Technet is really a goldmine of totally free information about Microsoft products, including SharePoint, but sometimes we find ourselves searching the internet and reading article after article and wishing we had a way to organize SharePoint information so we could put our hands on it when we need it. Well actually Technet has FREE downloadable books which are also currently sold in print on Amazon for up to $66 each, so if you like free books or if you prefer to have a downloaded book and be able to use search to locate what you want (after all, you can’t grep dead trees, right) then the Technet Downloadable content for SharePoint Server 2010 is for you. There are lots of good downloadable books from getting started with SharePoint to planning guides, to all kinds of specific needs such as business continuity management, governance, profile synchronization, and of course the one we really want to see, the deployment guide.
There are also poster-sized technical SharePoint diagrams which can be downloaded in vsd, pdf, or xps format, on a variety of subjects covered by Technet articles. Each poster has links to the articles that go with it, so while you’re looking at a poster of planning services or search architecture, you can read the Technet articles that go with the poster.
If there’s a book or two you find yourself referring to often or wanting to really sit down and read, you may prefer to order SharePoint books from Amazon, but I’m really glad these books are available on demand, too. I like knowing I can just open something on my laptop and search for that pesky problem I know I saw somewhere in there…
You can download the books in a nice variety of formats including epub and mobi, so you should never be lacking for some poolside or beach reading. Pictured is the download form for the deployment guide:
Object SharePoint_Config failed in event OnBackup. For more information, see the spbackup.log or sprestore.log file located in the backup directory.
SqlException: Cannot open backup device ….. Operating system error 5(Access is denied.).
BACKUP DATABASE is terminating abnormally.
(Between the word “device” and “Operating” was the path to my backup folder and the actual backup file. I left those out of the message above so that those searching for the error message can find it).
Every time I set up SharePoint backup on a new SharePoint server, I always create a backup folder and share it, then give permissions to the SharePoint account that is used to run the backup from Central Admin, but I always forget one thing. So just in case you forgot it too, or for next time I forget it, here it is: The SQL Server service account must also have read/write control permissions to the backup share. Remember, it’s also a SQL database backup, so the SQL Server service account is trying to write to this folder. For more information, check out this Technet article.
I get a lot of emails from vendors urging me to register for various upcoming SharePoint webinars, but much of the time those webinars are created to highlight the 3rd party vendor’s product that they believe will enhance my use of SharePoint. I’m sure many of those products and webinars are real treasures, but for the purposes of SharePoint training I’ll try to select webinars that will illustrate best practices for SharePoint itself. This post will start with just a couple of links for you, but I’ll continue to add to it as I find good sources.
Tech·Ed North America 2011 SharePoint sessions. What could be a better resource than SharePoint training sessions fresh from last week’s Tech·Ed North America?! Even if your company didn’t send you to Tech·Ed, you can benefit from these Microsoft experts without spending a penny. Just click to watch any video, no registration required.
The free section from SharePoint-Videos.com has a lot of pre-recorded webcasts that you can click to watch without having to register. Of course you will have links on the site you can click to subscribe in order to get their premium content, but there are plenty of free videos on a variety of SharePoint training topics, including comments.
This free Microsoft SharePoint video demo shows what the SharePoint 2010 Central Admin looks like. You can see how it has been enhanced since MOSS 2007 to make it easier for administrators to find what they need. You’ll need Silverlight to view this video.