Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 (NE-20331)

This course is the first of two to acquire the MCSE: SharePoint Server 2013 certification. The course will teach you how to configure SharePoint Server 2013, as well as provide guidelines, best practices, and considerations that will help you optimise your SharePoint server deployment.


Certified Training Course




R 9 100 p.p. (Excl. VAT)

SATV Redeemable 


Delivery Method

Classroom-based, Instructor-led with emphasis on hands-on exercises


5 days

Start time: 09:00 (Registration will commence at 08:30 on the first day)

Available in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town


The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course is as follows:

  • Software management in a Windows 2008 R2 enterprise server or Windows Server 2012 environment. 
  •  Deploying and managing applications natively, virtually and in the cloud. 
  •  Administering Internet Information Services (IIS). 
  •  Configuring Active Directory for use in authentication, authsrization and as a user store. 
  •  Managing an application remotely using Windows PowerShell 2.0. 
  •  Connecting applications to Microsoft SQL Server. 
  •  Implementing Claims-based Security.


Course Objectives

At the end of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe the key features of SharePoint 2013;
  • Design an information architecture;
  • Design logical and physical architectures;
  • Install and configure SharePoint Server 2013;
  • Create web applications and site collections;
  • Plan and configure service applications;
  • Manage users and permissions;
  • Configure authentication for SharePoint 2013;
  • Secure a SharePoint 2013 deployment.
  •  Manage taxonomy 
  •  Configure user profiles 
  •  Configure enterprise search 
  •  Monitor and maintain a SharePoint 2013 environment


Exam & Certifications

This course prepares students to write Exam 70-331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 and counts as credit towards the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSE): SharePoint.

Course Topics

1. Introducing SharePoint Server 2013

  • Key Components of a SharePoint Deployment
  • New Features in SharePoint 2013
  • SharePoint 2013 Deployment Options

2. Designing an Information Architecture

  • Identifying Business Requirements 
  • Understanding Business Requirements 
  • Organising Information in SharePoint 2013 
  • Planning for Discoverability

Practical Labs:

  • Identifying Site Columns and Content Types
  • Designing a Business 


3. Designing a Logical Architecture

  • Overview of SharePoint 2013 Logical Architecture 
  • Documenting Your Logical Architecture

Practical Labs:

  • Plan a Logical Architecture 
  • Produce a Logical Architecture Diagram

4. Designing a Physical Architecture

  • Designing Physical Components for SharePoint Deployments
  • Designing Supporting Components for SharePoint Deployments
  • SharePoint Farm Topologies
  • Mapping a Logical Architecture Design to a Physical Architecture Design

Practical Labs:

  • Designing a Physical Architecture
  • Develop a Physical Architecture Design Diagram

5. Installing and Configuring SharePoint Server 2013

  • Installing SharePoint Server 2013 
  • Scripting Installation and Configuration 
  • Configuring SharePoint Server 2013 Farm Settings

Practical Labs:

  • Provisioning a SharePoint 2013 Server Farm
  • Configuring SharePoint Server 2013 Farm Settings 
  • Configuring Outgoing Email
  • Configuring Integration with Office Web Apps Server 2013


6. Creating Web Applications and Site Collections

  • Creating Web Applications
  • Configuring Web Applications 
  • Creating and Configuring Site Collections

Practical Labs:

  • Creating a Web Application 
  • Configuring a Web Application
  • Creating Site Collections 
  • Creating Site Collections in New Content Databases 
  • Creating a Warm-up Script


7. Planning and Configuring Service Applications

  • Introduction to Service Application Architecture 
  • Creating and Configuring Service Applications 

Practical Labs:

  • Provisioning a Managed Metadata Service Application with Central Administration 
  • Provisioning a Managed Metadata Service Application with Windows PowerShell 
  • Configuring Service Applications for Document Conversions 
  • Configuring Service Application Proxy Groups 



8. Managing Users and Permissions

  • Authorization in SharePoint 2013 
  • Managing Access to Content 

Practical Labs:

  • Creating a Web Application Policy 
  • Creating and Managing SharePoint Groups 
  • Creating Custom Permission Levels
  • Managing Permissions and Inheritance 
  • Managing Site Collection Security 
  • Enable anonymous access to a site


9. Configuring Authentication for SharePoint 2013

  • Overview of Authentication 
  • Configuring Federated Authentication 
  • Configuring Server-to-Server Authentication

Practical Labs:

  • Configuring AD FS to Make the Web Application a Relying Party 
  • Configuring SharePoint to Trust AD FS as an Identity Provider 
  • Configuring the Web Application to Use the AD FS Identity Provider


10. Securing a SharePoint 2013 Deployment

  • Securing the Platform 
  • Configuring Farm-Level Security 

Practical Labs:

  • Configuring SharePoint and SQL Server to Communicate Over Non-Standard Ports 
  • Configuring Firewalls for SharePoint Server Farms 
  • Configuring Blocked File Types 
  • Configuring Web Part Security 
  • Implementing Security Auditing


11. Managing Taxonomy

  • Managing Content Types
  • Understanding Term Stores and Term Sets 
  • Managing Term Stores and Term Sets 

Practical Labs:

  • Creating Content Types for Propagation 
  • Publishing Content Types Across Site Collections 
  • Configuring the Managed Metadata Service 
  • Creating Term Sets and Terms
  • Consuming Term Sets

12. Configuring User Profiles

  • Configuring the User Profile Service Application
  • Managing User Profiles and Audiences

Practical Labs:

  • Creating a User Profile Service Application 
  • Configuring Directory Import 
  • Configuring My Sites 
  • Configuring Audiences

13. Configuring Enterprise Search

  • Understanding the Search Service Architecture
  • Configuring Enterprise Search 
  • Managing Enterprise Search 

Practical Labs:

  • Configuring the Search Service Application
  • Configuring a File Share Content Source
  • Configuring a Local SharePoint Content Source
  • Creating a Search Center
  • Optimising Search Results
  • Customising the Search Experience

14. Monitoring and Maintaining a SharePoint 2013 Environment

  • Monitoring a SharePoint 2013 Environment
  • Tuning and Optimizing a SharePoint Environment
  • Planning and Configuring Caching
  • Troubleshooting a SharePoint 2013 Environment

Practical Labs:

  • Configuring Usage and Health Data Collection
  • Configuring SharePoint Diagnostic Logging
  • Configuring Health Analyzer Rules
  • Reviewing Usage and Health Data
  • Investigating Page Load Times
  • Analysing SharePoint Page Performance