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

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-201: Implementing a Hybrid and Secure Messaging Platform

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This exam measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks: plan and implement a hybrid configuration and migration; secure the messaging environment; and manage organizational settings.

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Skills measured

Plan and implement a hybrid configuration and migration (35-40%)

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

Plan and implement migration

  • manage mailbox migration request batches
  • troubleshoot mailbox migration
  • evaluate migration types
  • configure migration endpoints in Microsoft 365

Manage public folders

  • troubleshoot public folder coexistence
  • move content between public folder mailboxes
  • create additional public folder mailboxes
  • implement public folder Top Level Hierarchy (TLH)
  • implement mail-enabled public folders
  • plan and configure public folders
  • plan a public folder migration to Microsoft 365

Secure the messaging environment (40-45%)

Manage role-based permissions

  • manage role groups
  • assign user accounts to admin roles
  • manage user roles
  • manage a delegated Role-based Access Control (RBAC) setup
  • plan RBAC roles for eDiscovery

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

Manage organizational settings (15-20%)

Configure organizational settings

  • configure sharing
  • configure workload management
  • manage email address policies

Plan address lists

  • manage Global Address List (GAL)
  • manage Offline Address Book (OAB)
  • manage address book policies

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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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