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Passed Microsoft Exam MS-500: Microsoft 365 Security Administration

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Certification Certifications Microsoft Microsoft 365

Last Monday, I passed the Microsoft exam MS-500 and earned the Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate certification. I am very happy about this; It was a lot of hard work, but it was worth it!

If you plan to take this exam, you should have experience and a solid understanding of the security solutions available in Azure and Microsoft 365. You will need to demonstrate knowledge to plan and implement solutions in 100% cloud and hybrid environments.

How to prepare for the exam>

How to prepare for the exam #

I have used different training portals, online courses, and reading material to prepare for the exam. Next, I will show you the resources and the time I dedicated to each of them. Please note that preparation for the MS-100, MS-101 and AZ-500 exams has served as the basis for this exam.

Microsoft Learn>

Microsoft Learn #

One of the sources I have consulted has been Microsoft Learn; this new educational platform is just great and replaces the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). On this platform, complete the following learning paths:

  • Protect identity and access with Azure Active Directory (2h 52m)
  • Defend against threats with Microsoft Threat Protection (3h 31m)
  • Protect enterprise information with Microsoft 365 (1h)
  • Manage security with Microsoft 365 (44m)
  • Manage insider risk in Microsoft 365 (2h 50m)
Pluralsight courses>

Pluralsight courses #

Another source that you can use to reinforce the concepts is to take the Pluralsight courses, in particular, the following courses:

  • Implementing and Managing Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (1h 32m)
  • Managing and Synchronizing Microsoft 365 Azure Identities (47m)
  • Implementing and Managing Microsoft 365 Information Protection (2h 18m)
Reading material>

Reading material #

Regarding the reading material, I have used the official exam book: Exam Ref MS-500 Microsoft 365 Security Administration and Microsoft 365 Security for IT Pros (2021 Edition).

My Tips>

My Tips #

  • Take your time to cover all the topics included in the exam.
  • Open a Microsoft 365 trial account and try out, and research the capabilities of the different technologies. If you have the official book, do the exercises, and check your knowledge.

I hope this information will be helpful.

If you want to know more about the exam, check out this link.