The 2-Minute Recap: Everything new with Security, Compliance, and Identity on Microsoft Learn

By Temante_Leary

Welcome to our monthly blog series featuring the latest content updates on Microsoft Learn. This month, we’re highlighting Microsoft Defender for Business training in our Security, Compliance, and Identity portfolio.

Microsoft Defender for Business  
Microsoft Defender for Business is a new endpoint security solution that’s now available in preview. Built specially to provide enterprise-grade endpoint security to businesses with up to 300 employees, this solution is both easy to use and cost effective.

Today’s preview is available with an initial set of scenarios, and the product team will be adding capabilities regularly. To get started, check out our complete Microsoft Defender for Business documentation page, where you’ll find how-to guides for using, deploying, and managing this solution, along with tutorials and simulations.

You can also get an overview of incidents and response actions by completing the Detect and respond to security issues learning module. By the end of this module, you’ll be able to understand the:

Incident queue
Alerts queue
Response actions

Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager
Microsoft Endpoint Manager provides endpoint security, device management, and intelligent cloud actions in a unified management platform. Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager—which is a part of Microsoft Endpoint Manager—helps you protect the on-premises devices, apps, and data that the people at your organization use to be productive.

Our new learning path, Set up tenant attach using Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, provides migration and implementation guidance, along with details about how to set up Intune, how to set up tenant attach, and better understand co-management. By the end of this module, you’ll be able to:

Understand tenant attach
Confirm tenant attach prerequisites
Enable internet endpoints
Enable device upload
Display the connector status
Perform device actions
View on-premises device details

We look forward to hearing how you use these resources on your journey to certification. Be sure to check out our new Microsoft Security certifications poster for a quick overview of our fundamentals and role-based credentials as well.

The 5-Minute Recap: Everything new with Microsoft 365 on Microsoft Learn

By Temante_Leary

Welcome to our monthly blog series featuring the latest content updates on Microsoft Learn. This month, we’re highlighting virtual events training in our Microsoft 365 portfolio.

Deliver engaging, accessible virtual events with Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365
Learn the fundamentals of delivering compelling events using Microsoft 365 technology. Designed for event organizers, producers, moderators, and attendees, this learning path covers the basics of how to:

Produce accessible and inclusive virtual events
Optimize event management
Design, present, moderate, and attend a virtual event in Microsoft Teams or Microsoft 365

Whether live or on-demand, virtual events offer a flexible venue for communicating with employees, customers, and partners. Get started now: Deliver engaging and accessible virtual events with Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365

Manage meetings and virtual events  
Manage meetings and virtual events experiences is an intermediate learning module geared toward the administrator role. If you understand the basic functional experience of Microsoft 365 services and are proficient with general IT practices—including using PowerShell—you’re ready to start this module.

By the end of this learning module, you will understand meetings and virtual events in Microsoft Teams and know how to:

Set up conference bridges
Manage meeting policies
Configure meeting settings
Manage Live events policies
Configure Live events settings
Explain Live events in Microsoft 365

Our free, self-paced learning content can help you explore new skills for your current role or take your career in a new direction. Be sure to check out all our learning paths for Microsoft 365 certifications, plus modules related to new products—including Microsoft Viva.

Announcing a new name for the Data Analyst Associate certification

By NancyTandy

Power BI and business users, we’ve got great news to share about our certification portfolio. On February 28, 2022, the Microsoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate certification will be renamed to Microsoft Certified: Power BI Data Analyst Associate. We regularly review our portfolio to ensure that it’s up to date with the latest technology. This new name reflects our current vision on the data analyst job role and the skills that are required for that role today. Plus, it indicates the direction we’ll take as we prepare to include additional skills in the future.

On the same day, we’ll release the new Exam PL-300: Power BI Data Analyst, which will be required to earn the Power BI Data Analyst Associate certification. This exam is focused on skills in preparing, modeling, visualizing, and analyzing data to maximize value for an organization.

This new exam will replace Exam DA-100: Analyzing Data with Microsoft Power BI, which retires on March 31, 2022. These exams cover the same knowledge domain.

What this means to you

If you’ve already earned the Data Analyst Associate certification, you will see the new name in your Certification Dashboard on February 28, 2022.
If you’ve been studying for Exam DA-100, no worries. You have until March 31, 2022, to take it. 
If you’ve just started preparing for Exam DA-100, consider reviewing the skills requirements for new Exam PL-300 and switching your focus to the new exam because the exams are very similar.  However, between February 28 and March 31, 2022, learners can pass either exam to earn their Power BI Data Analyst Associate certification.

If you plan to take the exam, you might start by exploring the data analyst certification journey. You can also find valuable resources for data analysts on the certification and exam pages. Next, review the required skills for Exam PL-300, use curated self-paced learning paths on Microsoft Learn. Or, if you prefer learning from an instructor, take in-depth courses, such as Analyzing Data with Power BI, from a Microsoft Learning Partner. Complement your training with additional resources, like Microsoft Docs or the Power BI Learning catalog. And don’t miss the Power BI community webinars. Until March 31, 2022, you can take a trial run for the exam using the Microsoft Official Practice Test for DA-100: Analyzing Data with Microsoft Power BI.

The role of the data analyst
If you’re a data analyst or business user who uses Power BI to help your organization maximize the value of its data assets, you might consider earning this certification. In this role, your responsibilities include designing and building scalable data models, cleaning, and transforming data, and enabling advanced analytic capabilities that provide meaningful business value through easy-to-understand data visualizations. You’re a subject matter expert who collaborates with key stakeholders across verticals to deliver relevant insights based on business requirements. And you should have a fundamental understanding of data repositories and data processing, both on-premises and in the cloud.

