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Duration: 5 days


This 5-day hands-on course teaches you how to install and manage SharePoint Server 2013 and 2016. The lectures provide guidance and comparison between SharePoint 2013 and 2016 and the lab exercises walk you through the steps of creating and configuring service applications and web applications to build out an on-premises farm with SharePoint 2016 functionality for managed metadata, user profiles, OneDrive for Business, and search. You will get hands-on experience with the Business Connectivity Service (BCS), the Secure Store Service, the Managed Metadata Service, the User Profile Service, the Search Service and the newly introduced Cloud Search Service in SharePoint 2013 and 2016. You will learn about Hybrid Configuration and how to integrate an on-premises SharePoint Farm with Office 365 and SharePoint Online including Directory Synchronization, Hybrid OneDrive, Hybrid Sites and Search. Hybrid functionality is native in SharePoint 2016 and was added to SharePoint 2013 with the September 2015 Cumulative Update.

This course will teach you SharePoint administration techniques using both Central Administration and Windows PowerShell. You will learn how to work with the SharePoint logging and health monitoring tools as well as how to configure a web application to support Windows authentication with Kerberos and SSL. The course examines how to deploy and manage a SharePoint farm with custom components such as SharePoint solutions and apps. You will learn how to configure an App Domain to support SharePoint Apps (or Add-ins). You will learn how to install and integrate Office Online Server and Workflow Manager to provide support for running SharePoint 2013 workflows. Along the way you will learn about other critical SharePoint administration skills including scripting for recovering lost content, planning for disaster recovery and upgrading site content from SharePoint 2013.

The lab environment is SharePoint 2016, if you are currently running SharePoint 2013, you will notice little difference between SharePoint 2013 and 2016 from an administrative point of view. The differences are most noticeable in changes to service applications and the upgrade process, which are addressed in lecture. We teach you the proper process for managing the farm, techniques that apply to both versions. We teach you about what’s new in SharePoint 2016 as well as what will be removed from SharePoint 2013.

This course provides fundamentals and background to prepare students for the following Microsoft certification exams:

  • Exam 70-331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
  • Exam 70-332: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

When the Microsoft certification exam for SharePoint 2016 becomes available we will ensure you are prepared.

  • Exam 70-339: Managing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016

Module 01: Topology Planning and Installation

This module introduces the architecture of SharePoint 2016 while highlighting the aspects of product which have been enhanced in this new release. This topic discusses the various topology options to be considered when creating a SharePoint farm and how to design a fault tolerant farm. This module steps through the details required to prepare for and install SharePoint Server 2016 in an on-premises environment. There will be an initial discussion of the hardware requirements and software requirements for installing SharePoint 2016. Students will create dedicated service accounts in Active Directory and learn how to run the SharePoint 2016 Prerequisite Installer both connected and disconnected from the Internet.
  • What’s New in SharePoint 2016
  • SharePoint 2016 Architecture
  • SharePoint 2016 Topology Options
  • Hardware and Software Requirements
  • Creating Dedicated Service Accounts
  • Installing SharePoint Server 2016 Prerequisites
  • Lab Virtual Environment

Hands-on Lab: SharePoint Server Installation and Configuration

  • Exercise 1: Preparing Service Accounts
  • Exercise 2: Preparing the SQL Environment
  • Exercise 3: Installing the SharePoint Prerequisites
Module 02: SharePoint 2016 Farm Configuration

This lecture discusses the configuration of the farm and the use of the new MinRole picker. The lecture demonstrates how to configure a farm with PowerShell and Central Administration. Students will create SharePoint Managed Accounts and learn how to apply the different managed accounts during configuration. This module concludes by showing you how to create a SharePoint 2016 farm and its configuration database by choosing the appropriate role for the server.

  • SharePoint MinRole
  • Creating the SharePoint 2016 Farm with PowerShell
  • Configuring Administrative Access for Farm Administrators

Hands-on Lab: Configuring a SharePoint Server 2016 Farm

  • Exercise 1: Creating a new SharePoint Farm
  • Exercise 2: Running the MinRole picker
  • Exercise 3: Creating Managed Accounts
Module 03: Configuring Service Applications

SharePoint 2016 supports a flexible Service Application Architecture for intra-farm and inter-farm services. This module details what Service Applications are available in SharePoint 2016 and how to deploy and configure them in Central Administration and with PowerShell. This module introduces the Service Application architecture and teaches students how to deploy service applications that can be consumed by other farms. This module also details specific services like the Managed Metadata Service, Secure Store Service and the Business Connectivity Service to demonstrate how service applications interoperate.

