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MS-202

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Microsoft 365 Messaging Administrator Certification Transition (beta)

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    Part of requirements for Microsoft 365 Certified: Messaging Administrator Associate

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Skills measured from MS-200: Planning and Configuring a Messaging Platform


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Manage Modern Messaging Infrastructure (20-25%)
  • Manage databases
    • May include but not limited to: Plan mailbox database requirements, create mailbox databases, configure mailbox databases, troubleshoot mailbox databases
  • Manage messaging infrastructure lifecycle
    • May include but not limited to: 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
    • May include but not limited to: 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
    • May include but not limited to: Manage archive mailboxes, manage resource mailboxes, manage groups, manage mailboxes, manage mailbox permissions, configure mailbox policies, manage shared mailboxes, evaluate license options

Skills measured from MS-201: Implementing a Hybrid and Secure Messaging Platform


This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

Do you have feedback about the relevance of the skills measured on this exam? Please send Microsoft your comments. All feedback will be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate while still maintaining the validity and reliability of the certification process. Note that Microsoft will not respond directly to your feedback. We appreciate your input in ensuring the quality of the Microsoft Certification program.

If you have concerns about specific questions on this exam, please submit an exam challenge.

If you have other questions or feedback about Microsoft Certification exams or about the certification program, registration, or promotions, please contact your Regional Service Center.

Plan and Implement a Hybrid Configuration and Migration (20-25%)
  • Plan a hybrid environment
    • May include but not limited to: Evaluate federation in hybrid coexistence, evaluate hybrid free/busy access, decide between Exchange Classic Hybrid and Exchange Modern Hybrid
  • Deploy a hybrid environment
    • May include but not limited to: 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
    • May include but not limited to: 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
    • May include but not limited to: 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
    • May include but not limited to: Configure retention policies, configure data loss prevention policies, review and analyze audit logs, manage journal rules, manage content search, manage litigation hold

Who should take this exam?

THIS EXAM IS INTENDED ONLY FOR THOSE CANDIDATES WHO HAVE TAKEN EXAM 70-345: DESIGNING AND DEPLOYING MICROSOFT EXCHANGE SERVER 2016. IF YOU HAVE NOT TAKEN EXAM 70-345, YOU WILL NOT EARN A CERTIFICATION BY TAKING THIS EXAM. THIS EXAM IS AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY AND IS SCHEDULED FOR RETIREMENT ON JUNE 30, 2019.

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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