New book: Exam Ref 70-346 Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements, 2nd Edition

We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-346 Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements, 2nd Edition (ISBN 9781509304790), by Orin Thomas.

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Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-346—and demonstrate your real-world mastery of the skills needed to help deploy and efficiently administer Office 365 applications. Designed for experienced IT pros 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 skills measured on the exam:

  • Provision Office 365
  • Plan and implement networking and security in Office 365
  • Manage cloud identities
  • Implement and manage identities by using Azure AD Connect
  • Implement and manage federated identities single sign on
  • Monitor and troubleshoot Office 365 availability and usage

This Microsoft Exam Ref:

  • Organizes its coverage by the “Skills measured” posted on the exam webpage
  • Features strategic, what-if scenarios to challenge you
  • Provides exam preparation tips written by a top consultant, sysadmin, and Microsoft MVP
  • Points to in-depth material by topic for exam candidates needing additional review
  • Builds on your experience managing Office 365 and Windows Server


The 70-346 exam deals with advanced topics that require candidates to have an excellent working knowledge of both Office 365 and Windows Server. Some of the exam comprises topics that even experienced Office 365 and Windows Server administrators may rarely encounter unless they are consultants who deploy new Office 365 tenancies on a regular basis. To be successful in taking this exam, candidates not only need to understand how to deploy and manage Office 365, they need to understand how to integrate Office 365 with an on-premises Active Directory environment. They also need to keep up to date with new developments with Office 365, including new features and changes to the interface.

Candidates for this exam are Information Technology (IT) Professionals who want to validate their advanced Office 365 and Windows Server management skills, configuration skills, and knowledge. To pass this exam, candidates require a strong understanding of how to provision Office 365, plan and implement networking and security in Office 365, manage cloud identities, configure and manage identity synchronization between on-premises and cloud Active Directory instances, implement and manage federated identities as well as have the ability to monitor and troubleshoot Office 365 availability and usage. To pass, candidates require a thorough theoretical understanding as well as meaningful practical experience implementing the technologies involved.

This edition of this book covers Office 365 and the 70-346 exam objectives circa mid-2017. As Office 365 evolves, so do the Office 365 exam objectives, so you should check carefully if any changes have occurred since this edition of the book was authored and study accordingly.

This book covers every exam objective as of mid-2017, but it does not cover every exam question. Only the Microsoft exam team has access to the exam questions themselves 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 links you’ll find in text to find more information and take the time to research and study the topic. Great information is available on TechNet, through MVA courses, and in blogs and forums.

Important: How to use this book to study for the exam

Certification exams validate your on-the-job experience and product knowledge. To gauge your readiness to take an exam, use this Exam Ref to help you check your understanding of the skills tested by the exam. Determine the topics you know well and the areas in which you need more experience. To help you refresh your skills in specific areas, we have also provided “Need more review?” pointers, which direct you to more in-depth information outside the book.

The Exam Ref is not a substitute for hands-on experience. This book is not designed to teach you new skills.

We recommend that you round out your exam preparation by using a combination of available study materials and courses. Learn more about available classroom training at Microsoft Official Practice Tests are available for many exams at You can also find free online courses and live events from Microsoft Virtual Academy at

This book is organized by the “Skills measured” list published for the exam. The “Skills measured” list for each exam is available on the Microsoft Learning website:

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

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

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