  • Service Application Architecture
  • Intra-Farm and Inter-Farm Service Applications
  • Creating Service Applications with PowerShell and Central Administration
  • MMS Term Sets
  • BCS Security
  • Secure Store Service Applications

Hands-on Lab: Configuring Service Applications

  • Exercise 1: Running the Farm Configuration Wizard
  • Exercise 2: Creating Service Application by Hand
  • Exercise 3: Creating Service Applications using PowerShell
Module 04: Configuring and Securing Web Applications

This module discusses the various concepts required to understand the options that are available to administrators when creating Web Applications. Students will learn the SharePoint 2016 options for configuring user authentication and how to create web applications that use SSL. Students will learn how to configure user Windows authentication using SSL, Kerberos, and NTLM. Lecture will discuss how to configure FBA where user names and passwords can be maintained in a SQL Server database.

  • Application Pools and Service Accounts
  • User Authentication in SharePoint 2016
  • Configuring Authentication Providers
  • Configuring Web Applications

Hands-on Lab: Configuring Security

  • Exercise 1: Add Active Directory Users as Farm Administrator
  • Exercise 2: Configuring Application Pools and Service Accounts
  • Exercise 3: Configuring DNS Settings in DNS Manager
  • Exercise 4: Create a new Web Application which uses Kerberos Authentication
  • Exercise 5: Add Test SSL Certificates to the WingtipServer VM
  • Exercise 6: Creating a new Web Application that uses SSL
  • Exercise 7: Configure Internet Explorer to Login Automatically
Module 05: Managing Web Applications and Site Collections

This module discusses advanced features of SharePoint Web Application and Site Collection Management for an on-premises farm. You will learn how to create and manage the content databases associated with a Web application as well as how to configure list throttling and site quotas. This lecture also discusses the disciplines and governance strategies which an organization can employ when creating and managing 1000s of sites and site collections in an enterprise environment. This lecture details the difference between Path-Based Web Applications and Host-Named Site Collections for controlling URLs in SharePoint 2016.

  • Creating and Configuring Web Applications
  • Path-based Site Collections
  • Host-named Site Collections (HNSC)
  • Managing Content Databases
  • Software Limits of SharePoint 2016

Hands-on Lab: Configuring Web Applications

  • Exercise 1: Configuring General Web Application Settings
  • Exercise 2: Creating a Site Collection using Central Administration
  • Exercise 3: Creating Host Named Site Collections
  • Exercise 4: Creating Host Named Site Collections using a Wildcard SSL Certificate
Module 06: Health Monitoring and Optimization

This module explores common popular tools and techniques used to monitor SharePoint 2016 farms and to optimize their performance. You will learn how to troubleshoot problems using the Developer Dashboard and how to read diagnostic information from ULS logs and the Logging Database. The module also discusses using MinRole monitoring, the Health Analyzer and configuring Usage Reporting.

  • ULS Logging
  • Logging Database
  • Health Analyzer
  • Useful Debugging Tools

Hands-on Lab: Monitoring and Troubleshooting

  • Exercise 1: Reading ULS Logs
  • Exercise 2: Using the SharePoint Developer Dashboard
  • Exercise 3: Configuring Diagnostic Settings
  • Exercise 3: Examining the Health Rules used by the Health Analyzer
Module 7: Configuring SharePoint Server 2013 Search

This module introduces the SharePoint 2016 Search architecture and discusses how to use the new search features. In this module students will learn how to deploy and change a search topology using PowerShell. Students will also learn how to create Result Sources, Query Rules, Result Type Rules and Display Templates.

  • SharePoint 2016 Search Overview
  • Configuring Search
  • Executing Search Queries
  • Rendering Results
  • Custom Entity Extraction

Hands-on Lab: Configuring Search in SharePoint 2016

  • Exercise 1: Creating the Search Service Application
  • Exercise 2: Configuring the Search Service Application
  • Exercise 3: Executing Search Queries
Module 8: Configuring The User Profile Service

This module discusses how to take advantage of the User Profile Service and the Social Networking features in SharePoint Server 2016. You will learn how to create and configure a User Profile Service Application. This module also discusses the options for User Profile Synchronization using Active Directory connect or a third party provider such as Microsoft Identity Manager 2016.

  • User Profile Service Architecture
  • User Profile Service Application (UPA)
  • Creating and Managing My Sites
  • Microsoft Identity Manager

Hands-on Lab: Configuring the User Profile Service

  • Exercise 1: Creating the User Profile Service Application / My Sites host
  • Exercise 2: Working with My Sites
  • Exercise 3: Configuring the MIM Sync Engine
Module 9: Hybrid Configuration

SharePoint 2016 introduces a new option for connecting an on-premises farm to Office 365 through hybrid service connections. This module will discuss the Office 365 services available for hybrid connections like User Profiles, Search, Sites, and OneDrive for Business. This module begins by establishing a connection with an Office 365 Tenant and then installs the directory synchronization tools. Once the directory synchronization is complete the students will create service connections for Search and OneDrive for Business.

