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Your friend, Trika ---------------------------------------------
ASKED: Does the exam have a number of questions on Sharepoint Licensing and do the training courses provide concise training on licensing? I have talked to three different people at Microsoft Licensing about a Sharepoint 3.0 situation I am trying to configure and gotten three different licensing answers one not requiring any additional licensing, one with a fairly inexpensive license option and one that is completly out of my budget range ( > $10,000). If Microsoft Licensing gives such diverse answers how can a test question be created with an answer? Answered: No, the exams do not cover licensing. We have developed seperate licensing exams for LARs/VARs (also in development this week). I would reccomend you bring this up with your microsoft Sales rep if you have one and they should be able to sort out the descrepancy.
ASKED: We hired a Corporate Technology expert (first and new position) He wants to install SharePoint on the successful installation of it in his previous job. We are having a bitter tug of war with an element of the staff prefering to grow FileMaker Pro for enterprise solutions. Suggestions? We brought in a consultant who indicated FMP should be limited. Answered: Obviously I'm more partial to SPS than FMP. :) I'm not sure what help you are looking for, but you can find comparisons and case studies of other companies that have successfully deployed SPS and what benefits they've seen at microsoft.com: http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/
ASKED: You should really avoid the term IT pro when speaking about a Technology specialist cert.. (ambiguos) Answered: Great point! it is sometimes confusing using the royal "IT Professional" in the same context as the specific IT PRO exams.
ASKED: Are there particular skills that are helpful to have if going down this route - ie knowledge of SQL? Answered: SQL can certainly help. several features of SPS leverage SQL. However, it isn't strictly neccessary. there is much that can be done with just a basic knowledge of SQL. What is very helpful is basic server knowledge for IT Professional exams and basic development terminology and familarity for DEV exams
ASKED: Is there a certain logical order if you plan to take all 4 tests? Answered: not really. A lot of the skills overlap between the SharePoint Services exams and the SharePoint Server 2007 exams. as you would imagine, they share a base technology. Generally, we see people either test in one or the other. But you can certainly take both!
ASKED: I recently aquired a MCTS in SharePoint Services 3.0. Was wondering if it would be beneficial to also aquire the certification for MOSS (lot of similations between WSS 3.0 and MOSS) or pursue one of the test for developing applications in WSS? Answered: It depends on your interest. I would definately reccomend certifying on MOSS (SPS) as that is what a lot of companies are upgrading to/deploying. But if you're more of a programmer, going that route if fine too.
ASKED: If I am certified on Sharepoint V3, will I need to recertify for the next version from scratch. Answered: Since it is only one exam, there is no "upgrade" exam. either way it would be one test, so we're just making the standard test. but many of the skills are similar.
ASKED: Do you have business success stories about introducing sharepoint in an organisation to get an idea what kind of benefits sharepoint can bring to the employers? Answered: Yes. customer evidence has tons: http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/
ASKED: Is there a website, that shows all the features included in SharePoint 3.0/MOSS? Answered: Look here for differences between WSS 3.0 and MOSS. here. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/FX102473161033.aspx
ASKED: How does Visual Studio link in with SharePoint? Would a background of VS or Visual Basic help with the developer side of SharePoint? Answered: Good question, having a solid background in VS absolutely help, Be a good ASP.NET developer.
ASKED: How/Who do we register for the exams? Answered: From the prep guides, there is a link to our partner, Prometric, whre you can register. Prep guides look like: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-XXX.mspx
ASKED: FYI - Some end user online resources: http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2007/09/07/customizable-everyday-productivity-education-epe-content-developed-by-microsoft-it-for-end-user-training.aspx. Answered: thank you!!!
ASKED: How do you develop in SharePoint? And how should we provide SharePoint development environment to our developers? Answered: ASP.NET is the way to go, a good place to start is http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/default.aspx
ASKED: SharePoint designer Replaced Front Page? Answered: for developing pages on sharepoint, yes.
ASKED: Do the SharePoint exams contain simulations or are they all traditional multiple choice tests? Answered: We're can't discuss that level of detail about the exam. sorry. EDITED: Microsoft doesn't publish that info specifically about each exam (partially because we expect people to know the material no matter what form its presented in, and partially because sometimes the format changes, or is different for different customers); but you can ask your peers about their experience--that's something people can share about the testing experience.
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