Managing Modern Desktops (MD-101)

Level: Intermediate
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In this course, students will learn how to plan and implement an operating system deployment strategy using modern deployment methods, as well as how to implement an update strategy. Students will be introduced to key components of modern management and co-management strategies. This course also covers what it takes to incorporate Microsoft Intune into your organization. Students will also learn about methods for deployment and management of apps and browser-based applications. Students will be introduced to the key concepts of security in modern management including authentication, identities, access, and compliance policies. Students will be introduced to technologies such Azure Active Directory, Azure Information Protection and Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, as well as how to leverage them to protect devices and data.

Key features of this Managing Modern Desktops Training:

  • Microsoft Official Course content
  • Eligible for SATV redemption

You Will Learn How To:

  • Plan, develop, and implement an Operating System deployment, upgrade, and update strategy.
  • Understand the benefits and methods of co-management strategies.
  • Plan and implement device enrollment and configuration.
  • Manage and deploy applications and plan a mobile application management strategy.
  • Manage users and authentication using Azure AD and Active Directory DS.
  • Describe and implement methods used to protect devices and data.

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Managing Modern Desktops Course Information

  • Requirements

    The Modern Desktop Administrator must be familiar with M365 workloads and must have strong skills and experience of deploying, configuring, and maintaining Windows 10 and non-Windows devices. The MDA role focuses on cloud services rather than on-premises management technologies.
  • Who Should Attend This Course

    The Modern Desktop Administrator deploys, configures, secures, manages, and monitors devices and client applications in an enterprise environment. Responsibilities include managing identity, access, policies, updates, and apps. The MDA collaborates with the M365 Enterprise Administrator to design and implement a device strategy that meets the business needs of a modern organization.

  • Microsoft Exam Information

    This course can help you prepare for the following Microsoft role-based certification exam — MD-101: Managing Modern Desktops

Managing Modern Desktops Course Outline

  • Module 1: Planning an Operating System Deployment Strategy

    This module explains how to plan and implement a deployment strategy. Students will learn about the concepts of supporting the desktop through it's entire lifecycle. This module also covers assessing an existing environment and the tools used to prepare a deployment strategy. Finally, students will be introduced to the tools and strategies used for desktop deployment.


    • The Enterprise Desktop
    • Assessing Deployment Readiness
    • Deployment Tools & Strategies

    Lab : Practice Lab - Planning Windows 10 deployment

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe the enterprise desktop lifecycle.
    • Describe how to assess an existing environment.
    • Describe methods for mitigating deployment blockers.
    • Describe the different tools and methods for deployment.
  • Module 2: Implementing Windows 10

    This module covers the modern methods of Windows deployment used in common scenarios such as upgrading and migrating to Windows 10, as well as deploying new devices and refreshing existing devices. Students will also learn about alternate methods of OS deployment as well as considerations when choosing methods of deployment.


    • Upgrading Devices to Windows 10
    • Deploying New Devices and Refreshing
    • Migrating Devices to Windows 10
    • Alternate Deployment Methods
    • Imaging Considerations

    Lab : Practice Lab - Implementing Windows 10

    • Creating and deploying provisioning package
    • Migrating user settings
    • Deploying Windows 10 with AutoPilot
    After completing this course, learners should be able to:
    • Develop an Operating System deployment and upgrade strategy.
    • Understand the different methods of deployment.
    • Understand which scenarios on-premise and cloud-based solutions can be used for.
    • Deploy and migrate desktops to Windows 10.
  • Module 3: Managing Updates for Windows 10

    This module covers managing updates to Windows. This module introduces the servicing options for Windows 10. Students will learn the different methods for deploying updates and how to configure windows update policies. Finally, students will learn how to ensure and monitor update compliance using Windows Analytics.


