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Hi ,

I am looking for good information on basic understanding of MOSS 2007 concepts.
Also useful links, articles, tools (MS  or 3rd party) for MOSS 2007 to 2010 migration.

Thx in advance.
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Greetings, ex_ad!

A few good sites to go to, other than the loads of Microsoft articles, are the following:

http://www.endusersharepoint.com/ - Great info on many topics within SharePoint for normal and end users alike

https://www.nothingbutsharepoint.com/sites/eusp/Pages/default.aspx - I believe endusersharepoint.com moved/merged with this site.  Many great authors up there, and many have personal blogs that you can link to.

http://sppowershell.com/ - PowerShell for SharePoint, need I say more?  Great starting spot!

http://blog.falchionconsulting.com - Gary LaPointe's blog.  This man single-handedly saved my bum on more than one occasion, with his articles and custom STSADM (for MOSS 2007) and PowerShell (SP 2010) extensions!  They were EXTREMELY useful for migrating sites in preparation for our SharePoint 2010 upgrade here at work.

http://www.toddklindt.com/blog/default.aspx - Todd Klindt's SharePoint Admin Blog!  He also does podcasts about various issues that he's encountered.  Needless to say, his site has been a great help!

http://www.sharepoint911.com/blogs/laura/default.aspx - Laura Rogers has an excellent blog, with mostly power user / administrative / design type stuff up there.  Her site has been a great help as well.

http://www.harbar.net/ - Goes into some pretty technical and in-depth stuff here, but definitely a great site.

http://sharepointnoob.wordpress.com/ - The SharePoint Expert's Blog For Noobs is an excellent choice for some basic understanding of SharePoint concepts and problems you might see "in the field".

Other great places to read up on would be:

http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/en-us/Pages/default.aspx - Click the "Resources" tab at the top...has great stuff to read

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/sharepointserver/default  - Technet for SharePoint 2007



Many of the sites up there have information on migration, specifically that of Todd Klindt.  
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Sorry, submitted too early.  As I was saying, each of those sites has tons of useful information on a variety of matters dealing with SharePoint.  Realize, though, that as forerunners in this industry, many of them have moved on to SharePoint 2010.  However, they still have many articles on SharePoint 2007, and some even still post about 2007 occasionally.  

I had no "formal training" with SharePoint.  I basically sat down, and read through the resources on the Microsoft site (2nd link from the bottom) - back on SharePoint 2003.  I didn't get it very much then as it was more compliated, but I was a "power user" as a site admin so it wasn't so bad.  

The best thing I can say is to create yourself a site collection (which will give you a top site within it), and play around.  Create various types of lists and document libraries.  Play around with the settings for each (web parts on the page).  Once you're comfortable with that, make another site, but try a different template.  Play with the features that come there.

Don't be afraid to do something if it's in a test environment!  Which, brings me to the next part...

>>> THE KEYS TO THE CITY <<<
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=751fa0d1-356c-4002-9c60-d539896c66ce&displaylang=en

This is a fully operation version of SharePoint to play with.  I used it and learned a ton, enough for me to go through and successfully score a 950/1000 on my MCTS: SharePoint 2010 Configuration test last December.

I suggest you get the "a" version, as it comes with much more software (the Office line) installed:
Virtual machine “a” contains the following pre-configured software:

   1. Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Evaluation Edition x64, running as an Active Directory Domain Controller for the “CONTOSO.COM” domain with DNS and WINS
   2. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition with Analysis, Notification, and Reporting Services
   3. Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2
   4. Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
   5. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition
   6. Microsoft Office Web Applications
   7. Microsoft FAST Search for SharePoint 2010
   8. Microsoft Project Server 2010
   9. Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010
  10. Microsoft Visio 2010
  11. Microsoft Project 2010
  12. Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2
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