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?

Answer:

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

In Transition

Folks

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

Regards

Steven

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: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263526.aspx

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!

Steven

 

 

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

Strengths

  • 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”

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.

 

 

SharePoint Exam 77-886

Microsoft have released Exam 77-886: SharePoint 2010 for advanced SharePoint users, who are beyond the adding content level and use SharePoint features to create solutions. It’s a very comprehensive examination of SharePoint features. Next week I will be booking an exam for sometime in September – I will report  cost etc as I proceed. I find doing a certification exam makes you “look in all the obscure corners” and get properly across all the features of a software  package. Setting a date and booking an exam is a crude but effective time management tool for making sure it happens!

Steven

 

Is your Gum upside-down? The value of SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence

I have just been catching up on my pod cast listening while cleaning up my office (a task worthy of Time Team and also really  requiring three days). Episode 56 of the SharePoint Pod Show (also available via iTunes) has an interesting interview with Jeff Huckaby. In the interview they discuss the practical application of reports in SharePoint to a nationwide Truck Stop business. Continue reading “Is your Gum upside-down? The value of SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence”

Free SharePoint User Guide Update

SharePoint User Guide Update

I have updated the free SharePoint 2007 User Guide – You now have to fill in a simple form – the download link is then emailed to you. The download is now a better quality PDF.

Microsoft Resources

 

SharePoint End User Assorted Questions

Sharing an accumulation of answers and resources covering recent questions I have been asked.

Which SharePoint books have you read and found useful?

I have both of the books below on my bookshelf at Safari Books Online. I have downloaded many chapters as pdf to my e-book reader.

SharePoint® 2010 How-To

  • By: Ishai Sagi
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Pub. Date: August 15, 2010
  • Print ISBN-10: 0-672-33335-X
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0-672-33335-4
  • Web ISBN-10: 0-13-248748-9
  • Web ISBN-13: 978-0-13-248748-1
  • Pages in Print Edition: 400

Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010 Plain & Simple

  • By: Johnathan Lightfoot; Chris Beckett
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Pub. Date: November 1, 2010
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0-7356-4228-7
  • Pages in Print Edition: 256

Continue reading “SharePoint End User Assorted Questions”

Starting to Learn about SharePoint Designer and InfoPath

InfoPath and Designer

A good video lead in to using SharePoint Designer and InfoPath by Asif Rehmani  – I found this very clear and useful, stick around to listen to the questions and answers at the end.

Some more light reading

I have to work my way through this one  – but I have seen enough to warrant returning for more https://www.nothingbutsharepoint.com/sites/eusp/Pages/default.aspx, which lead me to: http://www.asapsharepoint.com/SharePoint%20Designer/SPD_Friend_or_Foe.pdf and http://www.asapsharepoint.com

Regards, Steven Knight

Need to Use Outlook forms to send attachments and store replies and process information in Excel

Q  How do I use Outlook forms to build a solution which features:

  • Online forms which allow attachments and generate emails to nominated email addresses
  • Ability to send and reply
  • On line reports
  • Ability to store process data  into an Excel spreadsheet

Key points

  • There are a number of ways to do this, Outlook forms isn’t one of them…
  • Use a solution that operates via the web browser
  • I can see either an Dreamweaver/ASP/ASP.net/SQL Server solution or a  SharePoint solution

Option 1: ASP/ASP.net/SQL Server

  • Develop a custom ASP/SQL server application using Dreamweaver with forms and reports accessed via the browser
  • If CDO.sys (or JMAIL or similar) is available then completion of forms can generate emails to nominated e-mail addresses (emails generated by the server – not using email client)
  • Components are also available that allow documents to uploaded via the browser and then attached to the email
  • Input forms can be completly custom and data can be validated client-side and server-side
  • This approach can also use XML to facilitate transfer of data to Excel
  • Database tables and server side code would have to be created – lots of hand coding and testing
  • Completely tailored and custom solution but not something a typical end user can create – you will need IT resources and basic programming skills.

Option 2: SharePoint

  • Use SharePoint site with a document library with attached workflow
  • The Document Library could be customised to add required additional data – additional fields can be required and validated – using built in tools or InfoPath
  • SharePoint provides forms to add and edit information about the document
  • Data is stored in a Library– (actually in an SQL server table, but SharePoint looks after that for us) and can be transferred to Excel in one click
  • A Feedback or Approval workflow will do exactly what is required regarding forwarding documents and associated data for review or approval
  • A workflow can be triggered by a document being added (uploaded) to the library
  • A workflow will cause a link to the document with a customised email message to be sent to a nominated user or group of users for feedback or approval
  • Tasks are created to allow the documents review or approval to be tracked
  • Responses can include comments/request changes etc and will be emailed to a nominated email address
  • Unless a custom workflow is required, a trained SharePoint user with designer permissions could do this – no coding required Recommendation

 

Steven Knight

IT Trainer

Steven Knight Training

 

SharePoint reading and resources

Folks,

A very short summary of SharePoint resources for the end user and trainer starting out on SharePoint. Continue reading “SharePoint reading and resources”