Plan connectivity and data flow for each workload
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1h 10m

This Planning Office 365 Workloads and Applications course will teach you how to plan for Office 365 workload deployments and hybrid solutions. You will learn how to identify hybrid requirements for Exchange and SharePoint hybrid solutions, and how to plan connectivity and data flow for Office 365 services, including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Teams. You’ll learn how to plan migration strategies for Exchange, SharePoint, and Teams, and how to determine the best strategies.

Later in the course, you will learn how to plan Office 365 application deployments and how to plan application updates. You’ll also learn about the different update channels and when to use each.

Learning Objectives

  • How to plan for Office 365 workload deployments
  • How to plan for migrations and hybrid solutions
  • How to plan for Office 365 application deployments

Intended Audience

  • IT professionals who are interested in obtaining an Microsoft 365 certification
  • Those tasked with planning Office 365 deployments and migrations


  • A decent understanding of Office 365 workloads, including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Teams

Microsoft Online offers three online services, Microsoft Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Office Live Meeting. Each service offering comes with its own set of bandwidth requirements. So when in the midst of planning for Office 365, it's important to understand those requirements. 

Now, when considering bandwidth requirements for Office 365 workloads, it's important to understand that there are lots of variables to consider. These variables include what services your organization plans to use, the number of client computers that you expect to be in use at any given time, and the tasks that each client computer will be performing. Other considerations include the performance of whatever internet browser your organization uses, the current capacity of existing network connections, as well as the network segments associated with each client computer. 

The organization's existing network topology and capacity of each piece of network hardware will also play roles in the planning of Office 365 workload connectivity. 

Although detailed specifications are beyond the scope of this course, more detailed information about estimating network traffic for the various Office 365 services can be found at the link on your screen.

About the Author
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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys camping, fishing, and playing poker.