It was a very long run but finally, I got it. I am Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert. Yesterday I passed the last missing exam 🙂 . However, let me start from the begging. As you know I believe in the power of knowledge. And if you want to be successful as a freelancer, you have to be professional. In Microsoft world, you can earn certifications that show you are keeping pace with today’s technical roles and requirements. Microsoft has certification paths for many technical job roles. Each of these certifications consists of passing a series of exams to earn certification.
Why Enterprise Administrator Expert?
For the last couple of months, I focus on Office 365 from an administrator/architect point of view. My effort was focused on modern IT department implementation. I believe in an agile IT team idea. Therefore I think when you can use tools like Office 365, Intune, and Azure AD you can do amazing things. Certificate proves to your clients that you are the right person to do the job. The exam itself measures the following skills:
- Design and implement Microsoft 365 services
- Manage user identity and roles
- Manage access and authentication
- Plan Office 365 workloads and applications
- Implement modern device services
- Implement Microsoft 365 security and threat management
- Manage Microsoft 365 governance and compliance
Now let me one thing clear. It’s not about Office 365… To pass this exam you need knowledge from various solutions that are linked to Office 365. If you want to read more about this exam check Microsoft site.
It’s a challenge!
It’ wasn’t easy to get Enterprise Administrator Expert certificate! First of all, Microsoft made some changes to the exam path. I have started with MS-300 exam, but MS-301 was retired at the end of August. I had to switch to MS-500. But I was surprised with difficulty and I failed with the first approach. In other words, if you didn’t work with Office 365 E5 license features like PIM or Security you will not be able to pass.
It’s important to be familiar with securing tenant using all tools provided by Microsoft.
Do it online
I took my last few exams online and I love it! If you are interested in Pearson VUE online exams you should read more here. You have to prepare your room in a specific way, but it’s much better when you take your exam from a safe place. Of course, there’s a remote proctor, but it’s still a great way to participate in an exam, especially in the covid time.
How to learn for Enterprise Administrator Expert certificate?
Firstly you have to have experience with Office 356, a BIG experience! Many questions have obvious answers if you work with Office on a daily basis. Secondly, if you want to learn with Pluralsight you can learn the basics only! I am a big fan of Pluralsight but in this case, it’s just not enough. Thirdly learn with Microsoft Learn! For example for MS-500 check this link. The current level of the content there is just awesome. Sometime ago content wasn’t too useful for us. But right now you will be really surprised. I just love interactive guides. What’s more important you will find there advanced and very advanced scenarios which are key to successfully pass certification exams, including Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert.