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Exam Objectives

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

Configure, Manage, and Migrate Unified Messaging (20 percent)

  • Configure Unified Messaging (UM).
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure an IP gateway; configure a UM call router; create and configure an auto attendant; configure a call answering rule; design UM for high availability; create a dial plan

  • Manage Unified Messaging.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Assign a dial plan to a user; move users between dial plans; enable and disable UM features for a user; set up protected voicemail; configure UM mailbox policy; manage UM language packs

  • Troubleshoot Unified Messaging.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Troubleshoot and configure Mutual Transport Layer Security (MTLS); monitor calls and call statistics; troubleshoot and configure QoS; troubleshoot SIP communication

  • Migrate Unified Messaging.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Prepare to migrate; plan a migration strategy; plan a coexistence strategy; move UM mailboxes between sites; redirect the SIP gateway to Exchange; decommission the legacy system

Design, Configure, and Manage Site Resiliency (22 percent)

  • Manage a site-resilient Database Availability Group (DAG).
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Plan and implement Datacenter Activation Coordination (DAC); given customer node requirements, recommend quorum options; plan cross-site DAG configuration; configure DAG networks

  • Design, deploy, and manage a site resilient CAS solution.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Plan site-resilient namespaces; configure site-resilient namespace URLs; perform steps for site rollover; plan certificate requirements for site failovers; predict client behavior during a rollover

  • Design, deploy, and manage site resilience for transport.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure MX records for failover scenarios; manage resubmission and reroute queues; plan and configure Send/Receive connectors for site resiliency; perform steps for transport rollover

  • Troubleshoot site resiliency issues.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Resolve quorum issues; troubleshoot proxy redirection issues; troubleshoot client connectivity; troubleshoot mail flow; troubleshoot datacenter activation; troubleshoot DAG replication

Security (21 percent)

  • Select an appropriate security strategy.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Evaluate RBAC; evaluate BitLocker; evaluate Smart Cards; evaluate IRM; evaluate S/MIME; evaluate Domain Secure/TLS

  • Deploy and manage Information Rights Management (IRM) with Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS).
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Create an AD RMS template; create transport protection rules; create Microsoft Outlook protection rules; configure transport decryption; configure IRM for discovery; configure pre-licensing for client access

  • Configure and interpret mailbox and administrative auditing.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure mailbox audit logging; configure administrative audit logging; configure mailbox access logging; interpret all audit logs

  • Troubleshoot security-related issues.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Determine certificate validity; ensure proper Certificate Revocation List (CRL) access and placement; ensure private key availability; troubleshoot failed IRM protection; troubleshoot RBAC

Configure and Manage Compliance, Archiving, and Discovery Solutions (20 percent)

  • Configure and manage an archiving solution.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Set up online archiving (Microsoft Office 365); create archive policies; set up on-premises archiving; plan storage for an archiving solution

  • Design and configure Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solutions.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Set up pre-built rules; set up custom rules; design a DLP solution to meet business requirements; set up custom policies

  • Configure and administer Message Records Management (MRM).
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Design retention policies; configure retention policies; create and configure custom tags; assign policies to users; configure the Managed Folder Assistant; remove and delete tags

  • Perform eDiscovery.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Plan and delegate RBAC roles for eDiscovery; enable a legal/litigation hold; perform a query-based InPlace hold; design and configure journaling; perform multi-mailbox searches in Exchange Administration Center (EAC); evaluate how to integrate InPlace federated searches with Microsoft SharePoint

  • Implement a compliance solution.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Design and configure transport rules for ethical walls; configure MailTips; create, configure, and deploy message classifications; design and configure transport rules to meet specified compliance requirements

Implement and Manage Coexistence, Hybrid Scenarios, Migration, and Federation (18 percent)

  • Establish coexistence with Exchange Online.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Deploy and manage Hybrid configuration; evaluate limitations of the Hybrid Configuration Wizard; configure requirements for single sign-on (SSO); design and configure Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)

  • Deploy and manage Exchange Federation.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Manage Federation trusts with Microsoft Federation gateways; manage sharing policies; design certificate and firewall requirements; manage organization relationships

  • Implement on-premises coexistence with legacy systems.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Plan namespaces for coexistence; configure proxy redirect; plan firewall configuration for coexistence; plan for mail flow requirements

  • Set up a cross-forest coexistence solution.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Set up cross-forest availability; design certificate and firewall requirements; set up cross-forest mail flow; design and configure AutoDiscover; set up shared namespaces

  • Migrate legacy systems.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Determine transition paths to Exchange; migrate public folders; migrate mailboxes; upgrade policies; plan to account for discontinued features; transition and decommission server roles

  • Troubleshoot issues associated with Hybrid scenarios, coexistence, migration, and Federation.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Troubleshoot transport; troubleshoot Exchange Federation trust and organization relationships; troubleshoot client access; troubleshoot SSO/AD FS; troubleshoot DirSync; troubleshoot cross-forest availability

Where to Go from Here

Those passing the 70-342 exam do not automatically earn a certification. However, Exam 70-342 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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