Preparation guide for MS-700: Managing Microsoft Teams
To become a Microsoft 365 Certified: Teams Administrator Associate, you will need to pass the MS-700 exam. According tot he Microsoft Documentation, a Teams Administrator configures, deploys and manages Office 365 workloads for MS Teams. As a Teams Administrator you are responsible for planning, deploying and managing Teams chat, apps, channels, meetings and a bunch of other tasks.
To start preparing for the exam you will need to know the basics of PowerShell and have familiarity with the services offered by Microsoft, such as SharePoint, Onedrive and Office 365 Groups.
If you are not familiar or want to learn the basics of these subjects, I suggest you start with doing the MS-900 and the Introduction to PowerShell learning path on Microsoft Learn. These resources will help you put the contents of the MS-700 exam into context.
Every Microsoft exam measures different skills, some weighing heavier than others.
I would suggest looking for subjects that you are already familiar and comfortable with and focusing more heavily on the subjects that you are new to. Don’t focus more on a skill just because it has a heavier weight, there might be subjects that you are less familiar with that you will miss just because you skipped them fort heir lower weight.
For the MS-700 exam, these are the different skills measured with their weighing percentage:
Plan and configure a Microsoft Teams environment (45-50%)
This skill consists mostly of security related topics and upgrading from Skype for Business to Teams. It covers configuring network settings for Teams, implementing governance and lifecycle management and managing security. It also goes over deploying and managing Teams endpoints and monitoring service usage.
Managing Chat, Calling, and Meetings (30-35%)
This subject handles managing chat and meeting experiences, managing external access and managing phones numbers. You will also learn about managing a Phone System and routing calls.
Manage Teams and app policies (20-25%)
If you are already working with the Teams desktop application, this subject will likely be easier than the other subjects for you. You will learn how to manage a team, implement policies for Teams Apps and manage membership in a team
For a more detailed list of subjects covered in the various skills, you can visit the official Microsoft MS-700 Skills Measured document.
From my own experience, I had the most trouble with the Managing Chat, Calling, and Meetings because I was not familiar with phone systems and how routing worked. I also had to focus more on the subjects covering networking and configuring policies, as I had almost no experience with this subject. To give context, I had completed the MS-900 and AZ-900 exams before attempting the MS-700 exam.
The resources I used to pass the MS-700 exam are a combination of the Microsoft Learn platform and partner training resources. I completed the MS-700 learning path. This familiarized me with the different subjects covered.
After that I attended the MS-700 Labs Session and the MS-700 Practice Test Session. I would highly recommend attending these sessions as they are very beneficial and you have the opportunity to ask questions about subjects that you are having problems with. An added bonus is that after attending the Practice Test, you will receive a free voucher for the MS-700 exam, a 30-day license for practice tests and the MS-700 Skillpipe e-book.
If you don’t already know, you can find these trainings in the Microsoft Partner Training Calendar.
After doing the Microsoft Learn path and attending these trainings, I studied the MS-700 Skillpipe e-book that you get after attending a Practice Session. In my opinion, this e-book combined with the Labs session is what ultimately helped me pass the exam.
To summarize, the MS-700 exam might look daunting at first, especially if you are new to MS-365. I believe it is very doable and this exam is easily passed first try if you prepare properly.