If you pass this certification exam, you might be eligible for American Council on Education (ACE) college credit. For details, check out College credit for certification exams.

Celebrate with the world: Post badges on LinkedIn
When you earn the Power BI Data Analyst Associate certification, you can post your badge on LinkedIn and celebrate your accomplishment with your team and your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and to share your achievements, highlight your skills, and show how you can help to meet the needs and goals of your current or potential employer and its customers.

It’s easy to renew a Microsoft Certification
When your Power BI Data Analyst Associate certification expires, we’ve got good news. You can renew it and other current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before the certification expires. Get the details in our blog post Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals.

Where’s my community?
Join a community to network with other Power BI Data Analysts, share ideas, and ask questions. You can also find news about Microsoft events and learning opportunities.

 
Shine a spotlight on your data analyst skills
If you’re a data analyst or business user with a passion for data, it’s time to validate your expertise and showcase your data insights. The Power BI Data Analyst Associate certification can validate that you have what it takes to stand out and help to differentiate your organization in this high-demand field.

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New Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 training: December 2021 roundup

By MargoCrandall-MSFT

A new year means new opportunities, and now is the time to add to your skill set with the offerings in our training and certification portfolio. You might want to start with the new role-based learning path and modules that we released last month on Microsoft Learn. No matter where you are on your career path, you can make the most of Microsoft Learn to build and deepen your skills and then validate those skills by earning a Microsoft Certification.

This month, there’s a new Fraud Protection learning path and module. Plus, we’ve added new modules for Customer Insights and Customer Voice. In addition, virtual machine with product version 10.0.21 is now available for all Finance and Supply Chain Management labs on Microsoft Learn.

Our online training is free, and you can explore all our offerings at your own pace. Learn new skills to use on the job or to take your career in a new direction. Need help figuring out which training to take? Check out the Dynamics 365 learning paths and the Microsoft Power Platform learning paths.

The following learning paths and modules were released in December 2021.

Customer Insights

 
Customer Voice

 
Fraud Protection

 
Power Platform

Finance and Operations Apps

Product landing pages

New Microsoft Dynamics 365 training: December 2021 roundup

By MargoCrandall-MSFT

A new year means new opportunities, and now is the time to add to your skill set with the offerings in our training and certification portfolio. You might want to start with the new role-based learning path and modules that we released last month on Microsoft Learn. No matter where you are on your career path, you can make the most of Microsoft Learn to build and deepen your skills and then validate those skills by earning a Microsoft Certification.

This month, there’s a new Fraud Protection learning path and module. Plus, we’ve added new modules for Customer Insights and Customer Voice. In addition, virtual machine with product version 10.0.21 is now available for all Finance and Supply Chain Management labs on Microsoft Learn.

Our online training is free, and you can explore all our offerings at your own pace. Learn new skills to use on the job or to take your career in a new direction. Need help figuring out which training to take? Check out the Dynamics 365 learning paths and the Microsoft Power Platform learning paths.

The following learning paths and modules were released in December 2021.

Customer Insights

 
Customer Voice

 
Fraud Protection

 
Power Platform

Finance and Operations Apps

Product landing pages

New to Microsoft Certification exams? We have something you need to try

By Liberty Munson

Are you new to Microsoft Certification exams? Not sure what to expect? We have just the thing to help you become familiar with the question types that you may see on the exam, how to navigate the user interface, and much more.

You can demo the exam experience by visiting our “exam sandbox.” We created this experience to provide you with an opportunity to experience the look and feel of the exam before you take it. In the sandbox, you will be able to interact with the different question types (e.g., build list, drag and drop, etc.) that are available in the actual user interface that you will navigate during the exam. In addition, this experience includes the same introductory screens, instructions, and question type help information that you will see on your exam as well as the non-disclosure agreement that you must agree to before launching the exam.

As a result, using this sandbox should better prepare you for the exam experience and increase your familiarity with the user interface, how to navigate between pages and questions, what actions are required to answer each of the different question types, where information about the exam is located (e.g., time remaining, questions remaining, etc.), how to mark questions for review, and how to leave comments.

Although the questions are not real certification questions, the sandbox mimics the exams look and feel so you can become familiar with it before you take an exam.

If you use assistive devices or keyboard shortcuts, we designed this experience for you although everyone benefits! This is an opportunity to understand how those assistive devices can be used in the exam interface, how the keyboard can be used to navigate through the exam, and so on. Additionally, you will be provided with the opportunity to leave feedback on the accessibility and usability of the exam UI with your assistive device during the item comment section. We have provided comment categories that are specific to this experience to help us better understand what challenges you encounter as you play in the sandbox. These comments will be monitored for future improvements to the experience.

Note that if you use assistive devices, you will need to request an accommodation to be able to use them during the exam. Learn more about requesting accommodations before you register for your exam.

Keep in mind that while this experience is designed to familiarize you with the exam’s look and feel and how to navigate through it, the secure browser that will be launched during a real exam is not enabled in the sandbox. When enabled during the exam, it will block all third-party applications, including assistive devices if you have not received prior approval to use them; this is why you must request an accommodation if you would like to use one during your exam.

What are you waiting for? Give it a try!
https://aka.ms/examdemo