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.
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