Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Pocket Guide


This is your most concise, practical reference to deploying, configuring, and running SharePoint 2013. Perfect for admins at all levels, it covers both technical topics and business solutions. SharePoint MVP Ben Curry focuses on the crucial step-by-step information for performing day-to-day tasks quickly, reliably, and well. No obscure settings, abstract theory, or hype…just ...

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This is your most concise, practical reference to deploying, configuring, and running SharePoint 2013. Perfect for admins at all levels, it covers both technical topics and business solutions. SharePoint MVP Ben Curry focuses on the crucial step-by-step information for performing day-to-day tasks quickly, reliably, and well. No obscure settings, abstract theory, or hype…just help you can really trust—and really use!

  • Install SharePoint Server 2013
  • Configure farms and databases
  • Create and extend web applications
  • Set up and scale service applications
  • Deploy and manage sites/collections
  • Implement BI solutions
  • Integrate Excel Services and PowerPivot
  • Configure enterprise content types and metadata
  • Deploy Enterprise Search
  • Manage documents and web content
  • Brand your site
  • Deliver social tools, including microblogging
  • Back up and restore
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672336980
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 9/20/2013
  • Series: Other Sams Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 791,806
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Curry (CISSP, MVP, MCP, MCT) is an author and enterprise architect specializing in knowledge management, BPM, ECM, and collaborative technologies. Ben is a founding Partner at Summit 7 Systems, a company focused on the next generation of Microsoft products, and has been awarded the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) by Microsoft six years in a row.

Ben’s philosophy is that the best solutions are inspired by the best ideas, and he encourages his team to continuously generate and share ideas. His numerous publications embody his philosophy. Ben enjoys sharing his ideas as an instructor, both in the IT world and in the marine world. Ben is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer with a passion for diving and spearfishing.

Ben’s other life passions include driving his Shelby around the countryside in his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, and coaching his daughter’s softball team. Ben is happily married to Kimberly and is the proud father of their children, Madison and Bryce.

About the Coauthors:

Jason Batchelor (MCP) is an information architect and technology strategist who works to bring a balanced approach toward successful system deployments. Jason has been able to leverage core technology strengths in the areas of knowledge management, collaboration technologies, and enterprise content management toward the creation and implementation of successful system designs ranging from large and small enterprises to local and state governments. Jason is a senior consultant and the manager of Professional Services at Summit 7 Systems, a company focused on the next generation of Microsoft products. Jason has more than 11 years of experience in information system design and information architecture. Understanding the balanced need between technology and business, Jason has been instrumental in efforts utilizing SharePoint as a foundation for business process automation and reengineering through the use of tools such as Lean and Six Sigma. Outside of his professional passions, Jason enjoys coaching both high school and travel soccer in his hometown of Madison, Alabama, where he lives with wife, Patricia, and their three children, Zachary, Caila, and Jacob. Jason is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he obtained both his BSBA and MS in management information systems.

Jay Simcox (MCSE Security, MCTS, MCITP) is a respected IT professional and educator with more than 12 years of information technology experience. Jay is a manager and senior consultant with Summit 7 Systems, where his background in network and systems administration, SharePoint architecture and administration, and end user support and training are utilized by government agencies seeking to make better use of the tools they are provided. Jay holds an A.A.S. in network engineering and a B.S. in management information systems; he has five years of instructional experience related to information technology. He is a native of Havelock, North Carolina, and currently lives in Huntsville, Alabama, with his beautiful wife, Anna, and their two children, Joey and Allyson. In his spare time Jay enjoys playing golf, reading, and supporting University of North Carolina Tar Heel basketball.

Shane King (CISSP, MCTS) is a senior consultant with Summit 7 Systems, specializing in the strategy, design, and implementation of business critical information systems. He has more than 14 years of experience in aerospace and systems engineering, which allows him to bring a holistic approach to solution design and solving business problems. Shane completed his masters of accountancy (MAcc) in December 2008 and is a part-time instructor, teaching accounting information systems and business process management. Shane is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, where he enjoys spending his time off-roading in his Jeep and volunteers as a karate instructor, teaching young adults and youth self-defense. Shane is a loving father to his three children, Noah, Evie, and Blake.

