Welcome!

Silverlight Authors: Automic Blog, Michael Kopp, AppDynamics Blog, Kaazing Blog, Steven Mandel

Related Topics: Microsoft Cloud, Silverlight

Microsoft Cloud: Book Review

Book Review | Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Pocket Guide

A No-nonsense Overview of SharePoint 2013

This little book is packed with tons of information. The authors did a good job of selecting topics that SharePoint administrators need to know, but may use so infrequently, they don't retain the details.

In today's IT world that is just life. A little over a year ago we upgraded from 2007 to 2010. By the time the process was over, I had a 120 page document full of reminders. At the end of this year we will be going to 2013. I have barely touch SharePoint in the interim, so without those notes I would be as lost as the day they told me I was going to do the 2007 to 2010 upgrade.

In the introduction the authors say this book is designed for those with SharePoint experience as well as with a basic knowledge of Windows Server 2012, Active Directory, Internet Information Services (IIS), SQL Server, and web browsers. I would agree with that.

The book is broken down into 3 parts. I have listed each part along with the chapters they contain.

Part I: Deploying
Chapter 1. Installing SharePoint Server 2013
Chapter 2. Configuring Farm Operations
Chapter 3. Creating Web Applications and Content Databases
Chapter 4. Creating and Configuring Service Applications
Chapter 5. Scaling Web and Service Applications
Chapter 6. Deploying Sites and Site Collections
Chapter 7. Deploying Business Intelligence Technologies

Part II: Configuring
Chapter 8. Configuring Enterprise Content Types and Metadata
Chapter 9. Configuring Document Management
Chapter 10. Enterprise Search
Chapter 11. Web Content Management
Chapter 12. Branding in SharePoint 2013
Chapter 13. Configuring the Social Experience

Part III: Operating
Chapter 14. Backing Up and Restoring SharePoint Server 2013
Chapter 15. Managing Apps and Solutions
Chapter 16. Configuring Sites and Site Collections
Chapter 17. Upgrading from SharePoint Server 2010

This book does a great job of covering a ton of topics in a very condensed format. That means a lot of thing may not get drilled down into, but it does a great job of pointing you in the right direction.

A good example of this is the chapter on upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to 2013. It does a good job of pointing out all the things you will need to look into in order to do a successful upgrade. Although there is a lot of work you need to do with all those things, to have a map of what they are is awesome. I would have loved to have that chapter 4 years ago when we started looking at SharePoint 2010.

The authors' writing styles are great. No filler. They do a great job of making use of visualization with diagrams, screenshots, and summary tables. The book also has an awesome index, which helps it live up to being a great reference.

Although a reference is what this book is intended to be, the book is arranged in a logical cover to cover read.

I love the size of this book. It's small size lets me carry it around easier than the larger SharePoint tomes that I have.

I highly recommend this book to any SharePoint administrator looking to move into the 2013 SharePoint world. I will definitely have it by my side.


Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Pocket Guide

Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Pocket Guide

More Stories By Tad Anderson

Tad Anderson has been doing Software Architecture for 18 years and Enterprise Architecture for the past few.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
Digital Transformation is much more than a buzzword. The radical shift to digital mechanisms for almost every process is evident across all industries and verticals. This is often especially true in financial services, where the legacy environment is many times unable to keep up with the rapidly shifting demands of the consumer. The constant pressure to provide complete, omnichannel delivery of customer-facing solutions to meet both regulatory and customer demands is putting enormous pressure on...
IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addr...
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by...
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight...
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
To Really Work for Enterprises, MultiCloud Adoption Requires Far Better and Inclusive Cloud Monitoring and Cost Management … But How? Overwhelmingly, even as enterprises have adopted cloud computing and are expanding to multi-cloud computing, IT leaders remain concerned about how to monitor, manage and control costs across hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. It’s clear that traditional IT monitoring and management approaches, designed after all for on-premises data centers, are falling short in ...
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...