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Deploying Microsoft 365 Teamwork: Exam MS-300 Guide

By : Aaron Guilmette
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Deploying Microsoft 365 Teamwork: Exam MS-300 Guide

By: Aaron Guilmette

Overview of this book

The Microsoft MS-300 exam is designed to test the knowledge and skills of administrators in deploying, configuring, and managing SharePoint Online, SharePoint Server, SharePoint Hybrid, OneDrive for Business, and Teams. This book offers up-to-date coverage of the important topics based on the MS-300 exam and features question answers and insider tips to help you prepare for certification. Written in a clear, succinct way, the book starts by helping you configure and manage SharePoint Online. You’ll then delve into OneDrive for Business, right from managing users and groups, through to monitoring sharing and security. Further chapters will guide you through working with Teams, with an emphasis on managing identity authentication, resolving issues with the service, and even observing usage patterns. Later, you’ll get up to speed with workload integrations, covering the Yammer business communications platform, before moving on to understand how to integrate Microsoft Stream with SharePoint, Teams, and Yammer. Finally, you’ll learn to develop data governance and user adoption strategies. By the end of this book, you'll be well-versed with SharePoint Online and have learned the essential techniques and concepts you need to know in order to pass the MS-300 certification exam.
Table of Contents (24 chapters)
Assessment Answers

Introduction to Office 365 Groups

SharePoint Online is one of the foundational components of the Microsoft 365 collaboration platform. SharePoint Online provides the backend storage and service architecture that many of the Microsoft 365 services utilize for content management, storage, and automation.

In older versions of SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server, document and application content were arranged in sites, which were arranged in site collections. These storage mechanisms and methods were different and disconnected from other applications and services in the Microsoft ecosystem. One of the core differentiating features between legacy on-premises deployments of Windows Server applications (such as SharePoint Server and Exchange Server) and their modern cloud-based counterparts is the availability of a new construct: the Office 365 Group.

Office 365 Groups (also periodically referred to as Modern Groups) are a special type of group object that is built from numerous components. There is an Exchange Online Group Mailbox component for message storage and a SharePoint Online team site used for file and metadata storage. Office 365 Groups can function like traditional distribution lists in that users can be added to or removed from a list and members, but that's where the similarities end.

Whereas a traditional distribution group is transactional (it distributes a message to members but has no history of messages that have been relayed through it), an Office 365 Group has the concept of persistent storage—a feature provided by an underlying Exchange Group Mailbox. Once a message has been sent to an Office 365 Group, it is stored in the group's mailbox and is visible to anyone who joins the group at a later time.

A member of an Office 365 Group can choose to Follow or Stop Following the conversations in their own inboxes. When a user chooses to follow a group in their inbox, they will receive a copy of the message sent to the group (making it function like a classic distribution group for them). An Office 365 Group also has a calendaring component (stored in the Exchange mailbox), a OneNote notebook, a SharePoint Team site, and a default Planner plan available. Office 365 Groups can be joined from Outlook or Outlook Web App. If a user chooses to stop following a group, they will no longer receive a copy of messages sent to the group in their inbox, but they will continue to be able to access the group through the Outlook and Outlook Web App clients.

This Office 365 Group framework is used extensively in SharePoint Online. Office 365 Groups are connected to most Office 365 services, including Planner, Stream, Teams, Yammer, PowerBI, SharePoint, and StaffHub. By default, Office 365 Groups can be created by administrators as well as end users through Outlook or Outlook Web App or by using the various services (Planner, Stream, Teams, and so on) that rely on Office 365 Groups.

Some organizations may wish to limit who can create Office 365 Groups or enforce a naming policy to provide some context for the group. With an Azure Active Directory Premium P1 or higher license, you can manage many features of Office 365 Groups, including who can create them, naming policies (including prefixes, suffixes, and prohibited words), and expiration policies:

Policies you set here will apply organization-wide to all Office 365 Group creation and management activities going forward. The policies that you apply to Office 365 Groups will also govern the groups created by applications (such as Teams).