Jason Cribbet (MCPD and MCITP) is a senior developer at Summit 7 Systems, with more than 12 years of information technology experience serving commercial, government, and nonprofit organizations. Jason has developed within the Microsoft technology stack since the early days of the .NET framework and has been working with SharePoint-related technologies since 2007. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in computer engineering. A native of South Florida, Jason lives in Huntsville, Alabama, with his wife, Lori, and their three children, Ellie, Alexa, and Jason.

Joy Curry is an information technologist who has spent more than 5 years working with Microsoft SharePoint. She comes from a government contracting background where she was responsible for both SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010 farms. Her experience includes all aspects of creating SharePoint-based solutions, from determining initial vision with senior stakeholders, through requirements, design, and finally, implementation. Joy has also spent considerable time doing internal training of critical users as well as working with executive and senior management to realize their goals for SharePoint. When not working with SharePoint, Joy enjoys hiking and offroading with her husband, James, and their two spoiled dogs.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Who Is This Book For? 1

How Is This Book Organized? 2


1 Installing SharePoint Server 2013 5

Preparing for Installation 7

Farm Topologies 13

Installing the First SharePoint Foundation 2013 Server in the Farm 18

Installing the First SharePoint Server 2013 Server in the Farm 31

Post-Installation Configuration 39

Advanced Installation Options 49

2 Configuring Farm Operations 55

Introducing Central Administration 55

System Settings 62

Database Management 77

Configuring Send to Connections 87

3 Creating Web Applications and Content Databases 91

Web Application Architecture 92

Creating and Managing Content Databases 96

Creating and Extending Web Applications 101

Configuring and Managing Web Applications 117

Alternate Access Mappings 129

4 Creating and Configuring Service Applications 135

Service Application Architecture 136

Managing Service Applications 139

Deploying Service Applications 141

5 Scaling Web and Service Applications 179

Server Roles 180

Preparing for Scaling Out to a Server Farm 181

Scaling Farms with Server and Storage Groups 188

Scaling Web Applications 191

Scaling System Services and Service Applications 201

6 Deploying Sites and Site Collections 213

Site Creation Modes 213

Site Collections and Content Databases 219

Creating Site Collections 221

Site Collection Security 227

7 Deploying Business Intelligence Technologies 241

Business Intelligence Components 241

Business Intelligence Considerations 242

Business Intelligence Setup 244

Excel Services 246


8 Configuring Enterprise Content Types and Metadata 277

Understanding Enterprise Content Management 277

Configuring Managed Metadata Services 280

Understanding Managed Taxonomies, Folksonomies, and Term Sets 292

Understanding Enterprise Content Types 302

Consuming Metadata 305

9 Configuring Document Management 315

Managing Documents in SharePoint 2013 316

Document IDs and Sets 320

List and Library Relationships 326

Document Version Control 330

Workflows 333

Inbound Email 334

The Document Center 337

Content Organizer and Send To Functionality 340

Records Management 345

In-Place Records Management 352

The Records Center 356

eDiscovery in SharePoint Server 2013 362

10 Enterprise Search 365

Design Considerations 365

Deploying the First Search Server in the Farm 374

Scaling Search to Multiple Servers 379

Configuring the Search Service Application 391

11 Web Content Management 423

Understanding the Publishing Infrastructure 423

12 Branding in SharePoint 2013 441

Branding Levels 441

Composed Looks 443

Design Manager 446

Image Renditions 461

Managed Metadata Navigation 466

Minimal Download Strategy 467

13 Configuring the Social Experience 469

Social Architecture 469

User Profile Service 470

Enabling Social Features for Users and Groups 490

My Sites 495


14 Backing Up and Restoring SharePoint Server 2013 509

SharePoint Farm Backup and Recovery 510

Service and Web Application Backup and Restore 524

Granular Backup and Restore 526

15 Managing Apps and Solutions 533

Managing Apps 534

Installing and Configuring Web Parts 548

Installing and Configuring Features 560

Managing Solutions 568

16 Configuring Sites and Site Collections 585

Site Settings 585

Creating and Managing List and Library Apps 594

Navigation and Promoted Links 616

17 Upgrading from SharePoint Server 2010 623

Planning and Preparing 625

Database Attach Upgrades 639

Upgrading Sites and Site Collections 644

Upgrading My Sites 651

Index 653

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