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Michael Pietrzak

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My boss has offered to send me to some Azure training since the campus I work at is rolling out centralized AD with O365.

In looking at the offerings, it looks like two would best fit the bill, the Fundamentals class which is only two days or the Implementing class, which is 5 and looks to be much more in depth.

The one part in the "Implementing" class that I might have a problem with is the SQL pieces since I am not that good with SQL.

But I have been using MS HyperV for some time now and I think the other pieces might not be that bad since I have been running my own AD for more than decade now.

Anyone have any thoughts on these two classes?

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Don't worry about the SQL bit.

In reality you need Powershell knowledge and to be able to query, deploy, shutdown, add, remove, find ,modify both Azure IaaS/ PaaS and SaaS or O365 using it.

The courses are only as good as the trainer and their experience.

With regard to O365, its exchange thats all.
In a large campus, (I have no idea how many students you have) if you can't make a modification with powershell for a change in the students...you better have an ergonomic mouse! 


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First off, I'm so far from an expert on this.  But because I'm relatively new to O365 myself and doing my best to ramp up on it, I thought I'd try to offer some questions and comments.

My own personal experience is that for a few years I've been able to focus strictly on SharePoint, specifically on-prem Sharepoint.  But now our company is heading fast into O365 and SharePoint Online and everything else either online or hybrid.  So I'm having to learn a lot of stuff that's got nothing to do with SharePoint, but kinda does.

So I noticed you said "rolling out centralized AD with O365" which sounds more like the skills you need have to do with O365 than with Azure.  

Would you be needing to know things like managing user accounts, security groups, and licensing in O365?  If so, then you probably want to focus on a class that addresses the things found in Exam 70-346, Managing Office 365 Identities and requirements.  It covers things like provisioning a new O365 tenant, getting your on-prem AD accounts copied or synched up to O365, and then managing those accounts so you can grant O365 services and applications to your end-users.  

Or are you looking to move your existing physical and\or HyperV servers into Azure?  You might want to do that for a variety of reasons, INCLUDING some aspects of O365 support.  But if this is what you're looking for then I'm even less knowledgeable on what classes you might want to pursue.  

For the O365 stuff, much of it may have elements of Azure knowledge, like getting a powershell session up and running that connects to an Azure or Azure RM session, because all of the O365 services are hosted on Azure, but knowledge of managing Virtual Servers in Azure is not a prerequisite for managing an O365 tenant.  

Hope that may be of some help.

*she writes as she avoids actually studying for 70-346*

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Meant to include this as a reference. 
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-346.aspx

If what I wrote did make sense and it's what you think you're after, be sure to read the statment about "as of June 30, 2016" and the accompanying likn with a PDF.  They are changing O365 faster than the exams and study materials, and it's been very hard to figure out what to study. 
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I can say that what we use at Microsoft is all materials from OpsGility.
OpsGility was formed by Michael Washam, _Michael is a former from from the Azure team and we now use all of his content internally. It's far superior to anything you will find from the new horizons of the world.
http://www.opsgility.com
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Thank you everyone for the tremendous help. This path looks good...https://www.opsgility.com/courses/all/office_365

I was also looking at Pluralsight. They seem to get pretty good reivews. They purchased Trainsignal a few years back and I really liked their CBT's.

Boy, it's surely not like the late 90's to 2000s. I remember you could open a WindowsIT magazine and find any number of boot camps and MCSE schools.

Now, all the local classroom training is with virtual instructors and students staring at computer screens. Kinda sad really.


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