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Exam MD-101: Managing Modern Desktops Crash Course

Prepare for the Modern Desktop Administrator: Managing Modern Desktops Exam

Andrew Warren

This course is intended to help attendees develop the skills and knowledge necessary to take and pass the second of two Microsoft exams that relate to the Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate certification. This is one of the most popular certifications on the current IT pro certification track and includes the following exams:

  • MD-100: Windows 10
  • MD-101: Managing Modern Desktops

This course helps you prepare for Exam MD-101: Managing Modern Desktops

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • Deploy Windows 10
  • Manage device authentication
  • Implement and manage mobile device management policies
  • Manage device profiles
  • Manage user profiles
  • Manage Windows Defender
  • Manage Intune device enrollment and inventory
  • Monitor and maintain devices
  • Deploy and update applications
  • Implement mobile application management

This training course is for you because...

  • This training is for IT pros who want to gain an understanding of Windows 10 and Microsoft Mobile Device Management so that they can deploy and support this operating system within their organizations.
  • The secondary audience is those IT pros that want to gain the skills necessary to take and pass the Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate certification


Students should have the following knowledge to get the best from this course: - Have a good grounding in networking fundamentals, including TCP/IP and DNS - Understand basic Active Directory concepts and principles - Have experience with either Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016 - Have experience with Windows Client operating systems, such as a working knowledge of Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7

About your instructor

  • Andrew has been writing for Microsoft for many years, helping to develop their official curriculum instructor-led training material. He has served as a subject matter expert on many of the current Windows Server 2016 courses, was technical lead on several of the Windows 10 titles, and was involved in Microsoft 365, Azure, and Intune course development. When not writing about Microsoft technologies, he’s to be found in the classroom, teaching other IT professionals what they need to know to manage their organization’s IT infrastructure.

    Outside of IT, Andrew is the author of five books about the First World War, and spends much of his time on the battlefields of France acting as an occasional tour guide. He lives in rural Somerset, England.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing


Lesson 1: Deploy Windows 10: 80 minutes

  • 1.1 Implement dynamic deployment Part 1
  • 1.2 Implement dynamic deployment Part 2
  • 1.3 Implement Windows Autopilot Part 1
  • 1.4 Implement Windows Autopilot Part 2
  • 1.5 Manage Windows 10 Upgrades
  • 1.6 Migrate user profiles


Lesson 2: Device Authentication: 60 minutes

  • 2.1 Implement accounts
  • 2.2 Configure sign-in options
  • 2.3 Manage devices in directories
  • 2.4 Manage authentication policies


Lesson 3: Implement and manage MDM policies: 30 minutes

  • 3.1 Implement co-management precedence
  • 3.2 Implement and manage conditional access policies
  • 3.3 Implement and manage device compliance policies

Lesson 4: Manage device profiles: 20 minutes

  • 4.1 Implement and manage device profiles Part 1
  • 4.2 Implement and manage device profiles Part 2


Lesson 5: Manage user profiles: 25 minutes

  • 5.1 Configure user profiles
  • 5.2 Implement Folder Redirection
  • 5.3 Configure sync settings and Enterprise State Roaming


Lesson 6: Manage Windows Defender: 60 minutes

  • 6.1 Implement Windows Defender Credential Guard
  • 6.2 Implement Windows Defender Exploit Guard
  • 6.3 Implement Windows Defender Application Guard
  • 6.4 Implement Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
  • 6.5 Integrate Windows Defender Application Control
  • 6.6 Manage Windows Defender Antivirus
  • 6.7 Manage Windows Defender Firewall
  • 6.8 Manage Windows Security Centre


Lesson 7: Manage Intune device enrollment and inventory: 25 minutes

  • 7.1 Configure enrollment settings
  • 7.2 Enroll Windows and non-Windows devices
  • 7.3 Generate and review device inventory reports

Lesson 8: Monitor and maintain devices: 30 minutes

  • 8.1 Monitor device health
  • 8.2 Monitor device security
  • 8.3 Deploy Windows 10 updates


Lesson 9: Deploy and update applications: 70 minutes

  • 9.1 Deploy apps by using Intune
  • 9.2 Deploy apps by using Microsoft Store for Business
  • 9.3 Enable sideloading of apps into images
  • 9.4 Deploy O365 ProPlus
  • 9.5 Configure web browsers
  • 9.6 Configure and implement assigned access or public devices


Lesson 10: Implement Mobile Application Management: 30 minutes

  • 10.1 Implement and manage MAM policies
  • 10.2 Secure data with Intune
  • 10.3 Configure Information Protection

Course wrap-up