MS-100 & MS-101 Exam Study Guides

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:

Free Courses

These courses are free, official, and simple to enroll in with your Microsoft account.

MS-100: Microsoft 365 Identity and Services

  • MS-100.1 Office 365 Management
    • Introducing Office 365
    • Moving an organization to Office 365
    • Configuring your Office 365 Tenant
    • Configuring Office Client Connectivity to Office 365
    • Managing user-driven and centralized Office 365 ProPlus deployments
    • Configuring Office Telemetry
    • Configuring Microsoft Analytics
  • MS-100.2 Microsoft 365 Tenant and Service Management
    • Plan a Microsoft 365 on-premises infrastructure
    • Plan an identity and authentication solution
    • Plan and configure your Microsoft 365 experience
    • Leverage Microsoft’s FastTrack and partner services
    • Implement domain services
    • Configure Microsoft 365 tenant roles
    • Manage Microsoft 365 tenant health and services
  • MS-100.3 Microsoft 365 Identity Management
    • Manage user accounts and licenses in Microsoft 365
    • Manage admin roles and security groups in Microsoft 365
    • Plan and implement password management
    • Manage Microsoft 365 authentication and provisioning options
    • Plan for directory synchronization
    • Plan and implement Azure AD Connect
    • Manage synchronized identities
    • Plan and implement an ADFS deployment
    • Implement applications in Azure AD
    • Configure Azure AD Application Proxy
    • Design solutions for external access
    • Manage their Microsoft 365 tenant health and services

MS-101: Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security

  • MS-101.1 Microsoft 365 Security Management
    • Manage Security Metrics
    • Implement security solutions in Microsoft 365
    • Plan and configure Azure AD identity protection
    • Implement Microsoft Secure Score
    • Implement Exchange Online Protection
    • Implement Advanced Threat Protection
    • Manage Safe Attachments and Safe Links
    • Implement Microsoft 365 Threat Intelligence
    • Use the Microsoft 365 Security Dashboard
    • Configure Advanced Threat Analytics
    • Implement cloud application security
  • MS-101.2 Microsoft 365 Compliance Management
    • How to create and configure user, group, and computer accounts
    • How to implement Group Policy Objects to enforce standard
    • Understand Data Governance in Microsoft 365, including:
      • Archiving
      • Retention
      • Information Rights Management
      • Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension (S/MIME)
      • Office 365 Message Encryption
      • Data Loss Prevention
    • Implement In-Place Records Management in SharePoint
    • Implement archiving and retention in Exchange
    • Create retention policies in the Security and Compliance Center
    • Plan their security and compliance needs
    • Build ethical walls in Exchange Online
    • Create a DLP Policy from a built-in template
    • Create a custom DLP policy
    • Create a DLP policy to protect documents
    • Implement policy tips
    • Manage retention in email
    • Troubleshoot data governance
    • Implement information protection
    • Implement Advanced Implementation Protection
    • Understand Windows Information Protections
    • Search for content in the Security and Compliance Center
    • Audit log investigations
    • Manage advanced eDiscovery
  • MS-101.3 Microsoft 365 Device ManagementPlan your organization for Co-management
    • Prepare your Windows 10 devices for Co-management
    • Transition from Configuration Manager to Intune
    • Configure Microsoft Store for Business
    • Plan for Mobile Application Management
    • Plan your Windows 10 deployment strategy
    • Plan your Windows 10 subscription activation strategy
    • Resolve Windows 10 upgrade errors
    • Implement Windows 10 Analytics
    • Deploy Mobile Device Management
    • Manage devices with Mobile Device Management
    • Enroll devices to Mobile Device Management
    • Manage device compliance

Pre-order exam prep books

Pre-order the MS-100 exam prep book (release date May 6)

Pre-order the MS-101 exam prep book (release date June 27)

Ignite overview video

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

This Certification Exam Prep session is designed for people experienced with Microsoft 365 who are interested in certification. Specifically, attendees will learn more about the recently announced Microsoft 365 Identity and Services MS-100 exam that is part of the new Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator certification. You will learn about how to approach studying for this new job role, and being successful in your exam endeavors. Attendees of this session can expect to review the topics covered in the certification exams in a fast-paced format, as well as receive some valuable test taking techniques. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how Microsoft certification works, what are the key topics covered in the exams, and an exhaustive look at resources for getting ready for the exam. The session is led by a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), experienced in delivering sessions on these topics.

Other Resources

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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

MCSA: Office 365 Study Guide for Exams 70-346 & 70-347

Note: The MCSA: O365 Certification and exams 70-346 & 70-347 are being retired March 31, 2019. Learn more about what to expect here.

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 courses – I wouldn’t have passed without them. Good luck!

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Prep Tips from Nate

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:
Provision Office 365 (15–20%)Plan and implement networking and security in Office 365 (15–20%)

Manage cloud identities (15–20%)

Implement and Manage Identities by Using Azure AD Connect (15–20%)

Implement and manage federated identities for single sign-on (SSO) (15–20%)

Monitor and troubleshoot Office 365 availability and usage (15–20%)

Manage clients and end-user devices (20–25%)

Provision SharePoint Online site collections (20–25%)

Configure Exchange Online and Skype for Business Online for end users (20–25%)

Plan for Exchange Online and Skype for Business Online (20–25%)

Configure and secure Office 365 services (20–25%)