SharePoint Book Reviews: Beginning SharePoint 2010 Administration

Following the success of our review of the best book titles for photographic digital asset management, our book review season continues this month with books dedicated to SharePoint 2010. In this review, we look at books for absolute SharePoint 2010 beginners – no experience required.

The literature available for anyone who wants to start to learn SharePoint is plentiful, but which books will give you the best overview and which should you avoid? By default, many of us reach for the ‘For Dummies’ series – but are there other alternative reads that will provide all the basic information and more? Here’s our pick of some popular titles with additional reader reviews:

Beginning SharePoint 2010 Administration: Windows SharePoint Foundation 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (Wrox Beginning Guides) by Göran Husman

Written by a four time SharePoint MVP, the book provides a solid overview into the differences and features of 2010 compared to previous versions, and instructs readers on how to get up to speed with the fundamentals such as installation, build, office integration, content management and administration. The book assumes no previous experience and is suitable for several different audiences; from consultants and IT professionals, to administrators and support teams. [Read More]

Reader Review
This book nicely splits out Foundation from SharePoint 2010 which really helps when you are trying to learn both or either. It’s easy to read and speaks in plain English unlike some of the Microsoft Press books I have seen in the past. It contains plenty of exercises to try out and is generally is a good all rounder. Besides technical, it also gets the concept of how you should implement SharePoint 2010 in phases, which goes hand in hand of how you would also sell it into a business. I’m still in the first chapter although I’ve dived around a bit and so far I am very pleased that I bought this. I look forward to picking it up knowing that it won’t be preceded with a huge sigh.” [Read More]

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