Book review: Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration

This book is necessary for every full-time SharePoint 2010 administrator: Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration by Todd Klindt, Shane Young and Steve Caravajal is for the advanced SharePoint administrator and previous SharePoint 2007 knowledge is beneficial.

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Target audience

Regarding to the authors the book is mainly written for and by administrators. Additionally it includes content for power user and developer.


The book includes 25 chapters:

  1. What’s New in SharePoint 2010
  2. The New and Improved User Experience
  3. Architecture and Capacity Planning  
  4. Installing and Configuring SharePoint 2010 
  5. Upgrading from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010
  6. Using the New Central Administration
  7. Understanding the Service Application Architecture
  8. Securing and Managing Site Content 
  9. Claims-Based Authentication
  10. Administering SharePoint 2010 with Windows PowerShell
  11. Managing Navigation and Understanding Governance
  12. Configuring SharePoint 2010 for High Availability Backups
  13. Using Features and Solution Packages  
  14. Configuring and Managing Enterprise Search
  15. Monitoring SharePoint 2010  
  16. Managed Metadata Service Applications
  17. Social Computing and SharePoint 2010 
  18. Integrating the Office 2010 Clients with SharePoint 2010
  19. The Office Web Applications 
  20. PerformancePoint Services and Business Intelligence 
  21. New Content Management Capabilities in SharePoint 2010 
  22. Working with SharePoint Designer 2010 
  23. Branding SharePoint 2010
  24. Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010
  25. Building Workflows in SharePoint 2010

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Chapter 1 –3 covers the theory of SharePoint 2010 and it doesn’t tell you about the business needs in the background. Instead it has the facts and right away some real world tips.

Chapter 4 continuous with tips and things to consider while installing and configuring SharePoint 2010 and Chapter 5 explains in detail what happens in the background if you upgrade SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010 and has some tips & tricks ready.

Chapter 6 gives an overview of the Central Administration and the new user interface which is useful for experienced an inexperienced readers. It’s good to have a running SharePoint 2010 instance to actually see the things described.

Chapter 7 gives you a detailed overview about service applications and shows you how to create and manage them including cross farm service applications and multi tenancy.

Chapter 8 tells you almost everything about site security including permissions, SharePoint and AD groups, securable objects  and so on…

Chapter 9 gives you the basic things about claims based authentication and how to enable and manage the different types in SharePoint. It’s good to have a guide since enabling Forms Based Authentication is not the thing I want to remember.

Chapter 10 tells you everything about SharePoint 2010 and PowerShell… at least it feels like that. :D

Chapter 11 provides an overview of all the SharePoint 2010 navigation elements as well as an high level overview about SharePoint governance.

Chapter 12 is made for the admin and focuses on content recovery, disaster recovery and high availability and has some tips as well as small scripts for backup and restore ready for you.

Chapter 13 tells you the basics about solutions and features which is quiet good if some developer comes and says he want to deploy…

Chapter 14 is about search, scaling, index partitioning, administration and so on… here I missed a few conceptual figures at the beginning of the chapter which could help me to better understand the subject. Note: This chapter doesn’t include FAST Search Server… it lists differences compared to SharePoint Server Search but that’s all.

Chapter 15 handles about monitoring, the trace logs and their improvements compared to SharePoint 2007, correlations Ids and the new logging database as well as the SharePoint 2010 health analyzer. Additionally it has a part about timer jobs and their enhancements in SharePoint 2010.

Chapter 16 includes a lot about the metadata service, managed metadata and managed keywords, term store and term sets as well as groups and shows you how to configure the whole thing and how to use it in sites. This chapter is also useful for a power user.

Chapter 17 starts with an overview of the user profile service application. It doesn’t guide you in detail through the setup process of user profile synchronization… I think that’s still tricky these days. Furthermore it includes an overview about audiences, tags and notes, My Site, ratings, wikis, blogs and people search. As you can see by the amount of topics it won’t be too detailed.

Chapter 18 and 19 are about SharePoint 2010 office client integration and Office Web Apps. It shows you how to connect to SharePoint using the clients as a start as well as connection to the clients using SharePoint as a start. The integration with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, InfoPath, Visio, OneNote, Access and Workspace are described with more details. Later on the Office Web Apps are described, how they are deployed and administrated including PowerShell scripts. I didn’t know that they include accessibility features like screen reader support. And I didn’t know that the deployment can be that extensive… I remembered it a lot more straightforward.

I didn’t read chapter 20 (sorry for that, I assume it’s well written too) but Business Intelligence is definitely not my case.

Chapter 21 is not about WCM it’s about ECM or DMS? Well it’s about documents and doesn’t include web content. Instead it includes managed metadata, documents sets, document IDs and the content organizer. This chapter not only describes how to set it up it also gives an approach how to use it!

Yes you should use SharePoint Designer 2010 (if you really know what you are doing). Chapter 22 shows you what you can do including data sources, views and forms, workflows and branding.

Chapter 23 is about branding SharePoint 2010 so you (as an administrator) get an overview about what is going on behind the scenes. The beginning of that chapter wasn’t really interesting and I don’t know if an admin cares about what master pages are. The second part was more interesting when it comes to customizations and blocking customizations.

Chapter 24 gives an introduction to the Business Connectivity Services (BCS) and how to use it. And: it shows the different capabilities BCS in SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 which is pretty cool because I don’t have to look for myself!

Chapter 25 is about workflow basic including InfoPath, Visio as well as Visual Studio and gives a real world example using an expense report approval scenario.

My comments

Things I like

  • This book is for the advanced administrator and therefore has a lot of in-depth knowledge and useful tips.
  • It also has some parts where it gives an overview about fundamental things like navigation and security. 
  • It covers a lot of SharePoint 2010 content.
  • It provides PowerShell scripts where it is appropriate or has pictures showing how to complete a task.
  • The style of writing is cool and sometimes funny so it encourages you to read the rest of the book.
  • At the beginning of every chapter the key learning's of the chapter are mentioned and at the end there is a short summary. 

Things to consider

  • A few more conceptual figures would have been nice in chapter 14. 


I really like the style of writing since it helped me a lot reading such a huge book. Don’t get me wrong the content of this book is great, it’s detailed… it’s the thing you would expect but hey it’s also big. But it never get’s boring although the book is packed with a lot of know-how.

I like chapter 21 (content management) since it gives an approach on how to use it. All the other chapters are also really good. Chapter 19 was a little bit confusing about deploying Office Web Apps since I remember it easier.

Compared to Beginning SharePoint 2010 Administration this book does not try to explain the business requirements behind SharePoint components like lists and libraries which is positive.

Due to the authors and their style of writing and the huge amount of expertise the book is a must have. (It’s really impressive what the authors created since it's definitely a lot of hard work.)