Microsoft Office 365 Certification

On 2012-04-12, in Exchange 2010, by Mattias Jönsson

Office 365 is familiar Microsoft Office collaboration and productivity tools delivered through the cloud. Everyone can work together easily with anywhere access to email, web conferencing, documents, and calendars. It includes business-class security and is backed by Microsoft. Whether you are a small business or multinational enterprise, Office 365 offers plans designed to fit your organization’s unique needs.

MCTS for Office 365 – 70-323

Tasks that candidates would typically perform include:
  • Supporting hybrid environments
  • Provisioning
  • Managing users
  • Managing service features
  • Recovery
  • Troubleshooting user and enterprise connectivity issues
  • Managing licenses

MCITP for Office 365 – 70-321

Audience Profile

Candidates for this exam are consultants and IT professionals who plan and implement Office 365. This includes migrations to Office 365 (simple and hybrid deployments).

Required exam

Microsoft IT Professional certification Prerequisite MCTS certification Exam
MCTS: Administering Office 365 Exam 70-323 (available March 2012)
MCITP: Office 365 Administrator Exam 70-323 MCTS: Administering Office 365 (available March 2012) Exam 70-321 Pro: Deploying Office 365 (available March 2012)
Free eBook: Microsoft Office 365

Free eBook: Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime

We are very excited to announce that we are able to offer Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime (ISBN 9780735656949), by Katherine Murray, as a free eBook.

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Like Microsoft’s own courses, the boot camp is focused on teaching you the core basics you need to set up and administer Exchange 2010 – it isn’t aimed at some of the more complex scenarios like multi-site DAG failover design, but then again the equivalent Microsoft courses don’t either, and they cost a lot of money to attend. But what this does cover is topics such as:

  • How to build your training lab
  • Setup of Windows and Active Directory
  • Installing Exchange Server 2010
  • Configuring Exchange roles including Mailbox, Client Access and Hub Transport
  • Management of recipients, including Mailboxes, Contacts and Distribution Groups
  • Backup and recovery of Exchange

The topics are split up into four modules, and each module is split up into a number of different videos that are easy to digest – for example the Recipient Management module is split up into 6 videos of around 10 minutes or under.

To sign up for Paul’s free training, visit After a quick sign up process all the training is available on-demand.. Enjoy!

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Microsoft announced this week that starting in summer 2011, IT engineers and consultants all over the world will have an opportunity to earn MCM status on Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 by passing the required exams at one of many international testing centers. This makes the on-site training at Redmond optional. See the following link for details:

If you you want to learn even more about the MCM, you can read all about it here here. If you’re thinking about applying for the MCM program take a look at Neil Johnson’s MCM survivors guide and Brent Ozar’s blog series on the SQL MCM. Neil goes into great detail about the Exchange MCM, and Brent’s coverage of the SQL MCM is an interesting read (even for us Exchange guys). You’ll also want to keep an eye on The Master Blog for news and updates. Good luck!

Microsoft has recently created a great video highlighting the training experience you can expect when attending the Exchange MCM program. Watch the clip below to hear from MCM instructors and attendees as they discuss the program:

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