you are reading this right, I finally found the time to take the exam MCTS: Micosoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuring.
And guess what, I passed with a perfect score of 1000. The exam had 51 (easy) questions and you need a passing score of 700.
It was fun to notice that most of the hard questions concerned topics that can be found on my blog [H]. (E.g. Which xml file should you edit to change the email notifications….)
If you are administering MOSS for a while now, then go take the exam and just go through the Central Admin website to prepare yourself. I found only about 4 questions that were challenging, the rest is quite easy.
Tires of your end-users calling you as an administrator to explain them the basics of how to use SharePoint sites? Then you are going to love this. Microsoft released Office SharePoint 2007 Training for End-users. (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/HA102488011033.aspx)
You can install this in two ways:
as a standalone application on your end-user’s workstation
or you can even download a Portal edition, which allows you to go install this on your MOSS Server.
Now I prefer to go install this on my MOSS server, because that is the least effort for me (I don’t want to go install this at my End-User’s desktop. Hey I don’t want to see my End-user ever! )
I was a little sceptical at first about installing this on my Portal server, until I read through the deployment document accompanied with the download. This document explains the installation step-by-step, screen-by-screen even.
The installation took about 30 minutes to complete and I had a working training site for my End-Users.
What I liked most about installing this solution is that you get some hands-on experience in installing and deploying a SharePoint solution. I can imagine that not everybody does this on a daily bases.
So if you can install this at least once o a test MOSS server to see the advantages in this new feature.
If you are serious about SharePoint and want to get certified, then here are the exams you should take:
For IT PROs:
– Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 – Configuring
– Office SharePoint Server 2007 – Configuring
– Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 – Application Development
– Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 – Application Development
You can find more Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Learning resources on te following site: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/sharepointserver/bb310627.aspx