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This is an exam study guide to help you prepare for Microsoft exam MS-301: Deploying SharePoint Server Hybrid.

This is one of the exams required to obtain your Microsoft 365 Certified: Teamwork Administrator Associate certification.

For each objective listed, you can find reference material online to help you prepare for the exam.

Configure and Manage SharePoint On-Premises (55-60%)

Plan a SharePoint farm

May include but is not limited to: Select and configure a farm topology, design for high availability, plan for disaster recovery, plan and configure backup and restore, plan for Information Rights Management, plan localization and language packs


Design for High Availability and Disaster Recovery

Plan for Backup and Restore

Plan for Information Rights Management

Localization and Language Packs

Manage and maintain a SharePoint farm

May include but is not limited to: Configure and maintain core infrastructure to support a SharePoint deployment, deploy and configure service and web applications, configure profile synchronization, monitor farm Health Analyzer reports and resolve issues, monitor storage usage for SharePoint, update SharePoint Server and validate the installation, manage SharePoint workflows, configure content type hub, select an upgrade path for version to version upgrades in on-premises SharePoint deployments

Configure and Maintain Core Infrastructure

Deploy and Configure Service and Web Applications

Configure Profile Synchronization

Monitor Farm Health Analyzer Reports and Resolve Issues

Update SharePoint Server and Validate the Installation

Manage SharePoint Workflows

Configure Content Type Hub

Select an Upgrade Path For Version to Version Upgrade In On-Premises SharePoint Deployments

Implement authentication

May include but is not limited to: Select and implement an authentication method, configure authentication, monitor and maintain authentication

Manage site collections

May include but is not limited to: Plan and configure the site collection architecture, create, update, and remove content types, reorganize sites based on changes in business needs, deploy customizations, update site designs and branding, create and update master pages and page layouts, activate or deactivate site collection features

Plan and Configure the Site Collection Architecture

Create, Update, and Remove Content Types

Reorganize Sites Based on Changes in Business Needs

I truly have no idea what this objective is getting at! *sigh* In classic sites there IS not good way to reorganize the sites; you can just reorganize the navigation to make it LOOK like the sites have moved, or use third party tools to actually move sites around. In SharePoint Online you can use hub sites to “glue” sites together, but I don’t think that’s what this bullet is talking about.

Deploy Customizations

Update Site Designs and Branding

Create and Update Master Pages and Page Layouts

Activate or Deactivate Site Collection Features

Plan and Configure Business Connectivity Services (BCS) and Secure Store

May include but is not limited to: Create BCS data sources and configure BCS permissions, create external content types, plan and configure connections to external data stores, configure Secure Store target applications, configure external lists

Plan and configure Managed Metadata

May include but is not limited to: Plan taxonomy and folksonomy, plan and create the term store structure, plan and configure term store security, maintain the term store

Manage search

May include but is not limited to: Configure and manage the search schema, configure and manage search queries, configure and manage search crawls, configure and manage the search topology, configure and manage the search result type

Configure and Manage Hybrid Scenarios (30-35%)

Plan a hybrid configuration and topology

May include but is not limited to: Evaluate available hybrid scenarios, identify core services interdependencies and prerequisites for hybrid deployments, determine which workloads will remain on-premises, which will migrate, and how they will connect

Implement hybrid teamwork artifacts

May include but is not limited to: Plan, configure, and monitor hybrid SharePoint taxonomies and hybrid content types, plan and configure hybrid OneDrive for Business, plan for and add custom tiles to the hybrid app launcher, configure document rendering for Web Apps

Plan, Configure, and Monitor Hybrid SharePoint Taxonomies and Hybrid Content Types

Plan and Configure Hybrid OneDrive for Business

Plan For and Add Custom Tile To the Hybrid App Launcher

Configure Document Rendering For Web Apps

Implement a hybrid Search Service application

May include but is not limited to: Evaluate available hybrid search scenarios, plan the implementation for Hybrid Search, configure the hybrid Search Service application, transition to a hybrid Search Service application, manage the hybrid Search Service application

Implement a data gateway

May include but is not limited to: Plan the implementation of on-premises data gateway, install and configure an on-premises data gateway, manage an on-premises data gateway

Migrate to SharePoint Online (5-10%)

Migrate Data and Content

May include but is not limited to: Identify and resolve blocking issues that prevent migration, determine course of action for data and content that cannot be migrated, prepare data for migration, recommend tools and strategies to migrate data


For each of the topics listed above, it’s helpful to know the associated PowerShell commands for SharePoint. While there’s not enough space for me to enumerate every PowerShell command here, it’s helpful to get generally familiar with the command object for SharePoint Server and SharePoint Online. (Note that since PnP cmdlets are open source, they’re not really included in the exam, although they’re extremely helpful to know about in real life!)

SharePoint PowerShell Overview