New book: Exam Ref 70-347 Enabling Office 365 Services, Second Edition

We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-347 Enabling Office 365 Services, Second Edition (ISBN 9781509304783), by Orin Thomas.

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Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-347—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of skills needed to securely and efficiently provide today’s Microsoft Office 365 services. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSA level.

Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives:
• Manage clients and end-user devices, including deployment channels and pilot groups
• Provision SharePoint Online site collections, including
• Configure Exchange Online and Skype for Business Online for end users
• Plan for Exchange Online and Skype for Business Online, including Advanced Threat Protection, custom spam/malware protection, and external mail flows
• Configure and secure other Office 365 services, including Microsoft Teams, OneDrive for Business, Microsoft Flow, PowerApps, and Microsoft StaffHub

This Microsoft Exam Ref:
• Organizes its coverage by exam objectives
• Features strategic, what-if scenarios to challenge you
• Assumes you are familiar with evaluating, planning, deploying, and operating Office 365 services, including their dependencies, requirements, and supporting technologies

Contents at a glance

CHAPTER 1   Manage clients and end-user devices
CHAPTER 2   Provision SharePoint Online site collections
CHAPTER 3   Configure Exchange Online and Skype for Business Online for end users
CHAPTER 4   Plan for Exchange Online and Skype for Business Online
CHAPTER 5   Configure and secure Office 365 Services


The 70-347 exam deals with advanced topics that require candidates to have an excellent working knowledge of Office 365, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Skype for Business Online, and Office 365 Security and Compliance. Some of the exam comprises topics that even experienced Office 365, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Skype for Business Online administrators may rarely encounter unless they are consultants who deploy new Office 365 tenancies on a regular basis.

Candidates for this exam are Information Technology (IT) Professionals who want to validate their advanced Office 365, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, OneDrive for Business management skills, configuration skills, and knowledge. To pass this exam, candidates require a strong understanding of how manage and configure Office 365 clients and end user devices, provision SharePoint Online site collections, configure Exchange Online, OneDrive for Business, and Skype for Business Online for end users and manage, migrate to, and administer Exchange Online, OneDrive for Business Online and Skype for Business Online. To pass, candidates require a thorough theoretical understanding as well as meaningful practical experience implementing the technologies involved.

This book covers every major topic area found on the exam, but it does not cover every exam question. Only the Microsoft exam team has access to the exam questions, and Microsoft regularly adds new questions to the exam, making it impossible to cover specific questions. You should consider this book a supplement to your relevant real-world experience and other study materials. If you encounter a topic in this book that you do not feel completely comfortable with, use the “Need more review?” links you’ll find in the text to find more information and take the time to research and study the topic. Great information is available on MSDN, TechNet, and in blogs and forums.

Organization of this book

This book is organized by the “Skills measured” list published for the exam. The “Skills measured” list is available for each exam on the Microsoft Learning website: Each chapter in this book corresponds to a major topic area in the list, and the technical tasks in each topic area determine a chapter’s organization. If an exam covers six major topic areas, for example, the book will contain six chapters.

Preparing for the exam

Microsoft certification exams are a great way to build your resume and let the world know about your level of expertise. Certification exams validate your on-the-job experience and product knowledge. Although there is no substitute for on-the-job experience, preparation through study and hands-on practice can help you prepare for the exam. We recommend that you augment your exam preparation plan by using a combination of available study materials and courses. For example, you might use the Exam ref and another study guide for your ”at home” preparation, and take a Microsoft Official Curriculum course for the classroom experience. Choose the combination that you think works best for you.

Note that this Exam Ref is based on publicly available information about the exam and the author’s experience. To safeguard the integrity of the exam, authors do not have access to the live exam.

About the author

ORIN THOMAS is an MVP, a Microsoft Regional Director, an MCT, and has a string of Microsoft MCSE and MCITP certifications. He has written more than 3 dozen books for Microsoft Press on topics including Windows Server, Windows Client, Azure, Office 365, System Center, Exchange Server, Security, and SQL Server. He is an author at PluralSight and is completing a Doctorate of Information Technology at Charles Sturt University. You can follow him on Twitter at