Microsoft 365: Fundamentals (MS-900) Exam Prep Guide

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LAST UPDATED: 26/08/2019 (v.3.0)

I’ve always liked and recommended Microsoft Fundamentals exams. Last year, before this new generation was created, I went back to gap fill my Office 365 MCSA with the Cloud, Mobility and Security Fundamental MTA’s (98-367, 368, 369). And even though these new generation MCF’s – like MTA’s – are optional (they don’t count towards the associate workloads) I don’t personally believe in bypassing them. No shortcuts. But Others may disagree. I respect that.

Microsoft 365 Fundamentals is the natural successor to the Cloud Fundamentals (98-369) MTA. It’s about understanding the components of Microsoft 365 and the concepts which underpin it. It’s about what those components are designed to do and how they can be deployed and managed. It’s also about SKU’s and Support offerings. Now – even with this last element – it would be a mistake to assume that this exam isn’t technical. Yes, it won’t go into the nuts and bolts of the workloads, but there is a lot of value of understanding broad concepts at a high level.

If you have never taken a fundamentals exam in the past, it’s typically around 60 minutes once past the regulations and usually has between 45 and 55 questions so you must think on your feet. Sometime during 2019 there should be an official practice test and MOC courses are available (I know this as I teach them). The short form course has surfaced on Microsoft Learn here and I have since found an effective Open EDX course to supplement learning here. Bear in mind that the MCF’s are also about broader concepts as opposed to very defined subject matter so it’s more than simply using docs.com for definitive articles. A combination of docs, Learn, the MOC course, the Microsoft product, licencing and trust websites, the Microsoft 365 Blog and the Microsoft 365 Partner site should be enough.

Link to Exam: Here
Released: 31st January 2019
Practice Test: Available later in 2019 (Not yet issued by Mindhub)
MOC Course: MS-900TO1A

Important Note: this exam prep guide should be used to supplement your own resources and should not be used for the whole of your learning. Some of the resources may be not completely cover the requirements especially if the requirement is vague. If you find better articles than the ones below, please feel free to reach out and I’ll amend.

Status: I passed this exam on 31/01/2019 the day of the release. I had 50 questions in this particular paper. Many of the questions I had focused on security/compliance aspects.

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Understand Cloud Concepts (15 – 20%)

Detail and understand the benefits and considerations of using cloud services

Understand the different types of cloud services available

Position Microsoft 365 in a SaaS scenario, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Public, Private, and Hybrid scenarios

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Understand Core Microsoft 365 Services and Concepts (30 – 35%)

Describe the core Microsoft 365 components

Windows 10 Enterprise

Exchange Online

SharePoint Online

Teams

Enterprise Mobility + Security

Compare core services in Microsoft 365 with corresponding on-premises service

Identify scenarios when usage of M365 services is more beneficial than on-premise services

Understand the concept of Modern Management

Understand the Windows-as-a-Service (WaaS) model

Describe the usage of the Microsoft 365 Admin Centre and M365 user portal

Understand the Microsoft deployment and release model for Windows and cloud business apps

Understand Office 365 ProPlus

Compare with on-premise Office 2016 deployment

Understand collaboration and mobility with Microsoft 365

Understand the concept of effective collaboration with Microsoft 365

Understand the concept of enterprise mobility, device management, and application management within an organization

Describe Analytics Capabilities in Microsoft 365

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Understand Security, Compliance, Privacy and Trust in Microsoft 365 (30 – 35%)

Understand security and compliance concepts with Microsoft 365

Understand key components that need to be protected within an organization’s cloud and on-premise infrastructure

Understand key security pillars of protection, including identity, documents, network, and devices

Understand identity protection and management

Understand concepts of cloud identity, on-premise identity, and hybrid identity

Understand Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Understand the need for unified endpoint management, security usage scenarios and services

Compare security usage scenarios and services available with Azure Active Directory P1, P2, and Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)

Describe usage scenarios and capabilities for directory synchronization and authentication of on-premises AD with Azure AD

Understand how Microsoft 365 services addresses the most common current threats

Understand the Service Trust Portal and Compliance Manager

Understand the trust relationship with Microsoft, service locations

Confidence in data protection

How to address most common cloud adoption show stoppers

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Understand Microsoft 365 Pricing and Support (25 – 30%)

Understand Licensing options available in Microsoft 365

Describe M365 subscriptions and management options

Understand key selling points of M365 in segments of productivity, collaboration, security, and compliance

Understand the different licensing and payment models available for M365

Understand how to determine and implement best practices

Plan, predict, and compare pricing

Understand the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) pricing model for Windows and Microsoft cloud services

Understand the basics of cost benefit analysis for on-premise vs. cloud

Understand billing and bill management options available

Describe support offerings for Microsoft 365 services

Describe how to create a support request for Microsoft 365 services

Describe Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

Understand how to determine service health status

Understand the service lifecycle in Microsoft 365

Understand private, public preview, and General Availability (GA) and their correlation to support policy and pricing

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Legacy Sections/Links (Retired in Latest Version of the Exam)

Skype for Business Online

Understand document protection needs & capabilities of Azure Information Protection (AIP)

Understand the need for unified platform for device management

Understand Mobile Device Management (MDM)

Understand Mobile Application Management (MAM)

Understand capabilities of Intune