70-332 Study Guide – Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

The 70-332: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 exam is the second SharePoint 2013 exam required yo get your Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) SharePoint Certification. As someone who got his MCSE SharePoint 2013 certification, this guide is 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.

Certification Path

Books that covers the whole exam

Exam Ref 70-332 Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 (MCSE)
Prepare for Exam 70-332—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013. 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.Links:

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.Links:

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 Advanced Solutions (70-332) Part 1
Part 1 of 3 in the SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions (70-332) series. This series focuses on the planning and implementing phases of all aspects of SharePoint 2013.

SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions (70-332) Part 2
Part 2 of 3 in the SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions (70-332) series. This series focuses on the planning and implementing phases of all aspects of SharePoint 2013.

SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions (70-332) Part 3
Part 3 of 3 in the SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions (70-332) series. This series focuses on the planning and implementing phases of all aspects of SharePoint 2013.

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 20332B: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2013 (5 Days)
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.

Articles / Blog Posts per objective

Plan business continuity management (21%)

Plan a SharePoint environment (20%)

  1. Overview of search in SharePoint Server 2013[TechNet]
  2. Plan enterprise search architecture in SharePoint Server 2013[TechNet]
  3. Scale enterprise search in SharePoint Server 2013[TechNet]
  4. Scale search for Internet Sites in SharePoint Server 2013[TechNet]
  5. Disaster recovery best practices and strategies for SharePoint 2013 search[TechNet]
  6. Best practices for organizing content for search in SharePoint Server 2013[TechNet]
  7. Understanding result sources for search in SharePoint Server 2013[TechNet]
  8. Plan crawling and federation in SharePoint Server 2013[TechNet]
  9. Overview of the search schema in SharePoint Server 2013[TechNet]
  10. Plan to transform queries and order results in SharePoint 2013[TechNet]
  11. Overview of search result ranking in SharePoint Server 2013[TechNet]
  12. Overview of analytics processing in SharePoint Server 2013[TechNet]

Upgrade and migrate a SharePoint environment (20%)

Create and configure service applications (21%)

Manage SharePoint solutions, BI, and systems integration (18%)

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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