Monday, February 24, 2014

Office 365 certified

Back in January 2014 I sat the two new Office 365 exams:

70-347 – Enabling Office 365 Services

70-346 - Managing office 365 Identities and Requirements

and when I logged into my Microsoft Certified Professional portal today I was stoked to find:

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Interestingly, passing these two exams gives you another qualification:

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Not quite sure why it is considered ‘legacy’ (may be it is being changed?) but now I’m also a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate!

These two exams are the more enterprise focused Office 365 exams. There is still the:

74-325 – Administering Office 365 for Small Business

Which I have also passed a while back.

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My advice having now done the three exams is that it is very worthwhile to start with the 74-325 first to get a flavour of what these Office 365 exams are like. The 70-346 and 70-347 are certainly much tougher and more focused on the the enterprise features of Office 365 so you’ll have to work hard to pass them.

The challenge with all these Office 365 exams is that they cover such a wide range of topics. To pass you are going to have to know SharePoint as well as Exchange. You are going to have to know how to do things with PowerShell and via the administration portal. Finally, you are also going to have to know how to interface Office 365 to on premise servers and desktops. That is a lot to know for ANYONE!

If you need a hand with the 74-325 exam I have an exam cram guide for sale on my publications page that helped me (that’s why I created it).

Even though I now have these exams under my belt there is still a HUGE amount of stuff I am still learning about Office 365 and I honestly discover something new just about every day I use it. That’s what makes it such a great product for me as it appeals to my inner geek.