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SharePoint 2010 Pilot course done but never finished!

We finished the SharePoint pilot course with great reviews from the attendees.

On the final day we hit a couple of glitches with excel services which is the web based way of viewing and manipulating Excel spreadsheets. Fortunately most people were able to complete the practical work and see it in action.

There was a lot of material covered in the four days and no matter how well presented, which it was, it can be tough to take it all in. The main thing is to try and apply the knowledge gained as soon after the course as possible.

The next part of the course development is where Dux has to modify the notes and exercises based on the attendees comments and fix any problems we found. In addition to that in this case he has to rebuild the loads for the machines with the release version of SharePoint as soon as it becomes available. Even then the course is never really finished. It will continue to evolve based on the feedback we get from attendees and instructors. Hope you can be a part of that by attending a class soon.  Our next sessions are starting in June in the Washington DC area with other dates to follow in New York, Toronto & Chicago.  For other dates, please visit our North American and UK schedule.  As well, most sessions are also available remotely via Learning Tree AnyWare.

David Severn

Half Way Through the SharePoint 2010 Pilot Course

Two days in to the pilot!  Attendees have filled out detailed evaluation forms at the end of each day and we then review these to see how we an improve the course – final adjustments to make it even better.  We are lucky in that we have a group of enthusiastic people who are giving us the feedback.  So far we have found a couple of places where we need some extra course notes.  Dux talked for a while about taxonomy design and got some great questions as a result of this.  Unfortunately we don’t have much in the notes about this so these need to be created.  Another area is that of content types, a really important area in SharePoint.  Our challenge with each of these subjects is how detailed to make the material since this is an introductory course.

A few slides with screenshots have colors that were a little unclear on the classroom screens.  These will be changed to have greater contrast.

Another area we will increase is that of post exercise class discussions whereby we get great ideas and comments  to share during the course.  Apart from a few other minor mistakes we are in good shape and that’s not my view it’s the view of the class !

David Severn

How to Install SharePoint Server 2010 Beta (Standalone) on VMWare

I’m excited to let you know that I will be developing a SharePoint 2010 training course for Learning Tree International entitled: “Comprehensive Introduction to SharePoint 2010” that will be available to the public in June 2010. I am very fortunate to be working with David Severn, SharePoint expert based out of Ireland and Karen Najjoum, Learning Tree Product Manager. Leading up to the first pilot run on April 13-16 and in the spirit of collaboration and giving back to the greater community, we’ll be sharing our course development experiences with you on this blog and provide relevant tips and tricks about SharePoint 2010 that you may find beneficial. Check out this short video I recorded during our initial meeting:

During the meeting, we created our  SharePoint Server 2010 Beta development environment on VMWare and encountered some ‘interesting situations’ before we got it to work. So for our first post in this series, I’d like to share key steps in successfully installing SharePoint Server 2010 Beta on VMWare (click the link  for detailed instructions on each step):

  1. Install Windows 2008 R2 on VMWare. (Thanks to Keith Elder for the detailed instructions). Ideally, you should have 8 GB of RAM allocated to the VM, however, we got it to work with at least 4GB of RAM (Keep in mind the published memory requirement for SharePoint Server 2010 Beta is 8GB of RAM, thanks to Kanwal Khipple for letting me know).
  2. Install SharePoint Server 2010 Beta on Standalone Server (Thanks to SPDEVWiki for detailed steps).
  3. If you encounter an error during step 5 of SharePoint Server 2010 Beta Configuration wizard, read Jie Li’s installation updates and apply the recommended hotfix.
  4. Once you have SharePoint Server 2010 Beta up and running, apply Spencer Harbar’s fix of the application pool’s misconfiguration in SharePoint Server 2010.
  5. Lastly, if you’d like to install a POP3/IMAP server (since Windows 2008 Server doesn’t have one), I recommend hMailServer – so far, it’s been a reliable email server.

I hope you found this post helpful. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions (by posting comments below or sending Dave or me a tweet) about installing SharePoint Server 2010 Beta or inquiries about this course that we are developing. Stay tuned and watch for more SharePoint 2010 tips and tricks. Lastly, if there was a perfect comprehensive SharePoint 2010 training course, what are some topics that you’d like to learn about? We would appreciate your feedback by posting comments below.


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