New Sharepoint Installation

Hi team
     I have no experience with Sharepoint (Just a basic idea)

A client of mine is asking for sharepoint

Question is.
1) is it easy to manage (do i requie special skills and certification to manage basic Sharepoint)
2) i am a server administrator (Know my stuff well Server & xchange) but don't want myself to enter hot waters

i can install it get up and running and since haven't used it is ..

is there a lot of configuration required after the installation or users can manage them selves.

Please help me  make a decision...?
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Costas GeorgiouNetwork AdministratorAsked:
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Installation is simple if you know what your doing.  Personal opinion for me (same boat with knowledge base) I would get to know sharepoint before managing it.  I have seen sharepoint do 1 of 2 things.  Be your best friend if your careful or be your worst nightmare.
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Costas GeorgiouNetwork AdministratorAuthor Commented:
your last staement is what i am woried about...

i am installing a foundation 2010 on test server to get the feel of it
but the main thing is about understanding what i can do with the product

i dont want to look like an idiot when a user asks me how can i use a particular fature..

now that i look at the questions it looks like better to due a crash coure or may be self study on it..
what do you recomend..?
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
If you really want sharepoint, I would take a crash course to further understand all the benefits and follow best practice when installing and configuring it.  I know a few companies that have it and are struggling with it because they dont understand it.  In theory it has some great options but to be practical there is quite a the learning curve.

I would advise to learn about it so you can present it better and reveal more options and see if it will actually satisfy the customer.

Put it this way, a customer wants exchange and the reason they want it is because their buddy told them they can share calendars.  So they want it for that reason but don't understand the extra jazz it has (like security, activesync, outlook anywhere, and more etc.)

Sharepoint would be something that I would look at as "winging it"
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Costas GeorgiouNetwork AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the response Mate
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Sharepoint is immensely powerful but with this comes complexity. There are a lot of books and teaching aids available for it. Many websites use sharepoint as their back end and it is hard to tell that they are driven by sharepoint.. the same goes for joomla / wordpress and others.. If one has a microsoft account and you use outlook you can already share your calendar.
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
I recommend investing a little time and money in doing online course such as this ...
http://www.lynda.com/Office-365-tutorials/SharePoint-Online-Essential-Training/133335-2.html
If you find this course hard-going, I would sub-contract out the project and learn at the same time. Are you really prepared to invest a lot of study time for one customers.

Note 1) Some of the lynda movies are free .... i.e. you can view a few before you buy the lot

Note 2) This course only covers the basics ... lynda have more advanced sharepoint courses.
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Rainer JeschorCommented:
Hi,
first of all: which SharePoint version and which edition would you like to target?
The "free" SharePoint Foundation or the Server edition?
SharePoint 2010 or 2013?
What will be the different user "types":
- Internal (domain) user
- External user (e.g. contractors, supplier, customer) without domain accounts
- Internet / anonymous user
Depending on that there might be a huge impact in regards to licensing and security / environment configuration.

SharePoint in general looks "easy" and simple to install and maintain, but its NOT.
SharePoint touches a lot of different technologies starting with network, firewalls, DNS, Active Directory, ASP.NET, SQL Server, HTML, Javascript, WCF, Workflows ...
I would never ever recommend simply doing a SharePoint portal/intranet.
Start with a Proof of Concept and if you are not familiar with the possibilities, get someone in for a couple of days to demonstrate the features. In SharePoint things sometimes have to be done / managed in a different way than someone with web development experience would expect.
I have seen so many disappointed and unhappy clients/customers just because the initial setup and configuration has not been done the right way.

And SharePoint is easy in installation, but then there is the initial configuration and that can be a mess (if not properly planned).

The main question always is: what is the business need beyond the decision to use SharePoint. There are many out-of-the-box features but you have to use them wisely.

I might write another 20 pages but that would go much to far.

Just my 2ct
Rainer
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