New SharePoint 2013 certification option

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While I was on vacation Microsoft has announced a change in SharePoint Certification. There are now 2 paths to becoming a MCSE SharePoint. If you look at this page on the Microsoft Learning site: https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcse-sharepoint-certification.aspx you will see that in order to become a SharePoint MCSE you need to pass the Office 365 MCSA Certification (Exam 70-346 and 70-347). But it does not do you any good if you just work with SharePoint OnPrem.

If you look right under the certification path requirements, there is a link for “Additional Options” (see image below). If you expand this link you will find that “You can substitute an  MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification for the MCSA: Office 365 certification”. Where you will need to pass exams 70-410, 70-411, 70-412 instead of exams 70-346 and 70-347.

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After you become a MCSA (Office 365 or Windows 2012) you will need to pass exams 70-331 (Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013) and 70-332 (Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013) to become MSCE.

Here is more information on MCSA: Office 365 Certification and MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certi;fication

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Introduction to Office 365 Development training

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If you would like to start doing some Office 365 Development, you should have a look at this free course from the Microsoft Virtual Academy.

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/introduction-to-office-365-development

“Explore how you can build your solutions contextually directly into the Office 365 using the App Model. Learn how to call the Office 365 APIs from your stand-alone web applications and mobile device applications to leverage services like OneDrive for Business, Mail, Calendar, People, and Sites. Watch how experts create typical intranet scenarios using the App Model, and transform your existing SharePoint Full Trust Solutions. Don’t miss this informative session!”

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Project Server 2013 training

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Microsoft has released a bunch of training videos about Project Server for ITPro and Dev.

If you are interested to learn more about Project Server just click on the following link:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/projectserver/jj906608

 

SharePoint virtual Labs

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If you want to test drive SharePoint 2010.  You can find multilple online virtual  labs (31 at the time of this post).

The Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 virtual labs will cover topics, such as installation, upgrading to SharePoint Server 2010, configuring search UIs, service applications, business continuity management, and many others.  It’s easy, jus click on the following links and follow the instructions.

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SharePoint 2010 Demos: Enterprise Search Demos & Labs

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Microsoft has just published a series of Labs for developping search application with SharePoint 2010 and Fast search.  You can download the labs by following this link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=9fcbcc96-02b7-4292-b3b7-c04b236accde
 
Here is the description of the labs:
 
  • Advanced Query Processing in SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. This module demonstrates how to implement advanced query processing in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint by studying common patterns and applications of advanced query processing. Audience: Application developers.
  • Advanced Security in SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. This module reviews security concepts in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint including item-level security and the FAST Search authorization process. Learn to protect your FAST Search Server 2010 installation, protect query traffic between SSAs, and how to implement HTTPS for query traffic. Also view guidance on security planning for sites and content and SharePoint Server 2010 authentication. Audience: Application developers.
  • Building Search Applications in SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. In this module, use your knowledge of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Search to build portions of the Contoso Research Application. Assembling portions of the entire search application facilitates an understanding of how to build a complete website. Audience: Application developers.
  • Configuring Search User Interface in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. In this module, discover how to create custom search sites and pages, configure search Web Parts, configure the refinement panel, and enable federation Web Parts in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Audience: Application developers.
  • Content Processing and Property Extraction in SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. This module describes how to create custom search sites and pages, configure search Web Parts, configure the refinement panel, and enable federation Web Parts in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Audience: Application developers.
  • Developing Custom Connectors for SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. This module reviews the process for extending and developing custom content connectors for use with both Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Audience: Application developers.
  • Extending the User Interface in SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. This module describes how to extend the user interface in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Audience: application developers.
  • Linguistics Features in SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. This module shows how Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Search implements linguistics features including language identification, wordbreaking, tokenization, character normalization, stemming, keywords, synonyms, anti-phrasing, spell checking, offensive content filtering and phonetic search. Linguistic search features support localized search experiences and improve precision and recall by extracting and adding relevant information for use in ranking and results exploration and refinement. Audience: Application developers.
  • Overview of SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Search Connectors and the Business Data Catalog. This module reviews Microsoft SharePoint 2010 enterprise search content feeding architecture and connector framework and connectors in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. In this module, you learn to configure your search center to also search external content by creating an external content type (ECT) using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, and deploying the ECT to your site, and confirming the connector is available for SharePoint 2010 enterprise search. Audience: Application developers.
  • Query API and Query Languages in SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. In this module, learn how to customize queries and develop a methodology for adding queries by reviewing the SharePoint 2010 query API, query language, and how to use FQL operators in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Audience: Application developers.
  • Relevancy and Ranking in Fast Search Server for SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. This module describes how to create custom search sites and pages, configure search Web Parts, configure the refinement panel, and enable federation Web Parts in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Audience: Application developers.
  • SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Federation. This module orients you to the SharePoint 2010 Federation Object Model and Refinement Object Model by reviewing examples of common extensions in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Audience: Application developers.
  • Windows PowerShell for SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. This module introduces Windows PowerShell cmdlets for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint beginning with an overview of benefits and best practices including FAST Search cmdlets for administration, installation, security, and spelling. Windows PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration. PowerShell enables you to control and automate the administration of the Windows operating system and applications that run on Windows. Audience: Application developers.
  • Working with FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Web Crawlers. This module describes how to use the Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint web crawler to crawl complex web sites. It also describes additional configuration options and how to use the command line administration to facilitate large-scale crawls with multiple crawling servers. Audience: Application developers.

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Intel® and Microsoft Present Parallelism Techdays

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Intel® and Microsoft Present Parallelism Techdays

Free 1-Day Course on Parallelism from Intel and Microsoft, with demonstrations of Intel® Parallel Studio and Microsoft® Visual Studio 2010

Learn directly from Intel and Microsoft when you attend this free one-day course on parallelism and threading. This is a great opportunity learn about threading your applications for multi-core platforms. This course is targeted for Windows* C++ developers using Microsoft Visual Studio*.

The performance benefits of application parallelism on modern computing platforms will come from threading software. Learn how to develop software that utilizes many cores! Familiarity with threads is helpful, but not required (target is beginning- to intermediate-experience with threads, experts would not benefit as much from this course).

Parallelism Techdays Agenda:

The course starts at 9:00am and concludes at 4:00pm. 6 hours of instructional time, plus breaks and lunch. Training on parallelism plus instructor-led demos of Intel and Microsoft products for parallel programming:

Dates
Sept. 20, 2010
Sept. 22, 2010
Sept. 28, 2010
Sept. 29, 2010

Locations
Montreal
Chicago
San Francisco
Seattle / Bellevue

http://www.programmers.com/PPI_US/PartnerCenter/partners.aspx?name=Parallelism_Techday

SharePoint online virtual labs

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If you don’t have the technology in place to test drive SharePoint 2010, you can have a look at the Microsoft Virtual labs.  You access these labs from your browser.  You will connect to a virtual machine and have access to an instruction guide that will help you complete the lab. 
 
Here is the list of available virtual labs for SharePoint 2010:

 

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