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Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate

Modern Desktop Administrators deploy, configure, secure, manage, and monitor devices and client applications in an enterprise environment.

Required exams: Exam MD-100 and Exam MD-101

Optional prerequisite: 1 exam | See details

Prerequisite for: Microsoft 365 Certified Enterprise Administrator Expert

Skills measured

Deploy Windows

Deploy Windows 10

  • configure language packs
  • perform a clean installation
  • migrate user data
  • perform an in-place upgrade (using tools such as MDT, WDS, ADK, etc.)
  • select the appropriate Windows edition
  • troubleshoot activation issues

Perform post-installation configuration

  • configure Edge and Internet Explorer
  • configure mobility settings
  • configure sign-in options
  • customize the Windows desktop

Manage devices and data

Manage local users, local groups, and devices

  • manage devices in directories
  • manage local groups
  • manage local users

Configure data access and protection

  • configure NTFS permissions
  • configure shared permissions

Configure devices by using local policies

  • configure local registry
  • implement local policy
  • troubleshoot group policies on devices

Manage Windows security

  • configure user account control (UAC)
  • configure Windows Defender Firewall
  • implement encryption

Configure connectivity

Configure networking

  • configure client IP settings
  • configure mobile networking
  • configure VPN client
  • troubleshoot networking
  • configure Wi-Fi profiles

Configure remote connectivity

  • configure remote management
  • enable PowerShell Remoting
  • configure remote desktop access

Maintain Windows

Configure system and data recovery

  • perform file recovery (including OneDrive)
  • recover Windows 10
  • troubleshoot startup/boot process

Manage updates

  • check for updates
  • troubleshoot updates
  • validate and test updates
  • select the appropriate servicing channel
  • configure Windows update options

Monitor and manage Windows

  • configure and analyze event logs
  • manage performance
  • manage Windows 10 environment

Deploy and update operating systems

Plan and implement Windows 10 by using dynamic deployment

  • evaluate and select an appropriate deployment options
  • pilot deployment
  • manage and troubleshoot provisioning packages

Plan and implement Windows 10 by using Windows Autopilot

  • evaluate and select an appropriate deployment options
  • pilot deployment
  • create, validate, and assign deployment profile
  • extract device HW information to CSV file
  • import device HW information to cloud service
  • troubleshoot deployment

Upgrade devices to Windows 10

  • identify upgrade and downgrade paths
  • manage in-place upgrades
  • configure a Windows analytics environment
  • perform Upgrade Readiness assessment
  • migrate user profiles

Manage updates

  • configure Windows 10 delivery optimization
  • configure Windows Update for Business
  • deploy Windows updates
  • implement feature updates
  • monitor Windows 10 updates

Manage device authentication

  • manage authentication policies
  • manage sign-on options
  • perform Azure AD join

Manage policies and profiles

Plan and implement co-management

  • implement co-management precedence
  • migrate group policy to MDM policies
  • recommend a co-management strategy

Implement conditional access and compliance policies for devices

  • implement conditional access policies
  • manage conditional access policies
  • plan conditional access policies
  • implement device compliance policies
  • manage device compliance policies
  • plan device compliance policies

Configure device profiles

  • implement device profiles
  • manage device profiles
  • plan device profiles

Manage user profiles

  • configure user profiles
  • configure Enterprise State Roaming in Azure AD
  • configure sync settings
  • implement Folder Redirection (including OneDrive)

Manage and protect devices

Manage Windows Defender

  • implement and manage Windows Defender Application Guard
  • implement and manage Windows Defender Credential Guard
  • implement and manage Windows Defender Exploit Guard
  • implement Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
  • integrate Windows Defender Application Control
  • manage Windows Defender Antivirus

Manage Intune device enrollment and inventory

  • configure enrollment settings
  • configure Intune automatic enrollment
  • enable device enrollment
  • enroll non-Windows devices
  • enroll Windows devices
  • generate custom device inventory reports
  • review device inventory

Monitor devices

  • monitor device health (e.g., log analytics, Windows Analytics, or other cloud-based tools)
  • monitor device security

Manage apps and data

Deploy and update applications

  • assign apps to groups
  • deploy apps by using Intune
  • deploy apps by using Microsoft Store for Business
  • deploy O365 ProPlus; enable sideloading of apps into images
  • gather Office readiness data
  • configure IE Enterprise mode
  • configure and implement assigned access or public devices

Implement Mobile Application Management (MAM)

  • implement MAM policies
  • manage MAM policies
  • plan MAM
  • configure Windows Information Protection
  • implement Azure Information Protection templates
  • securing data by using Intune

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Exam MD-100

Exam MD-100: Windows 10

Languages: English

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks: deploy Windows; manage devices and data; configure connectivity; and maintain Windows. If you passed Exam 70-698 before it expired on March 31, 2019, you only need to take MD-101 to earn the Modern Desktop certification. Learn more.

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Exam MD-101

Exam MD-101: Managing Modern Desktops

Languages: English

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks: deploy and update operating systems; manage policies and profiles; manage and protect devices; and manage apps and data. If you passed Exam 70-698 before it expired on March 31, 2019, you only need to take MD-101 to earn the Modern Desktop certification. Learn more.

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Official Practice Test for Exam MD-101

All objectives of the exam are covered in depth so you’ll be ready for any question on the exam.

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