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Exam Objectives

The objectives for this exam, as stated by Microsoft include:

Plan, Install, Configure, and Manage Transport (25 percent)

  • Plan a high availability solution for common scenarios.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Set up redundancy for intra-site scenarios; plan for Transport Dumpster; plan for shadow redundancy; plan for redundant MX records

  • Design a transport solution.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Design inter-site mail flow; design inter-org mail flow; plan for Domain Secure/TLS; design Edge transport; design message hygiene solutions; design shared namespace scenarios

  • Configure and manage transport.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure Edge servers; configure Send/Receive connectors; configure transport rules; configure accepted domains; configure email policies; configure Address Rewriting

  • Troubleshoot and monitor transport.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Interpret message tracking logs and protocol logs; troubleshoot a shared namespace environment; troubleshoot SMTP mail flow; given a failure scenario, predict mail flow and identify how to recover; troubleshoot Domain Secure/TLS; troubleshoot the new transport architecture

  • Configure and manage hygiene.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Manage content filtering; manage recipient filtering; manage SenderID; manage connection filtering; manage Spam Confidence Level (SCL) thresholds; manage anti-malware

Install, Configure, and Manage the Mailbox Role (25 percent)

  • Plan the mailbox role.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Plan for database size and storage performance requirements; plan for virtualization requirements and scenarios; plan mailbox role capacity and placement; design public folder placement strategy; validate storage by running JetStress

  • Configure and manage the mailbox role.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Create and configure Offline Address Book (OAB); create and configure public folders; deploy mailbox server roles; design and create hierarchical address lists

  • Deploy and manage high availability solutions for the mailbox role.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Create and configure a Database Availability Group (DAG); identify failure domains; manage DAG networks; configure proper placement of a file share witness; manage mailbox database copies

  • Monitor and troubleshoot the mailbox role.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Troubleshoot database replication and replay; troubleshoot database copy activation; troubleshoot mailbox role performance; troubleshoot database failures; monitor database replication and content indexing

  • Develop backup and recovery solutions for the mailbox role and public folders.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Manage lagged copies; determine most appropriate backup solution/strategy; perform a dial tone restore; perform item-level recovery; recover the public folder hierarchy; recover a mailbox server role

  • Create and configure mail-enabled objects.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure resource mailboxes and scheduling; configure team mailboxes; configure distribution lists; configure moderation; configure a linked mailbox

  • Manage mail-enabled object permissions.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure mailbox folder permissions; configure mailbox permissions; set up room mailbox delegates; set up team mailbox membership; set up auto-mapping; determine when to use Send As and Send On Behalf permissions

Plan, Install, Configure, and Manage Client Access (25 percent)

  • Plan, deploy, and manage a Client Access Server (CAS).
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Design to account for differences between legacy CAS and Exchange CAS/CAF; configure Office web application

  • Plan and configure namespaces and client services.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Design namespaces for client connectivity; configure URLs; plan for certificates; configure authentication methods; implement auto-discover for a given namespace

  • Deploy and manage mobility solutions.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Deploy Mobile OWA (MOWA); configure OWA policies; configure Microsoft ActiveSync policies; configure Allow Block Quarantine (ABQ); deploy and manage Agaves

  • Implement load balancing.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure namespace load balancing; configure Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) load balancing; plan for differences between layer seven and layer four load balancing methods; configure Windows Network Load Balancing (WNLB)

  • Troubleshoot client connectivity.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Troubleshoot Outlook Anywhere connectivity; troubleshoot POP/IMAP; troubleshoot authentication; troubleshoot web services; troubleshoot AutoDiscover; troubleshoot mobile devices

Design and Manage an Exchange Infrastructure (25 percent)

  • Plan for impact of Exchange on Active Directory directory services.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Plan the number of domain controllers; plan placement of Global Catalog (GC); determine DNS changes required for Exchange; prepare domains for Exchange; evaluate impact of schema changes required for Exchange; plan around Active Directory site topology

  • Administer Exchange Workload Management.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure user workload policies; configure system workload policies; monitor system workload events; monitor user workload events

  • Plan and manage Role Based Access Control (RBAC).
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Determine appropriate RBAC roles and cmdlets; limit administration using existing role groups; evaluate differences between RBAC and Active Directory split permissions; configure a custom-scoped role group; configure delegated setup

  • Design an appropriate Exchange solution for a given SLA
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Plan for updates; plan for change management; design a solution that meets SLA requirements around scheduled downtime; design a solution that meets SLA requirements around RPO/RTO; design a solution that meets SLA requirements around message delivery

Where to Go from Here

Those passing the 70-341 exam do not automatically earn a certification. However, Exam 70-341 does count as credit toward the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) Messaging certification. The requirements for this certification are as follows:

  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 (exams 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412 or Exam 70-417 plus a qualifying legacy certification)
  • Exam 70-341
  • Exam 70-342
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