70-346 Study Guide – Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements

The 70-346: Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements exam is one of the exams required to get your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Office 365 Certification. The MCSA Office 365 is a requirement to become a MCSE for the other servers in the Office suite such as SharePoint, Exchange and Skype for Business. As someone who got his MCSA Office 365 certification, this 70-346 Study Guide is to help you find materials to study, and ace the exam. I will share both free and paid options, whether books, video training or simply links to articles and blog posts. I will not share any dumps as those are against the Microsoft Terms of Service, and by using dumps, we decrease the value of our certifications.

70-346 Study Guide

Certification Path

Exam Name

Link to Exam on Microsoft Learning

Study Guide

70-346 Managing Office 365 Identities and RequirementsManaging Office 365 Identities and Requirements70-346 Study Guide – Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements
Exam 70-347 Enabling Office 365 ServicesEnabling Office 365 Services70-347 Study Guide – Enabling Office 365 Services

70-347 Study Guide

Books that covers the exam

Exam Ref 70-346 Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements
Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-346–and demonstrate your real-world mastery of the skills needed to provision, manage, monitor, and troubleshoot Microsoft Office 365 identities and cloud services. Designed for experienced IT pros ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSA level.

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Microsoft Office 365 Administration Inside Out Paperback
Dive into Office 365 administration—and really put your systems expertise to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. Discover how the experts tackle deployment, configuration, and management—and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery.

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Essential PowerShell for Office 365: Managing and Automating Skills for Improved Productivity
Take your Office 365 skills to the next level. Master PowerShell for Office 365 to stay competitive in today’s world of highly sought after cloud management skills. With expert guidance, IT pros will learn how to leverage the muscle of PowerShell to automate many advanced administrative tasks not otherwise accessible in the Office 365 Admin Center. You will discover how to unlock configuration options and automate tasks in order to free up valuable time and resources.

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Video Training for the exam

NOTE: Pluralsight is a paid resource unlike Channel9 and Microsoft Virtual Academy which are free. The quality they provide is also superior because of all the quality checks they go through, and the instructors are one of the best in the industry. The Pluralsight courses have a link to where you can get a free trial and decide for yourself if paying a subscription or not is worth it, but the 7 day free trial should allow you to view all those courses for free.

Setting Up Office 365 Identities
In this course, viewers will learn the beginning setup portions of Office 365 Identities for the 70-346 exam. From the History of Office 365, through setting up our pilot users on Office 365, we will go over every step.

Administrating Office 365 Identities
In this course, viewers will continue their learning about Office 365 Identities. We will begin by going over Administrator Roles and understanding how to manage Office 365 identities. We will setup Dirsync to replicate our internal users into Office 365.

PowerShell for Office 365
In this course, you will learn how to use PowerShell to manage Office 365 services. You will learn how to connect and manage users and licensing, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, Compliance Center and last but not least, Skype for Business Online. You will learn not only how to change the advanced settings that are not even available in the user interface, as well as how to automate those boring tasks you’ve wanted to get rid of forever. This course also covers the PowerShell content for exams 70-346 and 70-347.

Getting Started with Office 365 Administration
A quick start to Office 365 and the cloud environment. Learn how to jump right in as an administrator of your Office 365 environment.

70-346: Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements
Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-346: Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements with MVP/MCT Andy Malone.

Managing Office 365 Identities and Services
This course targets the needs of IT professionals who take part in evaluating, planning, deploying, and operating Office 365 services, including its identities, dependencies, requirements, and supporting technologies. This course focuses on skills required to set up an Office 365 tenant, including federation with existing user identities, and skills required to sustain an Office 365 tenant and users.

Articles / Blog Posts per objective

Provision Office 365 (15–20%)

  • Provision tenants
    • Configure the tenant name, tenant region, initial global administrator; manage tenant subscriptions; manage the licensing model; configure tenant for new features and updates
  1. Set up Office 365 for business [Office Support Article]
  2. Compare all Office 365 for business plans [Office Products Web Page]
  3. Switch to a different Office 365 for business plan [Office Support Article]
  4. Buy licenses for your Office 365 for business subscription [Office Support Article]
  5. Assign admin roles in Office 365 [Office Support Article]
  6. About Office 365 admin roles [Office Support Article]
  7. Office 365 International availability [Office Products Web Page]
  8. Office 365 Plan Options [TechNet]
  9. WHAT’S IN A (TENANT) NAME? [Blog Post]

Plan and implement networking and security in Office 365 (15–20%)

Manage cloud identities (15–20%)

Implement and manage identities by using Azure AD Connect (15–20%)

Implement and manage federated identities for single sign-on (SSO) (15–20%)

Monitor and troubleshoot Office 365 availability and usage (15–20%)

Additional Tips

I think the best thing that you can do after reading this, or even meanwhile, is to open up an E3 or an E5 trial subscription, and try out everything that you read about. Only when you try it, you hit some bugs you really understand how it works in a real life scenario!

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