Microsoft MD-101 - Managing Modern Desktops

Hours: 40 / Access Length: 12 Months / Delivery: Online, Self-Paced
Retail Price: $995.00

Course Overview:

This course is going to be discontinued on February 6th, 2024 due to the Microsoft MD-101 - Managing Modern Desktops exam being retired.  No further enrollments will be allowed into this course.

This course gets into managing modern desktops. Topics covered include planning a Windows 10 deployment, Windows 10 installation options, Windows Update as a service, user and device profiles, device enrollment with Intune and Azure, managing applications, Azure AD identity management, implementing compliance and device authentication, and implementing Windows 10 security.

This course includes FREE access for 12 months to a cloud based lab platform to assist students in developing the practical information technology (IT) skills necessary to succeed in high in demand IT jobs. This cloud based lab solution uses real equipment that enables our students to execute each practical task in a safe environment that is accessible from anywhere without needing to buy their own hardware or risk damage to their own system.

Along with providing the necessary hardware in a virtual environment, students gain access to high quality practical exercises that cover many of the exam topics they will encounter on their certifying exams.

This course prepares a student to take the Microsoft MD-101 Managing Modern Desktops certification exam.

Course Outline:

Chapter 1 - Planning a Windows 10 Deployment
  • Planning a Windows 10 Deployment
  • Topic A: Overview of the Desktop Lifecycle
  • The Enterprise Desktop Life-cycle Model
  • Planning and Potential Cost
  • Building a Desktop Deployment Strategy
  • Operation and Support
  • Upgrading and Retirement
  • Windows Store and Windows Store for Business
  • Demo - The Windows Store and Windows Store for Business
  • Topic B: Deployment and Assessment Tools
  • Deployment Planning and Readiness Tools
  • Application Compatibility Tools and Workarounds
  • Demo - Application Compatibility Toolkit
  • Deployment Tools for Windows 10
  • Overview of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
  • Demo - Setting up MDT
  • Demo - Setting up MDT
  • Tools Used with Traditional Imaging
  • System Center Configuration Manager Overview
  • Co-Management with SCCM and Intune
  • Understanding Installation Types
  • WDS Role in Server Manager
  • Demo - LTI Thin Image Install using WDS
  • Chapter 1 Review
Chapter 2 - Windows 10 Installation Options
  • Windows 10 Installation Options
  • Topic A: Deploying and Upgrading to Windows 10
  • Windows 10 Installation Methods
  • Deploying Windows 10
  • Intro to Windows Autopilot
  • Windows Autopilot Deployment
  • Windows Autopilot Deployment
  • Demo - Creating a Windows Autopilot Deployment Profile
  • Demo - Installing Windows 10 (High Touch Installation)
  • Demo - Using DISM (Creating a Capture Image)
  • Demo - Using DISM (Creating a Capture Image)
  • In-place Upgrades
  • Supported Upgrade Paths
  • Performing a Windows 10 In-place Upgrade
  • Demo - Performing a Windows 10 In-place Upgrade
  • Topic B: Migrating to Windows 10
  • Migration Considerations
  • USMT
  • USMT Migration Rules
  • Demo - Migrating User State with USMT
  • User State
  • User Experience Virtualization (UE-V)
  • Azure Enterprise State Roaming
  • Demo - Azure RMS
  • Topic C: Post Deployment and Activation
  • Windows 10 Activation
  • Windows Configuration Designer
  • Demo - Windows Configuration Designer
  • Demo - Windows Configuration Designer
  • MDM Auto Enrollment with Azure AD Join
  • Chapter 2 Review
Chapter 3 - Windows Update as a Service
  • Windows Update as a Service
  • Topic A: Windows 10 Updates
  • Windows 10 Servicing Channels
  • Windows 10 Servicing Options Deployment Rings
  • Demo - Windows 10 Servicing Options Deployment Rings
  • Applying Updates to Windows 10
  • Windows Update Settings
  • Demo - Windows Update Settings
  • Using a WSUS Server to Deploy Updates
  • Demo - WSUS
  • Group Policy Settings for Configuring Windows Update
  • Overview of Windows Insider Program
  • Topic B: Updates for Business
  • What is Windows 10 Update for Business?
  • Configuring Windows 10 Update for Business
  • Configuring Windows Update for Business with Group Policy
  • Demo - Configuring Windows Update for Business with Group Policy
  • Using Intune to Configure Windows Update for Business
  • Overview of Desktop Analytics
  • Desktop Analytics Compatibility Assessment
  • Chapter 3 Review

