MS-200: Planning and Configuring a Messaging Platform

MS-200: Planning and Configuring a Messaging Platform are part of the requirements for the Microsoft 365 Messaging Administrator Associate

Exam requirements

The official exam document are published here:

Exam preparation

This exam preparation is the for the old 70-345: Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 and not the updated MS-200 exam.

Books covering the exam

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Video training for the exam


This course on Pluralsight is for the old 70-345: Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016, but covers a lot of the exam objectives in the MS-200 exam:

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Online training

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Instructor-led training

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Exam Objectives

Manage Modern Messaging Infrastructure (45-50%)

  • Manage databases
    • Plan mailbox database requirements,
    • Create mailbox databases
    • Configure mailbox databases
    • Troubleshoot mailbox databases
  • Manage Database Availability Groups (DAGs)
    • Plan DAG settings and members
    • Create a DAG
    • Manage DAG members
    • Deploy and manage site resilience
    • Test a database and datacenter failover scenario
    • Troubleshoot DAG problems
    • Evaluate Exchange services health
  • Manage and implement client access
    • Plan namespaces
    • Plan high availability for client access
    • Configure virtual directories and URLs
    • Configure client access policies
    • Configure global Outlook Web App (OWA) policies
    • Configure Autodiscover for Exchange
    • Troubleshoot client access connectivity problems
    • Manage Exchange certificates lifecycle
  • Manage disaster recovery
    • Plan backup and recovery strategy
    • Implement and perform backups
    • Restore servers, databases, and mailboxes
  • Manage messaging infrastructure lifecycle
    • Plan Exchange Server installation
    • Prepare Active Directory (AD) for Exchange
    • Install and update Exchange services

Manage Mail Flow Topology (35-40%)

  • Plan the Transport Pipeline
    • Plan transport architecture
    • Design for multi-site mail flow
    • Plan a high availability mail flow solution
  • Manage Connectors
    • Plan connectors
    • Create Send and Receive connectors
    • Configure connectors
  • Manage Mail Flow
    • Manage transport rules
    • Manage domains
    • Implement a multi-site mail flow
  • Troubleshoot mail flow problems
    • Validate inbound and outbound mail flow
    • Examine message trace
    • Configure message tracking
    • Analyze message headers with the remote connectivity analyzer
    • Handle Non-Deliverable Reports (NDRs)
    • Investigate transport logs
    • Monitor mail flow

Manage Recipients and Devices (15-20%)

  • Manage recipient resources
    • Manage archive mailboxes
    • Manage resource mailboxes
    • Manage groups
    • Manage mailboxes
    • Manage mailbox permissions
    • Configure mailbox policies
    • Manage shared mailboxes
    • Evaluate license options
  • Manage mobile devices
    • Configure mobile device mailbox policies
    • Manage mobile device access