I was recently invited to speak at the SharePoint User Group of DC and shared some prep tips and exam prep book writing experience with attendees. Most of the session was advice, practice questions, and resources for the MS-700 Teams Administrator certification exam. The last 10 minutes or so, I discuss co-authoring the MS-700 exam prep book with my co-author and friend Peter Rising.
Scott Brewster, one of the group’s leaders, kindly recorded and posted the session to YouTube so you can watch the recording below.
This summer, Microsoft announced changes to the MS-500 exam objectives. Below you’ll find the updated listing for June 2020 and beyond with links to relevant documentation. The best way to use this study guide is to find the topics you’re least familiar with and focus on those. In any remaining time, you can always review those you’re familiar with to make sure nothing has changed significantly.
As stated on the MS-500 exam page, potential candidates for the MS-500 exam implement, manage and monitor security and compliance solutions for Microsoft 365 and hybrid environments. Professionals familiar with the content of the exam are well-positioned to secure their Microsoft 365 environments by responding to threats, performing investigations, enforcing data governance, and collaborating with other enterprise professionals on security and compliance topics.
If you’ve been studying for 70-346 and 70-347 to get your MCSA, there’s no better time than right now to schedule those exams. As of March 31, 2019, they will both be retired. The exam page for each currently features the following notice.
Along with the 32 exams slated for retirement, they’re retiring a number of certifications as well, replaced with role-based certifications.
If you’ve already gotten your MCSA: O365, don’t worry – it’s still active after retired.
“This certification retires on March 31, 2019. You will no longer be able to earn this certification after this date. If you earn it prior to that date, it will remain in the Active Certifications section of your transcript after that date.”
What should I do now?
This info-graphic illustrates the various paths available:
You can still prepare for and get your MCSA: O365 by passing both exams by March 31. This study guide should help.
Unfortunately, if you’ve already gotten your MCSA: Office 365, there is no transition exam. If you want to new certification you’ll need to start anew and take MS-100/MS-101 since the new certification is “expert” level as opposed to your current “associate” level.
You could also consider upgrading your MCSA to the existing MCSE: Productivity certification instead of pursuing the new M365 Expert certification
Having just passed both 70-346 and 70-347, I know how hard it can be to find helpful and relevant resources to help you prepare for the exams. I’ve compiled resources below I used to help me prepare and I hope they help you with your own studying. I’ve included nothing more or less than I used myself. The most important piece for me was the Lynda.com courses – I wouldn’t have passed without them. Good luck!
Be willing to learn and memorize some fundamental PowerShell for O365 apps. Both exams require knowing some cmdlets and structure. These are all useful and covered in the exams (from docs.microsoft.com):
Whenever a user or administrator has options (licenses, migration methods, deactivating certain features, adding different roles/permissions, etc.) learn each of them and when they’re applicable
There are sometimes multiple correct solutions, but it’s a matter of understanding which have the least amount of administrative overhead or are most appropriate in different environments under different requirements (for example, if you’re not allowed to connect to the internet, how would you migrate exchange to O365?)
I failed and regretted not buying the “replay” option. I didn’t make that mistake twice. When you schedule your exam, I’d highlyrecommend doing so with a replay option so you get an included retake at a lower price than two exams individually. You could, alternatively, purchase a practice exam which should also give you a good idea of what to expect.
Get to know allthe admin centers (Skype, Teams, StaffHub, SharePoint, etc.), their settings and how they allow or disallow external access
Use the exam pages to guide your studying, particularly in areas you’re uncomfortable with:
70-346 Skills Measured
70-347 Skills Measured
These are taken directly from the exam info pages. Clicking a link will take you to the respective section of the page to see specific sub-topics covered under each skill section. I’ve also included the “Preparation resources” provided by Microsoft under each respective section: