The Microsoft 365 Certified Fundamentals certification proves your understanding of the options contained in Microsoft 365, the benefits of adopting cloud services, SaaS cloud model, and usage of the Microsoft 365 cloud service. The designation is designed for business users and administrators. To complete the certification process, you need to pass the MS-900 exam.
Exam MS-900 will contain from 40 to 60 questions which you are to crack within 45 minutes. The types of questions are not known before the certification exam, but may include active screen, build list, best answer, drag and drop, hot area, multiple choice to mention a few. The exam is priced at $99 and can be scheduled with Certiport or Pearson VUE platform. Still, on the vendor’s website, you can find a limited time offer, which allows candidates to pass the MS-900 exam by paying just $15. For that purpose, you should have lost your job because of the COVID-19 crisis or should be a student of a high school, college, university, and need the skills covered in this evaluation.
Knowing more about the exam, its content is divided into 4 parts, each of which checks its own skills. The first topic deals with the description of cloud concepts. Here, you should be knowledgeable of different types of cloud services offered and the benefits of using a cloud service. For that purpose, you should be able to explain the offerings of Microsoft’s IaaS and PaaS, cloud-based solutions to improve productivity, and the connection of the Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft ecosystem. You also should possess skills to find scenarios more suitable for cloud-based services, than for on-premises services, compare their costs, describe various scenarios, such as private, public, and cloud and find the reasons to help organizations migrate to the cloud.
The second topic refers to the description of the core Microsoft 365 services and concepts. First of all, this means that you are able to define the main capabilities of Microsoft 365. These imply that you are familiar with business management, productivity and teamwork, security and compliance, along with the description of the Microsoft 365 user portal and the Microsoft 365 Admin capabilities. Next, you should be knowledgeable of which options support Windows and Office, which analytics capabilities are offered in Microsoft 365, and which collaboration solutions refer to Microsoft 365.
The third topic is about security, compliance, privacy, and trust in Microsoft 365. In this part, you should show your familiarity with the Microsoft 365 zero-trust security principles, unified endpoint management concepts, as well as access and identity management concepts. Your ability to describe compliance manager, service trust portal, and Microsoft 365 security center, governance solutions, along with information protection and threat protection in Microsoft 365 will also be assessed.
The fourth topic is focused on the description of the Microsoft 365 support and pricing. Here you should demonstrate your ability to describe CSP pricing model for Microsoft cloud services and Windows, options that refer to the bill management, and to optimize costs. So, you should have solid skills in planning, predicting, and comparing pricing. Your ability to explain the service lifecycle that relates to Microsoft 365 and define licensing options of the Microsoft 365 will be measured. And to add more, this part will check your skills to create a support request that is connected with Microsoft 365 services, and use the Microsoft 365 dashboard to define service health status. In general, it will evaluate your ability to support offerings aimed at improving the Microsoft 365 services.
After you’ve gained the foundational knowledge and skills, you can advance them by opting for the Microsoft 365 Messaging Administrator Associate, Microsoft 365 Security Administrator, Microsoft 365 Teams Administrator, and Microsoft 365 Modern Desktop Administrator designation and become a real professional in the chosen field.