MS-203: Microsoft 365 Messaging Course Outline
This course examines the key elements of Microsoft 365 messaging administration, including message transport and mail flow, messaging security, hygiene, and compliance, messaging infrastructure, and hybrid messaging. This course is designed for IT Professionals who deploy and manage the messaging infrastructure for Microsoft 365 in their organization.
The Messaging Administrator deploys, configures, manages, and troubleshoots recipients, permissions, mail protection, mail flow, and public folders in both on-premises and cloud enterprise environments. Responsibilities include managing message hygiene, messaging infrastructure, and hybrid configuration and migration. To implement a secure hybrid topology that meets the business needs of a modern organization, the Messaging Administrator must collaborate with the Security Administrator and Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator. The Messaging Administrator should have a working knowledge of authentication types, licensing, and integration with Microsoft 365 applications.
Job role: Administrator
Preparation for exam: MS-203
Configure and manage the transport pipeline
Manage and troubleshoot mail flow and transport issues
Manage message hygiene and compliance
This course is designed for those aspiring to the Microsoft 365 Messaging Administrator role.
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Module 1: Managing the Transport Pipeline
In this module, you will learn about the different transport components of Exchange, how the message routing works, and how to configure the message flow for your organization. You will examine the tasks that messaging administrators must complete to configure message transport. You will review the message transport options and learn how to configure domains and connectors and how to implement an approval workflow for messaging. You will also learn how to manage transport rules, which are a very powerful configuration to control the message flow in your organization.
Overview of Transport Services
Configuring Message Transport
Managing Transport Rules
Lab : Configure Message Transport
Module 2: Managing and Troubleshooting Mail Flow
In this module, you will examine the components of mail flow, and you will learn how to manage your mail flow, which is a crucial task for every Exchange administrator. You will study the differences between managing mail flow in Exchange Online, Exchange Server, and Exchange Hybrid deployments. From managing mail flow, you will transition to troubleshooting mail flow issues such as emails not being routed correctly in or outside your organization, or when secure connections cannot be established successfully. Yo will learn about the tools Microsoft provides to help you find the root cause of your issues and fix your mail flow. You will then transition from troubleshooting mail flow to troubleshooting transport issues, such as network-based issues, connector and agent issues, and architectural issues, as well as how to troubleshoot in coexistence. Finally, you will learn how to check event, protocol, and tracking logs when all troubleshooting for service availability and message transport has finished and an issue still persists, or if you must find historical data about issues in the past.
Managing Mail Flow
Troubleshooting Mail Flow
Troubleshooting Transport Issues
Troubleshooting with Logs
Lab : Conditional Mail Routing
Create Mail Flow Rules
Module 3: Managing Message Hygiene
In this module, you will learn about Microsoft Exchange Online Protection (EOP) features and functionality. You will also learn how to plan messaging routing for this service, which provides anti-malware and anti-spam policies that protect your organization against spam and malware and safeguards your organization from messaging-policy violations. You will then review the anti-malware and anti-spam protection that Exchange Server and Online Protection provide, and you will learn how to configure SPAM and malware filters, policies, and settings to provide protection for your users. You will conclude the module by examining Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and how it extends the protection provided by EOP by filtering targeted attacks that could pass through EOPís line of defenses, including advanced threats such as zero-day attacks in email attachments and Office documents and time-of-click protection against malicious URLs. You will learn how Microsoft 365 ATP protects users from advanced threats through features such as safe attachments and safe links, and how it generates reports which provide administrators with insight into attacks targeting their tenants through email.
Planning for Message Hygiene
Managing Anti-Malware and Anti-Spam Policies
Managing Advanced Threat Protection
Lab : Managing Messaging Hygiene
Create Hygiene Filters
Module 4: Managing Compliance
This module begins by describing the different compliance features in the Security & Compliance Center (SCC) that messaging administrators can use to comply with legal and regulatory requirements. This module supports compliance in Exchange by examining the compliance features available in the Exchange Admin Center for Exchange Server and hybrid deployments. Because of the complex retention requirements of modern messaging environments, this module focuses on how archiving is performed with Exchange so that you can provide an efficient and compliant environment to your users. You will also examine how additional archive storage is provided to your users, how messages are automatically processed and archived, and how audit logging in Exchange that provides information about administrator, delegate, and user actions in user mailboxes and your Exchange organization. Finally, because organizations must adhere to legal discovery requirements (related to organizational policy, compliance, or lawsuits), you will examine how eDiscovery for Microsoft Exchange can help you perform discovery searches for relevant content within mailboxes.
Messaging Compliance in the SCC
Messaging Compliance in Exchange
Managing Exchange Online Archiving and Auditing
Managing Content Search
Module 5: Managing Organizational Settings
This module begins with an examination on how to manage authentication for messaging. This module focuses on how to ensure that user accounts are well protected and secure, and how to deploy multiple security features that do not introduce unnecessary complexity in usersí everyday work, which can result in lower business productivity and new security risks. You will then transition from messaging authentication to organizational settings, where you will learn how to configure settings that apply to the entire organization or to many users in the organization. Finally, you will examine how to configure organizational sharing.
Managing Authentication for Messaging
Configuring Organizational Settings
Configuring Organizational Sharing
Module 6: Managing Mobile Devices
In this module, you will begin by examining Mobile Device Management in Microsoft 365, as well as how Exchange ActiveSync and mobile device mailbox policies support this effort. You will then examine how to manage and troubleshoot mobile device access. This module then examines how to configure both access and infrastructure for mobile devices, understanding the implications of mobile device remote wipe, and learning about alternative methods for mobile device management.
Mobile Device Mailbox Policies
Managing Mobile Device Access
Lab : Implement ActiveSync
Implement Active Sync for single and multiple mailboxes
Module 7: Managing Role-Based Permissions
This module examines how messaging administrators manage role-based permissions, which is an essential task for any messaging administrator. Since Exchange Server and Exchange Online both use the Role Based Access Control (RBAC) permission model, this module examines the basics of RBAC management. The module concludes by examining how a messaging administrator must plan and configure permissions carefully so as not to put their environment or their entire Active Directory at risk.
Managing Admin Roles
Managing User Roles
Exchange Setup - RBAC and AD Split Permission
Lab : Manage Roles and Permission Policies
Manage Roles and Permission Policies
Module 8: Managing Recipient Objects and Resources
This module examines some of the most common tasks that messaging administrators perform - creating and configuring email recipients, lists, and resources. This module examines the different types of Exchange Server recipients, including how they differ from each other. The module then focuses on the various tasks that require you to create and manage Exchange recipients in Exchange, including user mailboxes, resource mailboxes, shared mailboxes, mail contacts, and mail users. You will also learn how to manage permissions for recipients, and how to create and manage groups.
Creating and Managing Exchange Recipients
Managing Email Addresses, Lists, and Resources
Lab : Create Recipient Objects and Resources
Create Exchange Recipients
Module 9: Managing Public Folders
In this module, you will learn about public folders in Exchange, review the planning considerations for deploying public folders, and discuss alternatives to public folders. You will also learn how to implement and manage public folder mailboxes, public folders, and public folder permissions, as well as how to create and manage mail-enabled public folders. The module concludes by examining how to monitor and troubleshoot Public Folder-related issues.
Planning the Public Folder Hierarchy
Implementing and Managing Public Folders
Troubleshooting Public Folders
Lab : Implement Public Folders
Create Public Folders
Manage Public Folders
Module 10: Planning a Hybrid Environment
In this module you will examine the requirements necessary to implement a hybrid deployment, and you will learn about the features and components that are required when implementing a hybrid deployment. This module examines all planning aspects that are required before running the Hybrid Configuration Wizard. This includes the configuration options of the HCW, as well as the details on Organization Configuration Transfer (OCT) and the Hybrid Agent. The module concludes with a review of the mail flow options for a hybrid deployment.
Exchange Hybrid Deployment Requirements
Planning to Run the Hybrid Configuration Wizard
Lab : Prepare Azure AD for Hybrid Synchronization
Prepare Azure AD for Hybrid Synchronization
Module 11: Performing Mailbox Migrations
This module examines the options that are available for migrating email to Exchange Online, such as performing a migration or using FastTrack to move mailboxes from your existing mail servers to Exchange Online. This module summarizes the migration and co-existence options and recommends when to use which option. The module then examines the requirements for running an IMAP migration, the migration options that are available, and the steps that are performed during a migration. The module then examines how to plan and perform both a cutover and staged migration. It compares each of these two migration approaches, and you will learn about the requirements, planning activities, and migration process for each option. The module concludes by examining important additional migration tasks, such as migrating a PST file and the considerations for a Public Folder migration.
Planning Mailbox Migrations
Performing IMAP Migrations
Performing Cutover and Staged Migrations
Performing Advanced Migrations
Module 12: Deploying and Troubleshooting a Hybrid Environment
In this module you will learn the key areas to plan for regarding Edge Transport servers. You will then learn about the requirements and best practices to configure a hybrid deployment, which is the first step for your Exchange organization, regardless of whether you want to connect your Exchange on-premises and Exchange Online organizations for long-term coexistence or as part of a cloud migration strategy. In this module, you will then examine how to manage a hybrid deployment and implement advanced hybrid functionality. You will cover the features that require a successful hybrid deployment such as Public Folder coexistence or OneDrive for Business attachment storage for on-premises mailboxes. This module concludes with an introduction to troubleshooting techniques for a hybrid deployment. You will learn how to troubleshoot directory synchronization issues including pass-through authentication (PTA) and single sign-on, Exchange transport, and client access troubleshooting as well as mailbox replication service troubleshooting.
Deploying and Managing an Edge Transport Server
Configuring a Hybrid Deployment using the HCW
Implementing Advanced Hybrid Functionality
Troubleshooting Hybrid Deployments
Lab : Deploy a Hybrid Environment
Set Up your Hybrid Deployment
Test your Hybrid Deployment
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