Retired Course

Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate (MD-101) Online Training

Note: The exam associated with this course was retired. However, this course still retains value as a training resource.
The certification exam associated with this course has been retired. If you'd like to prepare for the newest Modern Desktop Administrator Associate exam, please watch our Microsoft 365 Certified: Endpoint Administrator Associate (MD-102) course. This course will be retired from our catalog on 6/14/24.

This intermediate Microsoft Desktop Administrator training prepares learners to take the MD-101 exam, which is one of two exams required to earn the Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate certification.

There are a few different ways to approach a career in IT. One of the first steps is often a junior systems administrator position — in other words: support. Where you go after that is up to you, but you can get started with this training. It’s designed to cover every aspect of what Microsoft says a modern desktop administrator needs to know. After taking this MD-101 course, you’ll be ready to test and certify that you can deploy, configure, secure, manage, and monitor devices and client applications in an enterprise environment.

For IT managers, this Desktop Administrator training can be used for MD-101 exam prep, on-boarding new support technicians or junior systems administrations, or as part of a Microsoft 365 migration training plan.

MD-101: What You Need to Know

This Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate training maps to the Microsoft MD-101 exam’s objectives, and covers topics such as:

  • Provision Windows clients by using Windows Autopilot
  • Deploy Windows clients by using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)
  • Manage AD DS, Azure AD users, and Azure AD groups
  • Implementing, managing, and planning device compliance policies and device profiles
  • Maintain, monitor, and troubleshoot Windows 10 environments
  • Manage and protect devices using Windows Defender and Intune device enrollment and inventory
  • Deploy and update applications and implement application protection

Who Should Take MD-101 Training?

This Desktop Administrator training is considered associate-level Microsoft training, which means it was designed for desktop support specialists. This MD-101 course is valuable for new IT professionals with at least a year of experience with Windows 10 and experienced desktop support specialists looking to validate their Microsoft skills.

New or aspiring desktop support specialists. In some ways, new support techs have it easy. It’s easier than ever to deploy, manage, secure, and monitor devices and client apps in a Windows enterprise environment. However, there’s a lot to learn on Microsoft 365, like Windows Defender, Azure AD, IE enterprise mode, Windows Autopilot, and Intune. Even if you’re not using this MD-101 course to certify, every new system administrator or desktop support specialist should learn these valuable, modern enterprise management services.

Experienced desktop support specialists. Microsoft 365 is an entirely new platform with powerful enterprise services. For senior support techs or systems administrators, this MD-101 training will teach you all about modern desktop management. It’s certainly easier than it used to be to manage enterprise desktops, but you’ll still need the right Windows and Azure training to use all the management features. Even if you’re not using this MD-101 course to certify, you can still use the training as an on-site resource.

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