Exam MS-202: Microsoft 365 Messaging Administrator Certification Transition (beta)

Retires: September 30, 2019

This exam is intended only for candidates who have taken Exam 70-345: Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016. If you have not taken Exam 345, you will not earn a certification by taking... this exam.

Candidates for this exam are Messaging Administrators who deploy, configure, manage, troubleshoot, and monitor recipients, permissions, mail protection, mail flow, and public folders in both on-premises and cloud enterprise environments.

Messaging Administrators are responsible for managing hygiene, messaging infrastructure, hybrid configuration, migration, disaster recovery, high availability, and client access.

Messaging Administrators collaborate with the Security Administrator and Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator to implement a secure hybrid topology that meets the business needs of a modern organization.

The Messaging Administrator should have a working knowledge of authentication types, licensing, and integration with M365 applications.


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Exam MS-202: Microsoft 365 Messaging Administrator Certification Transition

Retires September 30, 2019

Languages: English

This exam is intended only for candidates who have taken Exam 70-345: Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016. If you have not taken Exam 345, you will not earn a certification by taking this exam.

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Skills measured

From MS-200: Planning and Configuring a Messaging Platform

Manage modern messaging infrastructure (20-25%)

Manage databases

  • plan mailbox database requirements
  • create mailbox databases
  • configure mailbox databases
  • troubleshoot mailbox databases

Manage messaging infrastructure lifecycle

  • plan Exchange server installation
  • prepare Active Directory (AD) for Exchange
  • install and update Exchange services

Manage mail flow topology (5-10%)

Plan the transport pipeline

  • plan transport architecture
  • design for multi-site mail flow
  • plan a high availability mail flow solution

Manage recipients and devices (10-15%)

Manage recipient resources

  • manage archive mailboxes
  • manage resource mailboxes
  • manage groups
  • manage mailboxes
  • manage mailbox permissions
  • configure mailbox policies
  • manage shared mailboxes
  • evaluate license options

From MS-201: Implementing a Hybrid and Secure Messaging Platform

Plan and implement a hybrid configuration and migration (20-25%)

Plan a hybrid environment

  • evaluate federation in hybrid coexistence
  • evaluate hybrid free/busy access
  • decide between Exchange Classic Hybrid and Exchange Modern Hybrid

Deploy a hybrid environment

  • deploy and verify OAuth for a hybrid deployment
  • install and configure Edge server role
  • configure hybrid mail flow
  • configure federation in hybrid coexistence
  • configure Organization Configuration Transfer (OCT)
  • deploy the Exchange Hybrid Agent to one or more Exchange servers
  • implement advanced hybrid functionality, including On-premises, OneDrive access, and Outlook for iOS

Secure the messaging environment (35-40%)

Manage message hygiene

  • plan for message hygiene
  • manage connection filters
  • configure malware filters
  • configure spam filters
  • monitor action center
  • monitor quarantined items
  • manage protection for phishing
  • plan and configure Spam Confidence Levels (SCL)

Manage Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for messaging

  • configure and manage ATP safe attachments
  • configure and manage ATP safe links
  • configure and manage ATP anti-phishing
  • manage ATP anti-spam
  • monitor Threat Protection status

Manage compliance

  • configure retention policies
  • configure data loss prevention policies
  • review and analyze audit logs
  • manage journal rules
  • manage content search
  • manage litigation hold

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Microsoft 365 Certified: Messaging Administrator Associate

Microsoft 365 Messaging Administrators deploy, configure, manage, and monitor messaging infrastructure, permissions, client access, mail protection, and mail flow in both on-premises, hybrid, and cloud enterprise environments.

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