Passed Microsoft Office Specialist – SharePoint 2010!! (Exam 77-886)

Just passed the 77-886 MOS SharePoint 2010 Exam. Given I have agreed to the non-disclosure clause about six times, I can’t discuss what is in the exam.

What I can say is I found it very useful to prepare for and do this exam. It’s not a server guru type exam – it is aimed at skilled end users, trainers and people who need a good broad knowledge of SharePoint (and need evidence of that knowledge) – eg if you are member of a SharePoint implementation team (or would like to be) or have a role in encouraging adoption in your workplace. The work you do in preparing for this exam will help you obtain that knowledge – it certainly help me fill in many gaps in my knowledge and realise the full scope of SharePoint 2010.

As a trainer doing more and more in this area – it will help establish some credibility.

Preparation tips


  • I  have listed books and resources elsewhere in the blog. Study the topics in the outline provided by Microsoft.
  • Read, listen and watch as much as you can
  • I also found some good little videos on YouTube by Jessica Meats whose blog is here. The videos are short, well structured and don’t spend 2/3 of the time explaining the video makers other services. Good, clear and to the point. Well done Jess!
  • Get as much hands on practice as you can, Explore and Practice!


  • Try to prepare for this after a major client has collapsed, throwing your schedule and cash flow into chaos. It can be done, but I am sooo tired.

Thank you for your interest.


MOS 2010 Study Guide for Microsoft® SharePoint®

Now given I have signed the non disclosure agreement for the MOS SharePoint Exam 77-886 (5 times so far due to the exam freezing!), I can’t tell you what is in it. I don’t yet actually know whats in it!.

However, people have asked me about preparation resources for the exam- and I have just found the book below on Safari Books Online. You can also get it for  the Kindle via Amazon – see ad below. Continue reading “MOS 2010 Study Guide for Microsoft® SharePoint®”

My SharePoint Exam Postponed


Thank you to all of those of you who have expressed support and interest my progress on the exam 77-886. On Friday,  the testing simulation froze about four times in the first few questions – I am now trying again on next Friday. The testing centre people were very helpful and efficient.

So more news next week


Useful document from Microsoft to help with adoption and training for SharePoint 2010

If you have to facilitate end user adoption and training for SharePoint 2010 then go an read this well written document from Microsoft. It is part of the resources at I Use

Office 365 E-Book from Microsoft

In my second month of using Office 365/SharePoint online, I am impressed (even though I have encountered a few snags here and there. A full report will follow, for the moment, here is a link to an Office 365 E-Book from Microsoft.

The link will also lead you into a  useful set of  Office 365 Blogs and discussion forum




SharePoint 2010 Reference Books, Study and Training Resources

Q What do I study to prepare for Exam 77-886?

Q What resources are there to help prepare for SharePoint 2010 training of end users?


As the answers overlap this post is a mixture of resources useful:

In Transition


My apologies for the lack of recent posts

I am currently in the process of transitioning back to being a fully freelance contract trainer, studying for my Certificate IV TAE and a SharePoint exam.  And I have been doing a few custom courses recently.

All of which doesn’t leave a lot of time for blog posts!

I have some posts planned including:

  • How to tell what version of SharePoint you have
  • Some video posts on  Pivot Tables and SharePoint/Office 365



SharePoint 2010 Browser Support

A short post answering a question. This article is a comprehensive run through of Browser support for SharePoint 2010. Doesn’t cover Google Chrome though…Read in full at:

Get The Point


As I have commented before this blog is part wiki, part my brain on a stick, and I hope resources and information I find useful will be of interest to you.

Having booked in for my SharePoint exam in late September, I went looking for some more resources to educate myself and found Microsoft’s Get the Point. Lots of good content on Governance and Planning, readable by a non Server Guru audience. Covers Office 365 as well and includes lots of video and diagrams.

I  need to find some good information on planning for SharePoint 2007 and 2010 users so will be going through this site in detail!




Office 365 First Impressions

First impressions after a long day exploring Office 365

  • Working from trial of basic level Office 365 plan
  • Looking as both trainer and likely small business user
  • I will comment further – these are my initial thoughts


  • From the end-user/skilled user perspective – much of whats good in SharePoint as made it into the online version. For me as a Trainer, this will help demonstrating and explaining features – from a hopefully stable cloud environment – give recent issues I have had with training environments  and SharePoint instability Continue reading “Office 365 First Impressions”

Mail Merge dates in the wrong format


I am doing a mail merge in Word with data from an Excel spreadsheet. One of the merge fields displays a date from a column in the Excel data, but the date doesn’t display in the expected format. How do I change the date format?


  1. Open the Word Document
  2. Right click on the Date field
  3. Choose Toggle Field codes Continue reading “Mail Merge dates in the wrong format”

Starting off with Office 365

My third little project is Office 365 (the other two are SharePoint 2010 exam and Trainer Certification)

So now I am beginning my trial of Office 365. Looking forward to this – if it lives up to expectations Office 365 will make some powerful technology available to small business and micro business who can’t afford in house server admin staff. We shall see!

So gathering together some resources to get familiar before I start:

From the Office Blogs and Technet:

SharePoint Resources

Found these via references in LinkedIn Group discussions:

The Microsoft site advises that “The Productivity Hub is a Microsoft SharePoint Server  site collection that offers training materials for end-users.”

I am downloading them both now – looks like a bit of a project, but both sets come with instructions.