Book review: Beginning SharePoint 2010 Administration

This book is great and worth to read but it definitely has the wrong title: Beginning SharePoint 2010 Administration is written by Göran Husman and Christian Ståhl and published by Wrox.

This book doesn’t require any previous knowledge about SharePoint.


Target audience

Regarding to the authors the target audience include consultants, IT professionals, administrators, IT managers and project leaders. In my opinion the target audience includes everyone dealing with SharePoint 2010. So developers and end users can read this book too since it gives an overview, covers basic functionality and compares the different versions of SharePoint 2010.


The book includes 14 chapters:

  1. Introduction to Microsoft SharePoint 2010
  2. Building SharePoint Foundation Sites
  3. Office Integration
  4. Content Management in SharePoint 2010
  5. Managing My Sites
  6. SharePoint Administration
  7. Building Intranets and Internet Portals
  8. Customizing SharePoint 2010
  9. Using SharePoint Designer 2010
  10. Backup and Restore
  11. Installing SharePoint Foundation 2010
  12. Configuring SharePoint Foundation 2010
  13. Installing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
  14. Configuring SharePoint Server 2010

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Chapter 1 – 5 can be read by people with different jobs as I have written under target audience.

Chapter 6 and 7 are more technical but it doesn’t hurt if a project leader knows that there are some things to consider in a project when it comes to building SharePoint portals.

Chapter 8 again shows basic functionality and possibilities how to customize SharePoint 2010 and is not really targeted to the typical administrator.

Chapter 9 is also not really targeted to the administrator because it shows what you can do with SharePoint Designer 2010. I like this chapter since it shows me what’s possible without coding.

Chapter 10 on the one hand is technical and therefore a good start for the administrator. On the other hand it’s useful for project leaders showing that there is more to consider (backup and restore) if they build a SharePoint portal.

Chapter 11 – 14 (Appendix A – D) show you the installation and configuration of SharePoint 2010 and are the basic tasks to do before using the try it out sections if you have no running SharePoint 2010 instance.

My comments

Things I like

  • The book is not really about administration and has a different strength since it covers SharePoint 2010 for a lot of different target audiences:
    • The book explains what SharePoint 2010 is for and has a short part about the history (which could have been a little bit longer). This are the basics I tell my customer’s.
    • Chapter 2 has some tables e.g. comparing SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 regarding the available types of lists or many other differences. It also shows the differences of the Office 2010 editions regarding the available applications and features.
  • At the beginning of every chapter the key learning's of the chapter are mentioned and at the end there is a facts sheet with the most important learning's.
  • If you have a running instance there are a lot of descriptions you can use and try out.
  • It is well written and easy to understand (at least for me with an experience of 4 years).

Things to consider

  • As the title illustrates it’s “Beginning SharePoint 2010…” and therefore you shouldn’t expect advanced real world use cases and scenarios.


This book is great but not in the way I expected it from reading the title. Instead of pure administration I got an overview about SharePoint 2010. It’s not only a technical overview it also contains many things useful for consulting.

For me the most important contents are the comparison of the different SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 versions (available features) as well as the chapter about the out-of-the-box possibilities with SharePoint Designer 2010.

Compared to Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration this book tries to explain the business requirements behind SharePoint components like lists and libraries which is also useful for beginners.

The book has no weak parts and can be recommended not only for beginners.