MS-101 Course Extras

MS-101 or Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security is one of two exams that make up the Microsoft 365 Certified Enterprise Administrator Expert certification.  The certification also requires you to pass & hold a valid Microsoft 365 Associate level certification in addition to passing the MS-100 and MS-101.

The Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert is the only Expert level certification for Microsoft 365.  Whilst the Associate certification in Microsoft 365 require Administrator level knowledge and skills, this is the next step up.  You could consider this the consultant level skillset.  You need an in-depth understanding of all features, the configuration options, pros/cons of the options PLUS hands on administration skills across the full set of Microsoft 365 workloads.  Tradition system administrator skills are also helpful as you should also understand DNS, Active Directory (on-prem), networking and on-prem server admin.  The on-prem skills and knowledge is needed to design and configure Microsoft 365 in Hybrid to work in harmony with existing environments as well as to understand requirements of organisations moving to the cloud.

That said, regular visitors to my blog will know that I consider myself a ‘born in the cloud’ admin and as such the traditional system administrator skills are my personal weak area.  Please don’t let that put you off going for this certification, if that also describes you.  You can use your Microsoft 365 knowledge to answer migration and hybrid questions and remember you don’t have to get all 1000 availalbe points to pass.

This exam focuses on device management plus the security & compliance tools whilst the MS-100 focuses on identity & access (Azure AD) plus workload security & configuration.

Disclaimer: All these links were correct at the time of posting.  But the Cloud changes regularly, so the referenced articles my change/be removed.  Please do post a comment if you spot a broken link or have suggestions to add so others can benefit too.

General References

Taking a Microsoft Professional Exam

There are a number of blogs about taking MCP exams.  My personal favourites are:

Pre-study References

Before attending an MS-101 course you should have day-to-day admin experience managing multiple workloads in Microsoft 365  and have a good understanding of the availalbe tools and services in Microsoft 365 PLUS licencing of Microsoft 365.

Microsoft Learn Learning Paths (MS-101)

 References by Exam Objectives

Based on the objectives as at 2nd February 2022

This is an Expert level qualification, so please view these links as a starting point and explore each topic in full.

Implement modern device services (40-45%)

Plan device management

See also https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/mem/?WT.mc_id=M365-MVP-5004583

Manage device compliance

Plan for apps

Plan Windows 10 deployment

Although this link refers to Windows 11, the concepts apply to Windows 10 too.  The documentation has moved on faster than the exam objectives https://docs.microsoft.com/windows/whats-new/windows-11-plan?WT.mc_id=M365-MVP-5004583

  • plan for Windows as a Service (WaaS)
  • plan for managing Windows quality and feature updates
  • plan Windows 10 Enterprise deployment methods
  • analyze upgrade readiness for Windows 10 by using services such as Desktop Analytics
  • evaluate and deploy additional Windows 10 Enterprise security features

Enroll devices

https://docs.microsoft.com/mem/intune/enrollment/?WT.mc_id=M365-MVP-5004583

  • plan for device join or device registration to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)
  • plan for manual and automated device enrollment into Intune
  • enable device enrollment into Intune

Implement Microsoft 365 security and threat management (20-25%)

Manage security reports and alerts

Plan and implement threat protection with Microsoft 365 Defender

Plan Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps

https://docs.microsoft.com/defender-cloud-apps/what-is-defender-for-cloud-apps?WT.mc_id=M365-MVP-5004583

Manage Microsoft 365 governance and compliance (35-40%)

https://docs.microsoft.com/purview/?WT.mc_id=M365-MVP-5004583

https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/compliance/plan-for-security-and-compliance?view=o365-worldwide&WT.mc_id=M365-MVP-5004583

Plan for compliance requirements

Manage information governance

Implement Information protection

Plan and implement data loss prevention (DLP)

Manage search and investigation

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