New to SharePoint? where to start?


From time to time I get asked from partners and customers, that are new to SharePoint, about where to start learning SharePoint. I will try asking this question by offering some good links to check out. These will mainly be targeted to somewhat technical persons (both developers and IT Pro). OK - there are two links for end users as well...

First of familiarize yourself with SharePoint by browsing information on OfficeOnline (product guides, trial downloads, etc) , next watch some webcasts or even better try out virtual labs for real hands-on experience. For the ones that like e-Learning or classroom learning there are some courses (see below). You should watch both the SharePoint product blog and Joel Oleson's blog. There you will find many Best Practices and other goodies. If you are able to attend a conference like TechEd or the SharePoint Conference I would recommend that.

Certifications is a good target for learning, plus it will document your competency.  You will find certifications for WSS v3 and MOSS 2007 for both developers and IT Pro (See below).
(WSS = Windows SharePoint Services and MOSS = Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. Learn them, because you will see them a lot 🙂

Main starting points

Windows SharePoint Services - OfficeOnline - for all

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server - OfficeOnline - for all

SharePoint technologies

MOSS Deployment Project Plan Sample (Project 2003 format, Project 2007 format) (added Oct 16th)

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For the end users

Get the 'Point

Help for SharePoint Server 2007

Blogs to watch

The official blog of the SharePoint Product Group

Joel Oleson's SharePoint Land (IT Pro)

Andrew Connell (Developer)

Patrick Tisseghem (Developer)

Developers

Windows SharePoint Services Developer Center

SharePoint Server 2007 Developer Portal

Virtual labs - SharePoint

Webcasts - SharePoint

7 Development Projects for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (PDF, 4,877 KB) (added Oct 16th)

IT pros

Office System TechCenter - Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

Windows SharePoint Services TechCenter

Virtual labs - SharePoint

Webcasts - SharePoint

Book - Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 Administrator's Companion (added Oct 16th)

Certifications

Exam 70-542: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 – Application Development

Exam 70-541: Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 - Application Development

Exam 71-630: Configuring Office SharePoint Server 2007

Exam 71-631: Configuring Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Learning: e-Learning

Collection 5404: Implementing Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007

Collection 5403: Implementing Microsoft® Windows® SharePoint® Services 3.0

Collection 5392: Developing and Extending Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with Visual Studio 2005

Collection 5385: Developing Solutions with Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Visual Studio 2005

Collection 5266: Core Training for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Collection 3376: Implementing Enterprise Search Using Sharepoint Technologies

Collection 6071: Developing Solutions with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Visual Studio 2005

Learning: classroom

5060: Implementing Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

This learning product will teach IT professionals how to implement Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 in their organizations. It will provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure a successful implementation.

5061: Implementing Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007

This learning product will teach IT Professionals how to implement Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 in their organizations. It will provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure a successful implementation.

 

Conferences


Register Now for the Microsoft Office SharePoint Conference 2008

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Register Now for Microsoft Office SharePoint Conference 2008
The conference will be held March 2-6, 2008 in Seattle, WA USA with Bill Gates as the keynote speaker and over 100 SharePoint technical sessions and hands-on labs.

Tech·Ed Europe: Developers

Barcelona, Spain

November 5–9, 2007

Tech·Ed Europe: IT Forum

Barcelona, Spain

November 12–16, 2007

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