  • Hybrid Services Architecture
  • Directory Synchronization
  • Search
  • OneDrive for Business

Hands-on Lab: Configuring the User Profile Service

  • Exercise 1: Creating an Office 365 Trial Tenant
  • Exercise 2: Connecting an On-premises farm to an Office 365 Tenant
  • Exercise 3: Synchronizing User Accounts Between On-premises and Office 365
Module 10: eDiscovery and Data Loss Prevention

SharePoint 2013 introduced the eDiscovery Center and SharePoint 2016 build on this by adding features for Data Loss Prevention (DLP). This module introduces the requirements and features of eDiscovery and DLP. The students will use out of the box templates and create new policies that take the construct of conditions, actions and exceptions to understand how DLP works in SharePoint 2016.

  • SharePoint eDiscovery Requirements
  • Creating an eDiscovery Center
  • Creating DLP Policies
  • Rendering Policy Tips

Hands-on Lab: Configuring the User Profile Service

  • Exercise 1: Creating an eDiscovery Site
  • Exercise 2: Configuring eDiscovery Searches
  • Exercise 3: Performing Actions on eDiscovery Search Results
Module 11: Configuring Workflow and Office Online Server in SharePoint 2013

This module takes a look at how external servers like Workflow and Office Online Server are associated with a SharePoint 2016 Farm. The lecture and labs discuss the architecture and steps required to associate an external server with the SharePoint farm. The labs guide you through configuring workflow support in an on-premises farm with SharePoint 2016.

  • Configuring External Services in SharePoint 2016
  • Installing and Configuring Workflow Manager
  • Creating Workflows with SharePoint Designer
  • Interop with SharePoint 2010 Style Workflows

Hands-on Lab: Configuring Workflow in SharePoint 2016

  • Exercise 1: Install & Configure Workflow Manager 1.0
  • Exercise 2: Creating SharePoint 2016 Workflows with SharePoint Designer
  • Exercise 3: Monitoring Workflows
Module 12: Backup, Restore and Disaster Recovery

This module covers the essential strategies required for backing up and restoring content in and across SharePoint 2016 farms. The discussion begins with versioning and the Recycle Bin. Then you will learn to back up and restore site collections, Content Databases and entire farms using Windows PowerShell scripts and by hand through Central Administration. The modules conclude with a discussion of how to prepare for disaster recovery so that you can restore a SharePoint 2016 farm in the event of catastrophic server failure.

  • User-managed content recovery
  • Backing up and restoring SharePoint content
  • Disaster Recovery
  • High Availability

Hands-on Lab: Backing Up and Restoring Content

  • Exercise 1: Create Some Content to Back Up
  • Exercise 2: Back up the Product Management Site with PowerShell and SQL
  • Exercise 3: Recover Deleted Information using Central Administration
Module 13: Upgrading Content from SharePoint 2013

This module focuses on what is required to upgrade content from SharePoint 2013 farms to SharePoint 2016. You will learn how to use the database attach strategy to migrate site content from a SharePoint 2013 farm to a SharePoint 2016 farm. You will also learn which SharePoint service applications offer an option to migrate their content and which do not.

  • Upgrade Concepts and Terminology
  • Upgrading Content using Database Attach
  • Site Collection Upgrade

Hands-on Lab: Upgrading Content from SharePoint 2013 to SharePoint 2016

  • Exercise 1: Preparing SharePoint 2013 Content Databases for Upgrade
  • Exercise 2: Restoring the SharePoint 2013 Content Database in a SharePoint 2016 Farm
  • Exercise 3: Mounting the Restored Content Database
  • Exercise 4: Resolving Upgrade Issues
Module 14: Deploying Apps and Custom Solutions

This module begins by discussing the use of farm solutions and sandbox solutions to deploy site customizations and custom business solutions. Next, you will learn about the architecture of the SharePoint App model and how to configure an on-premises farm to support apps.

  • SharePoint Solutions
  • The New SharePoint App Model
  • Configuring the SharePoint farm to support Apps
  • Creating an App Catalog Site

Hands-on Lab: Deploying SharePoint Apps and Custom Solutions

  • Exercise 1: Configuring an On-premises Farm for Deploying Apps
  • Exercise 2: Creating an App Catalog Site
  • Exercise 3: Publishing and Installing Apps
  • Exercise 4: Deploying a Custom Farm Solution

Course material  ©Copyright 2015 Critical Path Training


Course material  ©Copyright 2015 Critical Path Training