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Exam 70-542: Study recommendations (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 – Application Development)

UPDATE: In comments, someone posted this link:  It looks good to me too.

I passed the MOSS technical exam today, entitled "Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 – Application Development".  I found the exam to be pretty rigorous and that it matched up quite well with Microsoft’s preparation guide.

I’ve been working with MOSS on a daily basis and nothing beats actual hands-on experience for all of these exams.

That said, I took note of what I was studying as I studied.  I believe that all of these resources are helpful, particularly as a means of reinforcing that hands-on experience.




Excel Services


No special recommendation.  I had taken a class on search earlier this year and real-world experience carried me through.  Work with the "search center" component of MOSS.




Content Mgmt


Hands-on working with KPI’s in MOSS.


Info mgmt


Records mgmt


Many of those links led to more links and I tended to follow them up to about 3 levels deep.

I wouldn’t say that everything I read directly applied to the exam, but I don’t regret reading any of it and even if some bits were not directly relevant. It’s all good stuff to know and I strongly recommend the material for all aspiring well-rounded MOSS developers.


9 responses to “Exam 70-542: Study recommendations (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 – Application Development)

  1. deenesh November 14, 2007 at 12:09 am

    HI Paul,
    I am planning to write this exam…
    Do you think preparing the above topics are enough.
    Also do you have any other material for this exam.
    Let me know

  2. phani February 8, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Hi Paul
       This is phani kumar from India… Iam planning to write this exam but the book cost seems to be very high for me
    and thanks for proving valuble information with links… can you guide me to complte this exam and could you please send the
    related e-books and Exam Stuff that needs to pass the exam… please do the needful
    My mail ID is and please send the meterial and stuff on your leisure time
    Waiting for your premise reply
    Thanks in Advance

  3. Suman February 24, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Hi Paul.
    This is Suman from India…I m Planning to write the MCTS 70-542 exam i have already started the preparation by refering the above MSDN links, this links are very helpful for me.
    I know the book Inside Office Sharepoint by Microsoft press but this book is not available here.
    Could you send me the good E-Books or other any resources for this exam.
    My mailid is

  4. Lakshmi June 4, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Hi Pual,
    I am planning to write MCTS 70-542. Can you please give me reference to e-books or other resources that I will be useful for my preparation.

    My email-id is
    Any help would be highly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance

  5. Saad July 14, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Hi,how long does it took you in the preparation for this test. Please provide links to some other useful stuff that you had used.

  6. Unknown September 9, 2008 at 11:07 am

    There is a pretty good study guide, which reflects the links above and a few more here:

  7. Paul March 18, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Saad Alam, sorry I never responded to this. I think I spent two full weekends preparing. However, I also had many months hands on experience and that was also critical.

  8. Quigleys Limousine June 15, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Hi Paul,I really need your help. I am preparing for the 70-542 exam, however I only have MS Vista Home Premium (32) on my PC. I badly need to install Sharepoint so that I could have some hands-on experience. Is there a way for me to install Sharepoint on this OS? Thank u very much in advance.

  9. Paul June 16, 2009 at 6:54 am

    You can download demonstration versions of sharepoint that are on complete virtual machines. There are on the microsoft web somewhere. That will give you an environment you can use for studying.

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