Chapter 4 - User and Device Profiles

  • User and Device Profiles
  • Topic A: Device Profiles
  • Profile Types for Devices
  • Intune Device Profile Types
  • Custom Device Profiles
  • Demo - Creating a Profile for a Kiosk
  • Using Microsoft Intune to Monitor Device Profiles
  • Topic B: User Profiles
  • What is a User Profile
  • What is a User Profile
  • Profile Types for Users
  • Profile Extension for each Windows Version
  • Configuring Folder Redirection
  • Demo - Creating a Roaming Profile
  • Demo - Folder Redirection
  • Chapter 4 Review
Chapter 5 - Device Enrollment with Intune and Azure
  • Device Enrollment with Intune and Azure
  • Topic A: Device Management and Enrollment
  • Modern Management
  • Define an Integration Strategy
  • Co-Management Overview
  • Co-Management Requirements
  • Overview of Migrating Group Policy to (MDM) Mobile Device Management
  • Overview of MDM Migration Analysis Tool (MMAT)
  • Demo - MMAT
  • Topic B: Intune Device Enrollment and Inventory
  • Managing Mobile Devices with Intune
  • Device Management Lifecycle
  • Activating MDM Services
  • Intune Company Portal
  • Supported Devices
  • Deploying MDM Services
  • Overview of Enrolling Windows 10 Devices in Intune
  • Overview of Enrolling Android Devices to Intune
  • Overview of Enrolling iOS Devices to Intune
  • Overview of Intune Enrollment Rules
  • Managing Corporate Enrollment Policy with Intune
  • Demo - Integrate Azure and Intune in the Enrollment Process
  • Device and Application Reporting
  • Chapter 5 Review
Chapter 6 - Managing Applications
  • Managing Applications
  • Topic A: Mobile Application Management (MAM)
  • Types of Apps for Windows 10
  • What is Mobile Application Management (MAM)
  • Overview of Applications in MAM
  • Overview of Configuration Manager for (MAM)
  • Configuring and Managing MAM Policies in Intune
  • Demo - How to Create and Assign App Protection Policies
  • Topic B: Deploying Apps
  • Microsoft Intune App Lifecycle
  • How to Deploy Applications with Intune
  • How to Deploy Applications with Group Policy
  • How to Deploy Apps with SCCM
  • Demo - Group Policy App Deployments
  • Demo - Intune App Deployments
  • Overview of the Microsoft Store for Business
  • Requirements for Using Microsoft Store for Business
  • Demo - Microsoft Store for Business
  • Topic C: App Inventory and Administration
  • Implementing and Managing Apps with Intune
  • App Management for Non-Enrolled Devices
  • Office 365 ProPlus Deployment with Intune
  • Demo - How to Inventory Apps in Intune
  • Chapter 6 Review
Chapter 7 - Azure AD Identity Management
  • Azure AD Identity Management
  • Topic A: Overview of Azure AD
  • Overview of Azure AD
  • Characteristics of AD DS
  • Characteristics of Azure AD
  • Compare Azure AD and AD DS
  • Azure AD Premium P1&P2
  • What is Azure AD Domain Services?
  • Topic B: Managing Azure AD Identities
  • Creating and Managing Azure AD Users
  • Creating and Managing Azure AD Groups
  • User Accounts in Azure AD
  • User Roles and RBAC in Azure AD
  • Demo - Creating an Azure AD User
  • Demo - Using RBAC to Assign a Role in Azure AD
  • Using Windows PowerShell Cmdlets for Azure AD Objects
  • Creating Users by Using Bulk Import
  • Using AD Connect to Synchronize from AD DS to Azure AD
  • Topic C: Identity Protection in Azure AD
  • Windows Hello for Business Deployment and Management
  • Biometric Sign-in
  • Azure AD Identity Protection Overview
  • Azure AD Self-Service Password Reset
  • Implementing MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) in Azure AD
  • Demo - Enable MFA for a Single Azure AD User
  • Demo - Azure AD Self-Service Password Reset
  • Chapter 7 Review
Chapter 8 - Implementing Compliance and Device Authentication
  • Implementing Compliance and Device Authentication
  • Topic A: Device Authentication
  • What is Azure AD Join?
  • Prerequisites for Azure AD Join
  • How to Join Devices to Azure AD
  • Managing Azure AD Devices
  • Manage and Monitor Devices Enrolled in Intune
  • Topic B: Accessing Resources and Access Services
  • Overview of VPNs
  • VPN Protocols
  • Built-in VPN Client
  • IPSec (IP Security)
  • Always on VPN
  • Demo - Creating a VPN
  • Demo - IPSEC
  • Topic C: Intune Device Compliance Policies and Conditional Access
  • Intune Compliance Policy for Devices
  • Using Intune to Deploy a Compliance Policy
  • Creating and Managing Conditional Access Policies
  • Monitoring Compliance Policies and Conditional Access
  • How to Monitor Conditional Access
  • Demo - Creating a Compliance Policy and a Device Configuration Profile
  • Chapter 8 Review
Chapter 9 - Implementing Windows 10 Security
  • Implementing Windows 10 Security
  • Topic A: Windows 10 Data Protection
  • What is Windows Information Protection?
  • Planning Windows Information Protection
  • Windows Information Protection Policies and Usage
  • What is EFS (Encrypted File System)?
  • Demo - EFS
  • What is Bitlocker?
  • Comparing BitLocker and EFS
  • Demo - Bitlocker
  • What is BitLocker To Go?
  • Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring
  • Overview of Azure Information Protection
  • Configuring AIP Labels and AIP Policies
  • Topic B: Administering Windows Defender ATP
  • An Overview of Windows Defender
  • Overview Windows Defender Application Guard
  • Overview of Windows Defender Exploit Guard in Windows 10
  • Overview of Windows Defender System Guard in Windows 10
  • Overview of the Windows Security Center
  • Overview of Windows Defender Credential Guard and How to Implement
  • Using Windows Defender Antivirus
  • Demo - Quick Scan Windows Defender Antivirus
  • Implementing Windows Defender Firewall
  • Implementing Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security
  • Connection Security Rules
  • Demo - Windows Defender Advanced Firewall
  • Chapter 9 Review
  • Course Closure

All necessary course materials are included.


This course prepares a student to take the Microsoft MD-101 Managing Modern Desktops certification exam.

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:

  • Cable, Fiber, DSL, or LEO Satellite (i.e. Starlink) internet with speeds of at least 10mb/sec download and 5mb/sec upload are recommended for the best experience.

NOTE: While cellular hotspots may allow access to our courses, users may experience connectivity issues by trying to access our learning management system.  This is due to the potential high download and upload latency of cellular connections.   Therefore, it is not recommended that students use a cellular hotspot as their primary way of accessing their courses.

Hardware Requirements:

  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 4 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher.  1920x1080 resolution is recommended for the best experience.
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone for Webinar or Live Online sessions.

Operating System Requirements:

  • Windows 7 or higher.
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:

  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari

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  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is described in the above course outline.

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