    • Updating Windows 10
    • Windows Update for Business
    • Introduction to Windows Analytics

    Lab : Practice Lab - Managing Updates for Windows 10

    • Manually configuring Windows Update settings
    • Configuring Windows Update by using GPOs
    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe the Windows 10 servicing channels.
    • Configure a Windows update policy using Group Policy settings. 
    • Configure Windows Update for Business to deploy OS updates.
    • Use Windows Analytics to assess upgrade readiness and update compliance.
  • Module 4:Device Enrollment

    In this module, students will examine the benefits and prerequisites for co-management and learn how to plan for it. This module will also cover Azure AD join and will be introduced to Microsoft Intune, as well as learn how to configure policies for enrolling devices. The module will conclude with an overview of device inventory in Intune and reporting using the Intune console, Power BI and Microsoft Graph.


    • Device management options
    • Microsoft Intune Overview
    • Manage Intune device enrollment and inventory
    • Managing devices with Intune

    Lab : Practice Lab - Device Enrollment and Management

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe benefits and methods for migrating to co-management.
    • Deploy an MDM with Microsoft Intune.
    • Configure device enrollment.
    • Enroll desktop and mobile devices in Windows Intune.
    • Configure and downloads inventory reports.
  • Module 5: Configuring Profiles

    This module dives deeper into Intune device profiles including the types of device profiles and the difference between built-in and custom profiles. The student will learn about assigning profiles to Azure AD groups and monitoring devices and profiles in Intune. The module will conclude with an overview of using Windows Analytics for health and compliance reporting.


    • Configuring device profiles
    • Managing user profiles
    • Monitoring devices

    Lab : Practice Lab - Managing profiles

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe the types of device profiles.
    • Create and assign device profiles.
    • Configure user profile and folder redirection.
    • Monitor and report on devices using Intune and Windows Analytics.
  • Module 6: Application Management

    In this module, students learn about application management on-premise and cloud-based solutions. This module will cover how to manage Office 365 ProPlus deployments in Intune as well as how to manage apps on non-enrolled devices. The module will conclude with an overview of Enterprise Mode with Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge and tracking your installed applications, licenses, and assigned apps using Intune.


    • Implement Mobile Application Management (MAM)
    • Deploying and updating applications
    • Administering applications

    Lab : Practice Lab - Managing Applications

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe the methods for application management.
    • Deploy applications using Intune and Group Policy.
    • Configure Microsoft Store for Business.
    • Deploy Office365 ProPlus using Intune.
    • Manage and report application inventory and licenses.
  • Module 7: Managing Authentication in Azure AD

    In this module, students well be introduced to the concept of directory in the cloud with Azure AD. Students will learn the similarities and differences between Azure AD and Active Directory DS and how to synchronize between the two. Students will explore identity management in Azure AD and learn about identity protection using Windows Hello for Business, as well as Azure AD Identity Protection and multi-factor authentication.


    • Azure AD Overview
    • Managing identities in Azure AD
    • Protecting identities in Azure AD
    • Managing device authentication

    Lab : Practice Lab - Managing objects and authentication in Azure AD

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Describe the capabilities of Azure AD.
    • Manage users using Azure AD with Active Directory DS.
    • Implement Windows Hello for Business.
    • Join devices to Azure AD.
  • Module 8: Managing Device Access and Compliance


    • Microsoft Intune Overview
    • Implement device compliance policies

    Lab : Managing Access and Compliance

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe methods of enabling access from external networks. 
    • Deploy compliance and conditional access policies.
    • Use Intune to monitor device compliance.
  • Module 9: Managing Security

    In this module, students will learn about data protection. Topics will include Windows & Azure Information Protection, and various encryption technologies supported in Windows 10. This module also covers key capabilities of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection and how to implement these capabilities on devices in your organization. The module concludes using Windows Defender and using functionalities such as antivirus, firewall and Credential Guard.


    • Implement device data protection
    • Managing Windows Defender ATP
    • Managing Windows Defender in Windows 10

    Lab : Practice Lab - Managing Security in Windows 10

    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe the methods protecting device data.
    • Describe the capabilities and benefits of Windows ATP.
    • Deploy and manage settings for Windows Defender clients.

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Managing Modern Desktops Training FAQs

  • What certification does this course prepare you for?

    This course prepares you for the Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate certification.
  • What exams do I need to take to earn the Microsoft 365 Certified: Messaging Administrator Associate certification?

    You need to pass exams Windows 10 (MD-100) and MD-101 in order to earn the certification.
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