New book! MS-101 Exam Study Guide Announcement

Earlier this year, in January 2019, I wrote an MS-100 and MS-101 exams study guide blog post linking to resources to help people prep for both exams. MS-101 in particular seemed to have less available for it, and I jumped at the opportunity to change that. I’m pleased today to be able to add my own, new exam prep book to the listing.

My exam prep guide for MS-101: Microsoft 365 Mobility & Security covers every single objective in the exam description and offers mock questions to help check and solidify learning along the way. Passing MS-101 is a step toward becoming an M365 Certified Enterprise Administrator Expert.

You can currently pre-order my guide on Amazon or directly through my publisher, Packt.

Test for basic competence in planning, deploying, and managing Microsoft 365 services with MS-101: Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security exam guide

Key Features

  • Learn everything from mobile device management and compliance to data governance and auditing
  • Get up and running with managing device compliance, Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), Azure Information Protection (AIP), and more
  • A practical guide filled with exam objective focused practice exercises and mock tests

Book Description

Written in a clear, succinct way with self-assessment questions, exam tips and mock exams with detailed answer explanations, this book covers common tasks in mobile device management (MDM) and device compliance, security reporting and alerts, threat detection and management, data loss prevention (DLP) and data governance, auditing and eDiscovery, and Azure information protection (AIP).

You’ll learn how to properly plan for, deploy, and manage Microsoft 365 services such as MDM and DLP. You’ll discover best practices in properly configuring settings across your tenant to ensure compliance and security.

By the end of this book, you’ll have covered everything you need to pass the MS-101 exam and have a handy, on-the-job desktop reference guide.

What you will learn

  • Implement modern device services
  • Implement Microsoft 365 security and threat management
  • Manage Microsoft 365 governance and compliance
  • Plan for, deploy, and then manage Microsoft 365 services such as MDM and DLP
  • Learn the best practices in properly configuring settings
  • Pass the exam using the self-assessment questions, exam tips and mock exams in the book

Who This Book Is For

This book is ideal for professionals seeking the M365 Enterprise Administrator Expert certification. Audience will have already taken or plan to take MS-100 as well, and have experience or interest in administering the entirety of a Microsoft 365 tenant and its services.

MS-100 & MS-101 Exam Study Guides

Update 10/14/2019: My MS-101 exam guide is now available for pre-order. Also, the courses previously listed below are no longer available and have been removed.

If you’re pursuing the M365 Enterprise Administrator Expert certification, you’ll need to pass MS-100 and MS-101, as well as a prerequisite certification (see link for more info). The following study materials will help with preparing for these two exams.

Also, if you haven’t heard, the current MCSA exams 70-346 & 70-347 have retired so the exams below may very well be part of your new path:

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My exam guide covers every MS-101 exam objective, helping you prepare for taking and passing the MS-101 exam. Includes:

  • Self-assessment example questions at the end of each chapter
  • Further reading recommendations for each objective
  • Exam tips throughout
  • Two 20-question mock exams with detailed answer explanations

Other exam prep books

Order the MS-100 exam prep book (release date May 6, 2019)

Order the MS-101 exam prep book (release date June 27, 2019)


  • Check LinkedIn Learning for MS-100 and MS-101 topics. You may have better luck searching for specific exam objectives than exam names.
  • Check Microsoft Learn for specific exam objectives.

Note: Previous OpenEdX courses have been archived and are not open for enrollment as of this post’s last update. If you had previously enrolled, you may review the archived course content by logging in.

Other blogs and pages

Ignite overview video

From Ignite 2018: Microsoft 365 Enterprise Admin role-based exam prep: MS-100 Identity & Services – BRK3385

Ready to take the exams?

  1. Buy exam voucher + replay (extra try if needed) on MindHub
  2. Schedule an exam:

MCSA: O365 certification & 70-346/70-347 exams retired; replaced by role-based M365: Enterprise Administrator Expert certification & MS-100/MS-101 exams

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.

“This exam retires on March 31, 2019. A replacement exam may be available. To learn more, visit our blog: and review our Exam Retirement posts.”

New Exams

The retirement post last updated Dec 21, 2018, lists the two exams as follows, being replaced with role-based MS-100 and MS-101.


Retired Certifications

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:

What if I already have my MCSA?

  • 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