Analyse, Act and Automate. Buzzwords these may be - but the importance of the Power Platform is real. About a year ago, I was sitting in a meeting in Dublin discussing Microsoft 365 with a partner whose business was built upon Power Apps. As much as I was impressed with the app on the IPad they'd recently developed after their receptionist left, it was the dawning on how they viewed Microsoft 365 through the prism of applications. It's very easy to narrate a story on Microsoft 365 around Security, Teamwork or the modernization of devices (three narratives Microsoft typically use today). But I had never considered doing that based upon apps. Never even entered my head.
Earlier this year I predicted that many IT pros would opt to do MS-300 purely because of Teams. I also predicted that Teams would eventually go on to have an exam all of its very own. And whilst, admittedly, it wasn't MS-400 we now have MS-700 - Managing Microsoft Teams as announced at Microsoft Ignite 2019. In passing MS-700, the delegate goes on to achieve the new role of Teams Administrator Associate.
If you are about to take a Microsoft Fundamentals exam, or are thinking of taking one in the future, it is perfectly natural to ask questions pertaining to that exam such as 'What is a Microsoft Fundamentals exam actually like?' 'How many questions are there?' 'What can I do to prepare to give myself the best opportunity to pass?' Having taught both the Azure (AZ-900TO1A) and Microsoft 365 (MS-900TO1A) courses several times this year across the UK and Ireland, it may come as little surprise that I get these questions a lot. I am always happy to answer them. I am a firm believer that if we can understand these exams and what we are facing, we are better prepared to go in and give our best performance without any surprises which may negatively impact the end result. This is a collection of FAQ's from those deliveries which I hope can help you go on to achieve the result you need
Mail is in the genes of the organisation I work for. To this day it still has one of the largest Hosted Exchange platforms in the country and some of the very best Exchange engineers in the business. I find these Exchange engineers - meaning those dedicated to Exchange management on a day to day basis, some of the most deeply passionate people I have met in all of IT. They love what they do - absolutely mad for it. I encourage anyone to talk to them about DAG's or SMTP Configuration, or TNEF, or Delegate Permissions, or Mailbox Protocols, or SmartHost integration, or Replay Queues, or RAID, or Jetstress or least cost routing paths.
I am not a hybrid SharePoint expert. In passing this exam, its fair to say that I am still not a hybrid SharePoint expert. Of all the exams I have taken over the course of the last year, this is the one where I have learnt the most. It's also the one I came out the other end having a far greater appreciation of both the technology and the experts who do this on a day to day basis.