70-331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Study Guide

The 70-331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server exam is the first SharePoint 2013 exam required yo get your Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) SharePoint Certification. As someone who got his MCSE SharePoint 2013 certification, this 70-331 Study Guide to help you find materials to study, and ace the exam. I will share both free and paid options, whether books, video training or simply links to articles and blog posts. I will not share any dumps as those are against the Microsoft Terms of Service, and by using dumps, we decrease the value of our certifications.

70-331 study guide

Certification Path

Exam Name

Link to Exam on Microsoft Learning

Study Guide

70-346 Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements 70-346 Study Guide – Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements
70-347 Enabling Office 365 Services Enabling Office 365 Services 70-347 Study Guide – Enabling Office 365 Services

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

70-331 study guide

Books that covers the whole exam

70-331 study guide

Exam Ref 70-331 Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 (MCSE)
Prepare for Exam 70-331—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 core solutions. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSE level.
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Professional SharePoint 2013 Administration
The new iteration of SharePoint boasts exciting new features. However, any new version also comes with its fair share of challenges and that’s where this book comes in. The team of SharePoint admin gurus returns to presents a fully updated resource that prepares you for making all the new SharePoint 2013 features work right. They cover all of the administration components of SharePoint 2013 in detail, and present a clear understanding of how they affect the role of the administrator.
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Video Training for the exam

NOTE: Pluralsight is a paid resource unlike Channel9 and Microsoft Virtual Academy which are free. The quality they provide is also superior because of all the quality checks they go through, and the instructors are one of the best in the industry. The Pluralsight courses have a link to where you can get a free trial and decide for yourself if paying a subscription or not is worth it, but the 10-day free trial should allow you to view all those courses for free.

SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions (70-331) Part 1
Part 1 of 3 in the SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions (70-331) series covers a range of topics including the installation and management of SharePoint 2013, PowerShell, data management, and more.

SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions (70-331) Part 2
Part 2 of 3 in the SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions (70-331) series covers a range of topics including the installation and management of SharePoint 2013, PowerShell, data management, and more.

SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions (70-331) Part 3
Part 3 of 3 in the SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions (70-331) series covers a range of topics including the installation and management of SharePoint 2013, PowerShell, data management, and more.

Implementing a Hybrid SharePoint 2013/2016 Infrastructure
SharePoint hybrid infrastructures are gaining popularity, so SharePoint IT professionals need to prepare. You’ll learn how to configure a hybrid infrastructure in either SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint 2016 to allow your users to be more productive.

Planning and Deploying Office Web Apps 2013
Office Web Apps Server is a new Office server product that delivers browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. In this course, you will learn what exactly Office Web Apps 2013 is, how it works and how you can install and connect it with Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint.

Exam Prep Session for Exam 70-331 and Exam 70-332: SharePoint Server 2013
This Exam Prep session is designed for people experienced with Microsoft SharePoint 2013, who are interested in taking the 70-331 (Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013) and 70-332 (Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013) exams. These exams are required for the new MCSE: SharePoint certification. You can expect to review the topics covered in these exams in a fast-paced format, as well as receive valuable test taking techniques. You will leave with an understanding of how Microsoft certification works, key topics covered in the exams, and an exhaustive look at resources for getting ready for the exam. The session is led by a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), experienced in delivering sessions on these topics.

Instructor-led training (Microsoft Official Courses)

Course 20331B: Core Solutions of Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2013 (5 Days)
This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to configure and manage a Microsoft® SharePoint Server 2013 environment. This course will teach you how to configure SharePoint Server 2013, as well as provide guidelines, best practices, and considerations that will help you optimize your SharePoint server deployment.This is the first in a sequence of two courses for IT Professionals and will align with the first exam in the SharePoint Server 2013 IT Pro certification.

Articles / Blog Posts per objective

Design a SharePoint topology (20–25%)

Plan security (20–25%)

Install and configure SharePoint farms (20–25%)

Create and Configure web applications and site collections (15–20%)

Maintain a core SharePoint environment (20–25%)

Additional Tips

I think the best thing that you can do after reading this, or even meanwhile, is to prepare some Virtual Machines either on your computer, or in Azure, and try to install SharePoint Server 2013, and play with those features, follow the tutorials and you shouldn’t have any problems with the exam!

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