Every SharePoint undertaking will at one point face the following questions: how long will it take, how much will it cost to implement, and how will we use it?
Installation, Removal, Configuration, and Operation
This section deals with best practices regarding the following questions: How to install SharePoint? How to configure it? How to keep it operating? All best practices are targeted towards the IT Pro.
Deployment of software artifacts is important. This section discusses best practices.
It's very common that SharePoint farms use virtualization techniques. This section is dedicated to best practices concerning virtualization.
This section provides an overview of planning and design considerations for SharePoint Extranet Environments.
This section discusses best practices regarding SharePoint 2012 farm topologies.
Books remain the most important resource for learning a new topic. Here's a suggestion of the best SharePoint 2012 books out there.
What to put in your bag of tools?
Some important no cost platform extensions can be sourced for free on CodePlex.