 Certification important? Look at the following image:

Certifications

A Visual Guide to Windows Server Training and Certification

Windows Server 2012 Upgrade Jump Start – YouTube

Special offer: Get Exam 417 for free along with free training and free second chances to pass the exams.

70-417 – Resources for Preparation

Downloads

Download: Core Network Companion Guide: Deploying Password-based 802.1X Authenticated Wireless Access

Download Windows and Windows Server Compatibility Cookbook from Official Microsoft Download Center

Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition)

Plan for and deploy Windows Server 2012

FREE eBook Chapter: Migrating and Upgrading Physical and Virtual Servers to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

Test Lab Guides

Download: Test Lab Guide: Windows Server 2012 Base Configuration

FREE Hands-on Training: Build Virtual Machines in the Cloud with Windows Azure – Dec 18th

Windows Server 2012 home lab preparation

Windows Server 2012 IT Camp – Lab #1

Windows Server 2012 IT Camp – Lab #2

Keith Meyer’s Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Virtualizer

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Networker

Windows Server 2012 Jump Start

Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (01): Core Hyper-V
Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (02a): Virtualization Infrastructure, Part 1
Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (02b): Virtualization Infrastructure, Part 2
Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (03a): Storage Architecture, Part 1
Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (03b): Storage Architecture, Part 2
Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (04): Continuous Availability
Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (05a): Multi-Server Management, Part 1
Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (05b): Multi-Server Management, Part 2
Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (06a): Security and Access, Part 1
Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (06b): Security and Access, Part 2
Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (07): Remote Connectivity and Networking
Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (08): IIS, DHCP and IPAM

Other Very Good Posts to read for Server 2012 Resources

The following links are posts and full blogs by people who are also sharing a lot of material on Windows Server 2012, and some of the material I share over here is done by them. They are great and knowledgeable people and I highly recommend you also look at their blogs because you will be surprised about the amount of information they share

Free “MCSA: Windows Server 2012” preparation materials by Florian Klaffenbach

Listing of learning opportunities by Pierre Roman  (Scroll Down for WS2012 links )

Canadian IT Pro Connection done by Pierre Roman, Chris Di Lullo and Mitch Garvis.  Mitch and Pierre actually did the WS 2012 IT Camps in Canada, and they are sharing a lot of great content on it

 Early Experts Challenge, and also new material and cool contests every week. Blog done by  Keith Mayer

Another good resources is of course:
Free Windows Server 2012 Learning Material & Resources! Part 1

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Last month I did an article about all the resources I found online about SharePoint 2013, but unfortunately not a lot of people check regularly and sometimes they are well hidden.  This post was a big success (1152 views) and I received a lot of good comments about it.  Therefore, I am happy to continue (as promised) to search and present you all the new free resources on internet every month.

I am happy to present you Part 2 of the “Free SharePoint Server 2013 Resources” series  that gives you all the resources for the month of November.

Downloads

Download Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Architecture

Enterprise-scale farms for SharePoint Server 2013  

SharePoint 2013 hybrid resources  

Case Study: Mavention and Web Content Management in SharePoint 2013  

Discontinued features and modified functionality in Microsoft SharePoint 2013

Download Microsoft Business Intelligence at a Glance Poster from Official Microsoft Download Center

 Internet sites search architectures for SharePoint Server 2013 Preview  

Assessing Microsoft SharePoint Maturity and Social Purpose

New “Authentication in SharePoint 2013 Learning Roadmap” 

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 List Component for SharePoint  

New Office Visio Stencil  

Content type worksheet  

Service Applications

The Essential Guide to Enterprise Search in SharePoint 2013

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 PowerPivot for Microsoft® Excel® 2010  

Office 2013–Access Services Setup for an On-Premises Installation  

Plan and use the Distributed Cache service in SharePoint Server 2013  

Scenario

Scenario: Personal sites (My Sites)

Scenario: eDiscovery

Tools

Windows PowerShell Command Builder for SharePoint 2013 Products and Office 365

SharePoint Online Management Shell  

System Center Monitoring Pack for Sharepoint Server 2013  

System Center Monitoring Pack for Sharepoint Foundation 2013 

SharePoint Manager 2013  

Lab Guides

Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Social Features for SharePoint Server 2013  

Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate SAML-based Claims Authentication with SharePoint Server 2013  

Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Intranet Collaboration with SharePoint Server 2013  

Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Forms-Based Authentication with SharePoint Server 2013  

Test Lab Guide: Configure SharePoint Server 2013 in a Three-Tier Farm  

Test Lab Guide Mini-Module: Configuring a Second SharePoint Server 2013 Farm


The last part (Lab Guides), I found it really interesting because it helps you build your own lab at home or at work with step by step instructions and you learn how to demonstrate and how to do many parts of SharePoint.

Also, don’t forget to check Part 1 :

Free SharePoint Server 2013 E-books,Models, Planning Worksheets, Design Samples and more Part 1    

That is it for the month of November 2012, I hoped you liked it and I am sure with all the resources I showed here, you got enough reading and labs for the whole month . I started doing some of the labs , and will soon post more details about each of them soon.


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A few weeks ago, I did a post about the newly released path to MCSE SharePoint 2013 and I had many people ask me about the Developer Path.  At the moment, I didn’t knew anything, however during an 1-hour presentation on the Microsoft Certified SharePoint Master program, there was a Slide containing info on the Developer Certification Exam. 
PS: At the time of this post, the MCSD SharePoint Certification Path is not on the Microsoft Learning Website!

For the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) in SharePoint you will need to pass 4 exams. Two of them are SharePoint focused,  and two of them are from the MCSD: Web Application  part.

SharePoint Focused:

  1. 70-488
  2. 70-489
Web Focused
  1. 70-480 (PS: You can take this exam for free at the moment. more info HERE)
  2. TBD
Also, The MCSE and the MCSD are subject to the new “Recertification” strategy that came out in April.For the MCSE, it is confirmed at 3 years. For the MCSD, I am not 100% sure yet, however the other MCSD exams it’s every 2 years. 

Usefull Links: 

Edit:

     6. A very nice guide to prepare for the 70-480:   Exam 70-480 Programming with HTML5, Javascript and CSS3 Preparation Guide (Thanks to Bjørn Harald Rapp)

If you know anything else about the MCSD Certification path, or have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me an email!


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Before SharePoint 2010, the only way to manage SharePoint at the command line was Stsadm  However, in SharePoint 2010 and later, Stsadm was depreciated and replaced by PowerShell.

In SharePoint 2013 Preview, Stsadm still there and can be used, however Microsoft suggests to use PowerShell commands instead.

Therefore if you are still using Stsadm, Microsoft released a list of all the Stsadm commands and their equivalent in PowerShell to encourage you to make the switch.

Stsadm to Windows PowerShell mapping in SharePoint 2013

Also, if you missed it, Here are the top free resources for SharePoint 2013 that came out in October.

Free SharePoint Server 2013 E-books,Models, Planning Worksheets, Design Samples and more Part 1

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