In August a major update for MS-100 was released, with changes in objective domain section naming and quite a few of the tested items. Let’s start off with a quick summary of what has been added and what has been removed from the exam, and then discuss some these changes.

What’s new?

  • Privileged Identity Management
  • Administrative Units
  • Azure AD Password Protection
  • IdFix
  • AAD Connect multitenant, server requirements, troubleshooting
  • OAuth apps and Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps

The top takeaway here is that the exam has expanded the Azure AD Premium features from P1 and P2 plans, where previously only Conditional Access, Identity Protection and Access Reviews were included. I view this as the exam catching up with AAD functionality.

What’s been removed?

  • Teams planning for communication, call quality and capacity
  • Plan for Microsoft Teams hybrid connectivity and co-existence
  • Exchange Migration
  • Partner and FastTrack
  • Office Online
  • Federation services
  • Security and compliance reports
  • Power Platform section

The removal of more advanced Teams migration and voice topics makes a great deal of sense. Team’s voice capabilities aren’t necessarily features that Microsoft 365 admins might be exposed to (yet!), and the integration/migration from Skype for Business is something that I view as a more dated conversation due to the rapid adoption of Teams in many organizations. Federation removal makes sense, as this is something that has generally been deemphasized in favor of other Azure AD Connect authentication options. Security and compliance reports are better suited to other exams like MS-101 and MS-500. Power Platform’s inclusion was always an inclusion that I wasn’t fond of, and never really understood why it made an appearance in this exam. This exam is broad enough without bringing Power Platform capabilities in.

Deploy and manage a Microsoft 365 tenant (15—20%)

Plan and implement a Microsoft 365 tenant

Monitor Microsoft 365 tenant health

Plan and manage user identity and roles (30—35%)

Plan identity synchronization

Implement and manage identity synchronization with Azure AD

Plan and manage Azure AD identities

Plan and manage roles in Microsoft 365

Manage access and authentication (20—25%)

Plan and implement authentication

Plan and implement secure access

Plan and implement application access

Plan Microsoft 365 workloads and applications (20—25%)

Plan and implement Microsoft 365 Apps deployment

Plan and implement Exchange Online deployments

Plan and implement Microsoft SharePoint Online, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams