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inspired by scott hanselmen's post about What Great .NET Developers Ought to Know, as well as the rush of interviews i've been conducting lately to fill sharepoint positions, i started compiling a list of questions for what a sharepoint consultant developer/architect (or fill in your own title) ought to know...here it is...

please comment on more questions -- this was my 30 second list that i'll be adding to.

What SharePoint consultants Ought to Know

Everyone who can spell SharePoint

  • what is SharePoint?
  • what is the difference between SharePoint Portal Server and Windows SharePoint Services?
  • what is a document library?
  • what is a meeting workspace?
  • what is a document workspace?
  • what is a web part?

Mid-level SharePoint Consultant

  • what is the difference between a document library and a form library?
  • what is a web part zone?
  • how is security managed in SharePoint?
  • how are web parts developed?
  • what is a site definition?
  • what is a template?
  • how do you install web parts?
  • what is the difference between a site and a web?
  • what are the differences between web part page gallery, site gallery, virtual server gallery and online gallery?
  • what is the GAC?
  • what is a DWP?
  • what is CAML?
  • what are themes?
  • what is presence?
  • can web parts be connected? if so, how?
  • what is a personal view and what is a shared view?
  • what is an STP file?
  • what is an FWP file?
  • can you upload MP3's to SharePoint?
  • how does SharePoint support MS Outlook integration?
  • how can you extend lists in SharePoint?
  • explain the document versioning in SharePoint document libraries

Senior SharePoint Consultant

  • where are web part resources contained?
  • what are the different installation methods for deploying web parts? and what are the pros/cons?
  • what is a ghosted/unghosted page?
  • how is site data stored?
  • where is metadata for a web stored?
  • what is an audience and describe the use?
  • what are the trust levels and what is the default trust associated with SharePoint?
  • what are the two logging mechanisms for usage statistics?
  • what functionality does owssup.dll provide for client side activities?
  • what is the difference between a site owner and a site administrator?
  • what is STSAdm and what can it be used for?
  • can WSS search subsites?
  • can you register alerts for users?
  • are PDFs searchable?

SharePoint Architect

  • what is a SharePoint farm?
  • describe a large deployment
  • how can you synchronize custom Active Directory attributes to SharePoint?
  • if it is anticipated that our organization would need to store 1 terrabyte of documents, what is the recommended configuration and storage requirement?
  • describe the implementation of SharePoint and Project Server
  • what are the BKMs for workflow and SharePoint?
  • explain how you would deploy SharePoint on an extranet
  • what is the BKM for maximum number of virtual servers configured for SharePoint on a single box?
  • what are the migration strategies for moving sites around?
  • what are the archiving strategies?
  • describe the search strategies
  • can you implement forms-based authentication with SharePoint?
  • describe how single sign-on works


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