70-339 Study Guide: Managing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016

The 70-339 : Managing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 exam is the one and only SharePoint 2016 exam required to get your Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) Productivity Certification. As someone who got his MCSE Productivity certification by passing exam 70-339, this 70-339 study guide was creaed to help you find materials to study, and ace the exam. I will share both free and paid options, whether books, video training or simply links to articles and blog posts. I will not share any dumps as those are against the Microsoft Terms of Service, and by using dumps, we decrease the value of our certifications.

70-339 Study Guide

Certification Path

Books that covers the exam

70-339 Study Guide

Deploying SharePoint 2016: Best Practices for Installing, Configuring, and Maintaining SharePoint Server 2016
Learn how to install, configure, and maintain the latest release of Microsoft’s popular SharePoint Server, SharePoint 2016. This latest version brings with it many changes for IT professionals. With this book, you will learn how to create an efficient and stable SharePoint environment for your organization.Deploying SharePoint 2016 will help you:

  • Learn the steps to install SharePoint Server 2016, using both the user interface provided by Microsoft, and PowerShell
  • Understand your authentication options and associated security considerations
  • Deploy add-ins, either from the store, or from your own custom app catalog
  • Configure Search Service Application using either the provided user interface (UI) or PowerShell
  • Configure business intelligence service applications such as SSRS, PowerPivot, and Performance Point
  • Learn the steps to migrate to SharePoint Server 2016 from either SharePoint Server 2010 or 2013
  • Understand the approaches to high availability, disaster recovery, patching, and ways to monitor and maintain your SharePoint 2016 deployment once it’s up and running


70-339 Study Guide

Exam Ref 70-339 Managing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016
Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-339–and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of planning, configuring, and managing Microsoft SharePoint 2016 core technologies in datacenters, in the cloud, and in hybrid environments. Designed for experienced IT pros ready to advance their status, this Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSE level.Links:

The Ultimate SharePoint Performance Guide! 

This is an ultimate guidance on performance for SharePoint Server 2013, 2016 and SharePoint Online inspired both by Microsoft’s best practices and real life experiences from countless deployments on the field.This book was Tech Reviewed by Microsoft MVP & RD Jussi Roine and includes an awesome foreword by SharePoint MVP Christian Buckley



Video Training for the exam

NOTE: Pluralsight is a paid resource unlike Channel9 and Microsoft Virtual Academy which are free. The quality they provide is also superior because of all the quality checks they go through, and the instructors are one of the best in the industry. The Pluralsight courses have a link to where you can get a free trial and decide for yourself if paying a subscription or not is worth it, but the 10-day free trial should allow you to view all those courses for free.

Planning for SharePoint Server 2016: Physical Topology and Services
SharePoint Server 2016 brings a lot of changes to the Infrastructure Architecture, with new features such as MinRole and Microsoft Identity Manager. You’ll learn how to plan your SharePoint 2016 Infrastructure to answer your business needs.

Planning for SharePoint Server 2016: Logical Architecture and Integrations
This course will teach you how to plan your SharePoint 2016 logical architecture, SharePoint farm security, and how to plan for integration with Exchange Server 2016 and Project Server 2016.

On-premises Installation of SharePoint 2016
SharePoint 2016 has a lot of great new features. This course gives you the knowledge and skills to get a SharePoint 2016 farm up and running in an on-premises environment so you can start using all the new features of SharePoint 2106 without delay.

Implementing a Hybrid SharePoint 2013/2016 Infrastructure
SharePoint hybrid infrastructures are gaining popularity, so SharePoint IT professionals need to prepare. You’ll learn how to configure a hybrid infrastructure in either SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint 2016 to allow your users to be more productive.

Installing and Configuring Office Online Server
Office Online Server is an Office server product that delivers browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. In this course, you will learn how to install and configure Office Online Server in your organization.

Provision and Configure Web Applications in SharePoint 2016
Web Applications are a core part of every SharePoint Server implementation. In this course, you’ll learn everything that you need to know in order to be create Web Applications in your SharePoint 2016 environment.

  Upgrading Your Farm to SharePoint 2016
Are you preparing to upgrade to SharePoint 2016? This course will teach you how to approach the project, evaluate your current state, and successfully upgrade from SharePoint 2013 to SharePoint 2016.

What’s new in SharePoint 2016 for IT Pros
Start the New Year off right! Join Vlad Catrinescu, Microsoft MVP and president of vNext Solutions, as he helps you prepare for the coming release of SharePoint 2016. This latest version of SharePoint comes with a plethora of new features and promises greater stability and true hybrid readiness. As an IT Professional, you need to know what SharePoint 2016 has in it and how it will impact your SharePoint implementation.

Instructor-led training (Microsoft Official Courses)

Course 20339-1A: Planning and Administering SharePoint 2016 (5 Days)
This five-day course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to plan and administer a Microsoft SharePoint 2016 environment. The course teaches you how to deploy, administer, and troubleshoot your SharePoint environment. This course also provides guidelines, best practices, and considerations that help you optimize your SharePoint deployment.This is the first in a sequence of two courses for IT professionals and is aligned with the SharePoint 2016 IT Pro certification.

Course 20339-2A: Advanced Technologies of SharePoint 2016 (5 Days)
This five-day course will teach you how to plan, configure, and manage the advanced features in a SharePoint 2016 environment. The special areas of focus for this course include implementing high availability, disaster recovery, service application architecture, and Microsoft Business Connectivity Services. This course also focuses on social computing features, productivity, and collaboration platforms and features. Students also will learn about business intelligence solutions, Enterprise Content Management, web content management infrastructure, solutions, and apps. This course also covers how to develop and implement a governance plan, and how to perform an upgrade or a migration to SharePoint 2016.This is the second in a sequence of two courses for IT Professionals and is aligned with the SharePoint 2016 IT Pro certification.

Articles / Blog Posts per objective

Design SharePoint infrastructure (15–20%)

Plan authentication and security (15–20%)

Plan workload optimization (15–20%)

Plan productivity solutions (15–20%)

Manage search capabilities (10–15%)

  • Create and configure Enterprise search
    • Plan and configure a search topology, plan and configure content sources, plan and configure crawl schedules, plan and configure crawl rules, plan and configure crawl performance, plan and configure security trimming, choose and configure hybrid search
      1. Administer search in SharePoint Server 2016 [TechNet]
  • Create and configure a Managed Metadata Service (MMS) application
    • Configure proxy settings for managed service applications, configure content type hub settings, configure sharing term sets, plan and configure content type propagation schedules, configure custom properties, configure term store permissions, configure managed metadata service (MMS) imports
      1. Configure the Managed Metadata service [TechNet]
  • Manage search
    • Manage result sources; manage query rules; manage display templates; manage Search Engine Optimization (SEO) settings; manage result types; manage a search schema; manage federated search, including integration with Delve and Office Graph
      1. Administer search in SharePoint Server 2016 [TechNet]
  • Manage taxonomy
    • Manage site collection term set access, manage term set navigation, manage topic catalog pages, configure custom properties, configure search refinement, configure list refinement
  • Plan and configure a search workload
    • Plan and configure search result relevancy, plan and configure index freshness, plan and configure result sources, plan and configure the end-user experience, plan and configure a search schema, analyze search analytics reports
      1. Administer search in SharePoint Server 2016 [TechNet]

Plan and configure cloud services (5–10%)

  • Plan and configure a BI infrastructure
  • Create and configure work management
    • Configure a connection to Exchange, activate and configure a connection to Microsoft Project Server 2016, manage trusts, plan Exchange configuration for E-Discovery
      1. Install and configure Project Server 2016
  • Plan and configure cloud and federated hybrid search
    • Plan and configure on-premises and Office 365 search and encrypted metadata when content is transferred to the search index in Office 365, configure user specific queries and inbound/outbound or bi-directional hybrid topologies
      1. Implementing a Hybrid SharePoint 2013/2016 Infrastructure [Pluralsight]

Monitor and optimize a SharePoint environment (10–15%)

Additional Tips

I think the best thing that you can do after reading this, or even meanwhile, is to prepare some Virtual Machines either on your computer, or in Azure, and try to install SharePoint Server 2016, and play with those features, follow the tutorials and you shouldn’t have any problems with the exam!

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